Copa Airlines Celebrates 70th Anniversary

Copa Airlines celebrated its 70th anniversary with a special event held in its maintenance hangar, recalling how in 1947 a group of Panamanian entrepreneurs and visionaries joined Pan Am to found Copa Airlines, which started with domestic services connecting the Panamanian capital with two local cities.

70 years later, Copa Airlines serves the most complete route network in Latin America, connecting a total of 75 destinations in 31 countries throughout the Americas.

“Seven decades ago, thinking that Panama City would become the most connected city on the American continent and that Copa would be a benchmark in the aviation industry: they seemed like very distant dreams. Today, with great pride, I can say that thanks to people who have marked the way, the trust of our customers and partners and, of course, our thousands of collaborators, Copa Airlines has changed the way of flying in Latin America," said Pedro Heilbron, CEO of Copa Airlines.

The growth of Copa Airlines during these 70 years has also been thanks to important alliances that have strengthened the product and business model of the Panamanian airline.

Its fleet now totals 101 aircraft and Copa will begin to receive the first 737 MAX 9 aircraft in August 2018, out of a total of 71 737 MAX 8, 9 and 10 aircraft. Also in 2018, Terminal B of Tocumen International Airport will start operating, expanding the current capacity to 54 contact approach doors and 12 remotes, as well as new migration facilities, customs and other services that will strengthen the Tocumen travel experience.

Heilbron concluded by emphasising that at Copa Airlines: “We will continue to work and focus on better connecting America, so that more families stay united, people enjoy the wonders of the region, Panama and the communities where we operate develop, the Businesses and professionals to prosper and that human beings benefit."

The event was attended by authorities, guilds, collaborators, suppliers and media, who also witnessed the unveiling of a Boeing 737-800 NG commemorating the 70th anniversary. It carries the message “Connecting America” and an emblematic design of the 70 years painted on the tail of the aircraft.

-- Thelma Zhuo