Copa Airlines Achieves IOSA Registration Granted by International Air Transport Association; Airline...

Copa Airlines Achieves IOSA Registration Granted by International Air Transport Association; Airline is Recognized for Meeting International Standards of Quality and Operational Excellence



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PANAMA CITY, Panama–(HISPANIC PR WIRE – BUSINESS WIRE)–August 5, 2005–Copa Airlines has earned IOSA Registration from the International Air Transport Association (IATA). The IATA Operational Safety Audit Program (IOSA) is a standardized audit of airline operational safety management and control systems in such areas as corporate organization and management, flight operations, operational control/flight dispatch, aircraft engineering and maintenance, cabin operations, aircraft ground handling, cargo operations and operational security.

Copa Airlines is among an exclusive group of global airlines that have satisfactorily completed the audit of quality, safety and operational performance, which guarantees compliance with the highest standards in the aviation industry worldwide. IOSA Registration will allow Copa to add codeshare flights with other world-class airlines and major alliances such as SkyTeam.

“At Copa Airlines we are very proud of being part of a select group of airlines that have qualified to obtain IATA Registration,” said Pedro Heilbron, CEO of Copa Airlines. “This achievement is due to the dedication and professionalism of our coworkers and reaffirms our vision and commitment to be the leading airline in Latin American aviation industry.”

IATA, the largest trade association in the international aviation industry, brings together more than 270 public and private airlines from 140 nations. Its principal mission is to promote reliable and safe air service through the cooperation of its members. IOSA is one of the most recent tools created by the IATA for this purpose.

The IOSA Standards, which were developed by IATA specialists, other international associations, airlines, and governmental safety agencies in several countries, are continuously updated.

Copa Airlines (http://www.copaair.com) is a leading Latin American provider of international airline passenger service. Operating from its strategic location at the Hub of the Americas in the Republic of Panama, Copa currently offers approximately 80 daily scheduled flights to 30 destinations in 20 countries in North, Central and South America and the Caribbean. In addition, Copa provides passengers with access to flights to more than 120 other international destinations through codeshare agreements with Continental Airlines and other airlines. Copa and Continental also share a strategic alliance partnership that includes joint participation in Continental’s award-winning frequent flyer program, OnePass(R). Copa Airlines offers nonstop service to Panama City from four U.S. cities: daily from New York City, twice daily from Miami, daily from Los Angeles, and four times a week from Orlando. For more company information, visit http://www.copaair.com.

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CONTACT:

Copa Airlines

Patricia Roquebert, 507-225-7655/7868 (Panama)

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Mayra Meza Zulayka, 210-619-2020 (U.S.)

Copa Airlines Achieves IOSA Registration Granted by International Air Transport Association; Airline is Recognized for Meeting International Standards of Quality and Operational Excellence