Copa Airlines to Acquire New Internet-Based Air Cargo and Courier System

Copa Airlines to Acquire New Internet-Based Air Cargo and Courier System



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Panama City, Panama–(HISPANIC PR WIRE – BUSINESS WIRE)–April 7, 2004–Copa Airlines announced today that it has signed a contract with CHAMP Cargosystems for a new high-tech Internet-based cargo system called Cargo Handling and Management Planning (eCHAMP).

eCHAMP consists of a user-friendly interface, which offers automated monitoring of events, a reservations module, follow-up and online shipment tracking, and electronic delivery confirmation. In addition, it includes bar code controls and information management functions.

“We are proud to initiate a project that will provide our customers with the latest in advanced air cargo and courier systems. Copa continues to demonstrate its efforts to offer first-class services,” said Jaime Alvarez, Senior Director, Copa Airlines Cargo.

Other eCHAMP benefits include a courier module called Express that permits its users to build their own guides online, with the capability of following them through the copacourier.com Web site. It meets the air cargo standards of Cargo 2000, which assures better service through the entire merchandise transportation chain. In addition, Copa will integrate its eCHAMP system with those of other airlines and customs services in the region.

Copa Airlines (copaair.com) 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.

Established in 1947, Copa Airlines has one of the youngest fleets and best on-time performance records in the industry, and is the first airline in the Americas to utilize Vertical Situation Display technology, an enhanced ground-proximity warning system. In November 2002, PODER Magazine, Booz, Allen & Hamilton and Egon Zehnder International gave Copa the “Best Regionalization in Latin America” award, and in December of that same year, the Central American Tourism Federation gave Copa Airlines the “Turismo Sin Fronteras” (Tourism Without Borders) award. In April 2003, Copa received AirFinance Journal’s first “Developing Airline of the Year” Award. In 2004, the airline expects to transport 1.4 million passengers.

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CONTACT:

Copa Airlines, Panama

Patricia Roquebert

507-225-7655

Copa Airlines to Acquire New Internet-Based Air Cargo and Courier System