Summa767 From United Kingdom, joined Mar 2004, 2633 posts, RR: 6 Posted (10 years 10 months 4 weeks 1 day 3 hours ago) and read 1821 times:
Panama based Copa airlines has announced the acquisition of 4 additional new generation Boeing 737s.
It has also announced an increase in flights to Buenos Aires and Sao Paulo. This will be in two phases, starting in January 2005 with 3 extra weekly flights to Buenos Aires, and 4 to Sao Paulo. By June 2005 these 2 cities will be served by 2 daily non-stop flights from Panama.
Copa is definitely consolidating itself in South America, making good use of its strategic hub location.
Miamiair From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 1, posted (10 years 10 months 4 weeks 1 day 2 hours ago) and read 1786 times:
Indeed, COPA ordered two additional 737-700s for 2006 and leased one 737-700, and one -800 from 2005.
Nice business model. Their in-cabin service is better than most carriers operating Central/South America for what you pay. I flew MIA-PTY-BAQ, with an intermediate stop in CTG; on the PTY-CTG leg they offer a sandwich, bag of chips and soda for a 50 minute flight. Nice clean airplanes (the NGs).
The only drawback I found is the layover in PTY.
Apart from that, only nice things to say about COPA.
SOUTHAMERICA From Colombia, joined Dec 2003, 2498 posts, RR: 9
Reply 4, posted (10 years 10 months 4 weeks 22 hours ago) and read 1689 times:
Great news for Copa, and Panama at that. With the addition of these new services to EZE and GRU, they are now closer and closer to their objective of serving twice daily most of their destinations.
I, as well, only hear nice things about COPA. Almost all connections are timed and planned pretty well, in a way that the passenger gets off the plane and hops into the other one right away. Only a few flights like PTY-LAX and PTY-JFK that depart in the evening are a headache for connecting pasengers inbound from South Ameruica that arrive to PTY in the morning.
N1120a From United States of America, joined Dec 2003, 27802 posts, RR: 74
Reply 5, posted (10 years 10 months 4 weeks 11 hours ago) and read 1558 times:
It seems like COPA is a really good airline. I have spoken to a couple of Panamanians that I go to law school with, and they are really happy with what it has become. They also offer really good fares from LAX-South America. I am guessing they would fly a 757 PTY-MIA-MAD, especially if they have 5th freedoms on the MIA-MAD route
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Tavong From Colombia, joined Jul 2001, 863 posts, RR: 4
Reply 7, posted (10 years 10 months 4 weeks 10 hours ago) and read 1523 times:
Well i nfact Copa has been considating has a great airline in terms of fleet and service, they operate from/to almost all LA to Panama and an easy conection with Continental network, is by far the most successfull Latin airline just behind LAN, great news and good for them that they are growing...
Just put me on any modern airliner and i will be happy, give me more star alliance miles and i will be a lot more happy.
757MDE From Colombia, joined Sep 2004, 1753 posts, RR: 5
Reply 8, posted (10 years 10 months 4 weeks 8 hours ago) and read 1490 times:
The new 738 will also be used in some routes for which the 737-700 is not enough in peak season, and that couldn't be upgraded because the lack of 738s.
About the 757.. I don't think Copa will get one, remember, one of the keys of Copa's success is fleet commonality, adding a 757 wouldn't be wise, specially adding a single 757 for a single route, which btw is pretty unlikely. (Although the 752 has proved well TransAtlantic travel wise for CO from EWR to England and OSL, but who knows from MIA until MAD, I guess the distance is bigger, although I'm not sure).
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Chepos From Puerto Rico, joined Dec 2000, 6308 posts, RR: 10
Reply 15, posted (10 years 10 months 3 weeks 6 days 23 hours ago) and read 1391 times:
Yeah Grupo Taca discontinued its flights to San Juan (I believe it was around 2000 or 2001- not sure)- they ocasionally operate charters into SJU. Copa still has 10 weekly flights btw SJU and PTY with the 737-700's.