PANAMA CITY, Panama–(HISPANIC PR WIRE – BUSINESS WIRE)–Jan. 30, 2003–Copa Airlines announced an agreement with Mexicana Airlines to operate code-share flights between Panama and Mexico.
The code-share agreement will begin with 17 flights weekly between Panama and Mexico City, and six flights weekly between Panama and Cancun.
The new code-share flights will take effect on Feb. 18, 2003. Travelers will be able to access reservations beginning Jan. 25 through any Copa or Mexicana Reservations Center. This alliance will broaden the range of each of the airlines’ routes and allow them to offer passengers better schedules to two of the most important capital cities and tourist centers in Latin America.
Copa Airlines will operate the routes with the new Boeing 737-700 Next Generation aircraft with seating for 124 passengers: 12 in Executive Class and 112 in economy class. Mexicana will operate the high-tech Airbus 319 on the route, with 120 seats: 12 in Executive Class and 108 in economy class.
“This agreement with Mexicana is of great value for Copa Airlines, because in addition to offering two daily flights to our customers, it allows us to increase and strengthen the business and tourist relations between the two countries,” said Jorge Garcia Icaza, Commercial Vice President, Copa Airlines. “Increasing travel options for our passengers is one of our priorities as an airline and goes far toward guaranteeing customer satisfaction with our service.”
“We are very pleased with the agreement that we have reached with Copa Airlines because it permits us to accommodate the growing number of travelers from an important point of connection with all Latin America,” said Fabricio Cojuc, Director of Network and Alliance Planning at Mexicana de Aviacion. “Mexicana and Copa Airlines share a great industry tradition and service philosophy.”
Passengers can fly from the U.S. to Panama City on Copa Airlines via daily non-stop service from Los Angeles and Miami, as well as four times weekly from Orlando. Copa Airlines has a strategic alliance with Continental Airlines, including 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 the opportunity to redeem miles for tickets, upgrades and merchandise.
With more than 55 years in the market, Copa Airlines (http://www.copaair.com) flies to 29 destinations in 19 countries in North, Central and South America and the Caribbean. In September 2001, Copa was named to the “Excelencia 2001” list of America Economia Magazine for its “innovation, creativity and leadership in the field of aviation.” In November 2002 PODER Magazine, Booz, Allen & Hamilton, and Egon Zehnder International awarded Copa the “Best Regionalization in Latin America” award for its “success in developing its hubs in Panama, which contributes to the continual development of Latin America.”
From its base at Tocumen International Airport in Panama, Copa Airlines operates the Hub of the Americas, one of the most efficient and successful hubs in Latin America. In 2003, the airline expects to transport 1.3 million passengers.
Mexicana Airlines ranks amongst the four most experienced carriers in the world and is the international airline leader for travel between the U.S. and Mexico. Their fleet is considered one the most modern and youngest worldwide, transporting over 8 million passengers between fifty-three (53) destinations in North, Central, South America and the Caribbean. As a member of the prestigious Star Alliance, the largest airline network in the world, Mexicana offers its passengers extended benefits, mileage accrual, access to executive lounges and coordinated flight schedules designed to connect with vast networks that include over 720 destinations worldwide.