PANAMA CITY, Panama–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Nov. 5, 2003–Copa Airlines today announced delivery of another new Boeing 737-700 “Next Generation” aircraft equipped with advanced Vertical Situation Display (VSD) technology, bringing its total of 737-700 aircraft to 14.
In early October, Copa became the first airline in the Americas to incorporate VSD technology in its fleet. VSD, which builds on an Enhanced Ground Proximity Warning system, provides pilots a clear view of the airplane’s current and predicted flight path. All new Copa Airlines aircraft will be equipped with the VSD system, developed by Boeing; the system will be incorporated into Copa’s existing fleet in the next few months.
“Our goal is to provide our customers with the safest, most reliable and most modern airline transportation available anywhere in the world,” said Copa Airlines CEO Pedro Heilbron. “By the end of 2004 we expect to have the most modern and youngest fleet in the airline industry.”
The Boeing 737-700’s high-tech “winglets,” an advanced wing design, allow the aircraft to fly faster with less noise, at higher altitudes and in hotter temperatures, improving fuel efficiency. The 737-700 has capacity for 124 passengers, 12 in Business Class (Clase Ejecutiva) and 112 in the main cabin. The aircraft has spacious interiors with large overhead compartments, seats with adjustable “wing” headrests and a 12-channel audio and video entertainment system.
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 of experience, Copa Airlines (http://www.copaair.com) flies to 30 destinations in 20 countries in North, Central and South America and the Caribbean. 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 Boundaries) award. In April 2003 Copa received AirFinance Journal’s first-ever “Developing Airline of the Year” Award.
From its base at Tocumen International Airport in Panama City, 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.
Patricia Roquebert, 507-225-7655 (Panama)
Lilliana Perez, 210-619-2020 (U.S.)