PANAMA CITY, Panama–(HISPANIC PR WIRE – BUSINESS WIRE)–July 2, 2003–Copa Airlines announced today the renewal of the airline’s Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) Maintenance Repair Station certification (DC1Y003F) following the FAA’s annual inspection visit to Copa’s facilities in Panama.
The certification, which requires an annual audit, certifies Copa Airlines as a Repair Station under international standards and qualifies it to provide maintenance for some of its fleet components. Copa also received certification to provide line maintenance to North American-registered Boeing 737-200 and 737-700 aircraft.
The audit was recently by mechanical and aircraft inspectors and included a review of hangars, warehouse, and battery, wheel and motor shops.
“This renewal of certification reflects the dedication of Copa’s vice presidents of Maintenance and Technical Purchasing who carry out their duties under the strictest standards for quality,” stated Pedro Heilbron, CEO of Copa Airlines. “Such attention to detail is what has put us in the privileged position we enjoy in the industry.”
Copa Airlines has a strategic alliance with Continental Airlines that includes participation in the award-winning OnePass frequent flyer program.
With more than 55 years of experience, Copa Airlines (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 Rodriguez, 210/619-2020 (U.S.)