Panama City, Panama–(HISPANIC PR WIRE – BUSINESS WIRE)–April 27, 2004–Copa
Airlines announced today that it will begin daily nonstop service from its “Hub
of the Americas” in Panama City to John F. Kennedy Airport in New York
City on June 17.
With the addition of New York, Copa Airlines will offer direct service from
Panama City to four U.S. cities. Currently Copa operates nonstop service from
the U.S. to Panama City, twice daily from Miami, daily from Los Angeles, and
four times weekly from Orlando. Through its partnership and codeshare alliance
with Continental Airlines, Copa also serves over 110 additional U.S. cities
on flights operated by Continental to and from its hubs in Houston and Newark.
“We are extremely pleased to offer service from the financial capital
of Latin America — Panama — to the financial capital of the world, New York,”
said Pedro Heilbron, CEO of Copa Airlines. “Business travelers and the
increasingly growing Latino population of the East Coast will appreciate Copa
Airlines’ strategic location in Panama City, where they can connect to more
than 27 other destinations throughout Central and South America and the Caribbean.”
The flight schedule is:
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NEW YORK (CM 803) PANAMA CITY 6:00 a.m.
PANAMA CITY (CM 804) NEW YORK 7:30 p.m.
Copa, which has one of the youngest aircraft fleets in the Americas, will operate
a Boeing 737 “Next Generation” aircraft on its daily nonstop service
between New York and Panama. The modern 737 aircraft has spacious interiors
with large overhead compartments, seats with adjustable headrests, and a 12-channel
audio and video entertainment system. Copa’s Boeing 737s are equipped with Vertical
Situation Display (VSD), a sophisticated flight deck instrument that provides
pilots a clear view of the airplane’s current and predicted flight path, and
“winglets,” an advanced wing design that allows the aircraft to operate
Copa Airlines and Continental Airlines share a strategic alliance partnership
that includes joint participation in Continental’s award-winning frequent flyer
program, OnePass(R). Members of the program may earn miles on either Copa or
Continental flights, as well as enjoy the opportunity to redeem miles for tickets,
upgrades, and merchandise.
Copa Airlines (http://www.copaair.com) began service in 1947. Today the airline
flies to 30 destinations in 20 countries in North, Central and South America
and the Caribbean from its Hub of the Americas at Tocumen International Airport
in Panama City, Panama, one of the most efficient and successful hubs in Latin
America. In addition, Copa offers flights to 120 other international destinations
through codeshare agreements with Continental and Mexicana airlines. Copa has
one of the best on-time performance records in the industry. In 1st quarter
2004, the airline reported an on-time arrival record of 95.6 percent.
In April 2004, Copa was named Best Airline in Central America, Mexico and the
Caribbean by SkyTrax, an English market-survey company that conducts the World
Airline Survey, the largest airline passenger survey in existence.
Mayra Meza Zulayka