Copa Airlines Takes Delivery of Second Boeing 737-800

Copa Airlines Takes Delivery of Second Boeing 737-800

Aircraft is equipped with advanced technology Vertical Situation Display (VSD)Copa is first airline in the Americas with VSD system


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PANAMA CITY, Panama–(HISPANIC PR WIRE – BUSINESS WIRE)–Nov. 19, 2003–Copa Airlines has taken delivery of a new Boeing 737-800 “Next Generation” aircraft, the second 737-800 in Copa’s fleet and the 16th aircraft in the airline’s new fleet composed of Boeing 737-700s and 737-800s. The Boeing 737-800 is the most technologically advanced passenger aircraft available in commercial aviation today. The aircraft, the largest in the Copa fleet, features the sophisticated flight deck instrument called Vertical Situation Display (VSD), which builds on an Enhanced Ground Proximity warning system that provides pilots a clear view of the airplane’s current and predicted flight path.

Copa was the first airline in the Americas to utilize advanced VSD technology, which will be incorporated into Copa’s existing fleet.

“Copa Airlines continues its policy of utilizing the most advanced technology available in aviation to maintain its position among the world’s major airlines,” said Copa Airlines CEO Pedro Heilbron. “Our passengers are assured of flying on the most modern fleet in the industry.”

The new 737-800s also feature “blended winglets,” an all-new advanced wing design. Winglets allow the aircraft to take off more easily from high-altitude airports and in higher temperatures, making it more fuel-efficient. In addition, the winglets enable the airline to transport more passengers and cargo on long-distance routes.

The Boeing 737-800 has capacity for 155 passengers, 14 in Business Class (Clase Ejecutiva) and 141 in the main cabin. The aircraft has spacious interiors with large overhead compartments, seats with adjustable headrests and a 12-channel audio and video entertainment system.

Copa began the second phase of its fleet modernization in 2003, with a commitment of approximately $650 million.

From the U.S., Copa Airlines operates nonstop service to Panama City twice daily from Miami, daily from Los Angeles, and four times weekly from Orlando.

Copa Airlines (http://www.copaair.com), established in 1947, 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. Copa has one of the youngest fleets and best on-time performance records in the industry. 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 “Developing Airline of the Year” Award. In 2003, the airline expects to transport 1.3 million passengers.

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CONTACT:

Copa Airlines

Patricia Roquebert, 507-225-7655 (Panama)

or

Lilliana Perez, 210-619-2020 (U.S.)

Copa Airlines Takes Delivery of Second Boeing 737-800