COPA AIRLINES REPORTS 90.25% ON-TIME PERFORMANCE RECORD FOR SECOND QUARTER 2002, AIRLINES...

COPA AIRLINES REPORTS 90.25% ON-TIME PERFORMANCE RECORD FOR SECOND QUARTER 2002, AIRLINES ENDS SECOND QUARTER WITH ONE OF THE INDUSTRY’S HIGHEST RECORDS



SHARE THIS ARTICLE

PANAMA CITY, Panama–(HISPANIC PR WIRE – BUSINESS WIRE)–July 29, 2002–Copa Airlines today reported the highest on-time performance record in Latin America, also the airline’s second-highest system-wide.

Copa finished the second quarter of 2002 with a record of 90.25 percent.

Copa Airlines also achieved a high ranking 92.13 percent record in this year’s first quarter and was identified as the airline with the best on-time performance record among all airlines operating at the Mexico City International Airport during 2001 in a Feb. 6 operations report issued by airport officials.

“We feel very proud of Copa’s high-ranking record of reliability which includes not only on-time performance, but the completion of more than 99 percent of our scheduled flights. Additionally, our modern fleet, safety focus and high-quality service serves as proof that Copa is the best airline when traveling within the Americas,” said Larry Ganse, operations senior vice president of Copa Airlines.

“We know that getting to your destination on time is a top priority for our passengers and we plan to continue our efforts to maintain one of the industry’s highest on-time performance records.”

The airline measures its on-time performance utilizing the U.S. Department of Transportation industry standard measure of a maximum 15-minute variation from the scheduled time of arrival.

Copa’s strategic alliance with Continental Airlines has produced an interconnection of route systems on flights between the United States and Latin America. Both airlines participate in OnePass, the frequent flyer program of Continental Airlines and its affiliates, and share benefits of Presidents Clubs around the world.

With more than 55 years of experience, Copa Airlines (http://www.copaair.com) serves 29 destinations in 19 countries in North, Central and South America and the Caribbean. In September 2001, Copa was named to the “Excelencia 2001” (“Excellence 2001”) list in America Economia for “innovation, creativity and leadership in the field of aviation.” 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 2002, the airline expects to transport 1.2 million passengers.

–30–bd/sa*

CONTACT:

Copa Airlines

Carol Schliesinger-Cura

210/619-2022 – U.S.A.

or

Patricia Roquebert

507/225-7655 – Panama

COPA AIRLINES REPORTS 90.25% ON-TIME PERFORMANCE RECORD FOR SECOND QUARTER 2002, AIRLINES ENDS SECOND QUARTER WITH ONE OF THE INDUSTRY’S HIGHEST RECORDS