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EVA Air Stop Passenger Service To Panama  
User currently offlineAir Taiwan From Australia, joined Dec 1999, 1518 posts, RR: 4
Posted (14 years 3 months 1 week 1 day 18 hours ago) and read 2790 times:

According to United Daily News, EVA Airways is stopping its TPE-LAX-PTY (Panama City) route due to low passenger numbers. But it says it will code share with a Panama airline on the LAX-PTY leg. EVA Air currently flies to PTY 2 times a week. The last flight is on the 31 of May.
Has anyone been on EVA Air's LAX-PTY route? How is it?

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User currently offlineTrvlr From United States of America, joined Feb 2000, 4430 posts, RR: 21
Reply 1, posted (14 years 3 months 1 week 1 day 16 hours ago) and read 2734 times:

My friend has been on it, I'll ask him. Just an opinion, but I think that route was started because either EVA want South American codeshare connections or that Taiwan has such a good relationship with Panama (Panama is one of the few countries that recognize Taiwan, I think), or both.

Aaron G.


User currently offlineBig777jet From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 2, posted (14 years 3 months 1 week 1 day 16 hours ago) and read 2722 times:

I checked the OAG and it shows the June issue will be start new service by COPA on 737-700 flight daily effective June 2 between LAX-PTY. I can see show it still service Eva Air between LAX-PTY in June. When do you hear the route will drop? Thanks..


User currently offlineAir Taiwan From Australia, joined Dec 1999, 1518 posts, RR: 4
Reply 3, posted (14 years 3 months 1 week 1 day 14 hours ago) and read 2708 times:

I just got the news this morning of the newspaper's homepage. www.udn.com.tw (although it is in Chinese..)
Yes Panama is one of the very few countries who still recognises The Republic of China (Taiwan's official name). EVA Air used to be a good airline, but now the standards has dropped since the asian crisis and they started to drop routes and cut services and after the crisis the level of service did not go up and instead they focused on cargo routes. To be a bit exaggerated I think they will become a solely cargo airline like FedEx and UPS.
Tell us what you think about EVA Air. (in America)


User currently offlineLAXINTL From United States of America, joined May 2000, 25202 posts, RR: 47
Reply 4, posted (14 years 3 months 1 week 1 day 13 hours ago) and read 2706 times:

EVA Air started LAX-PTY services during 94 or 95. Origionaly EVA wanted to create a mini-hub in PTY with onward services to South America, and was planning on forming a Panama based airline. The EVA group has huge business and property interest in Panama. Follwing a change in government in Panama, which would now not allow the creation of a new airline, the service was reduced to twice weekly and was meant to serve as a connection to the companies big interest in Panama. Finally following a 1999 decision by the Panamanian government to not extend a lease in the canal zone to the EVA group of some of its property, and instead lease it to a red Chinese company, the EVA group began a slow reduction in business activity in Panama. This flight, which was operated by a 747 Combi, which rarely carried over 100 people was now no longer needed. In addition it did not help that COPA announced the launch of daily PTY-LAX service with 737-700's at the same time.


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User currently offlineMikeymike From United States of America, joined May 2000, 406 posts, RR: 2
Reply 5, posted (14 years 3 months 1 week 1 day 2 hours ago) and read 2676 times:

I've flown SEA-TPE-SIN on EVA and TPE-SEA in there Super Business Class seats and I think there service was excellent. All three flights we're full...744 SEA-TPE; 762 TPE-SIN; and 744C TPE-SEA; I absolutely loved flying in there upper deck although I didn't like the 44" pitch because my knees started to cramp, but there food and their cabin crews we're extremely pleasant!! Their 762 was a little beat up in the interior but the flight was excellent. I especially like how all the ground crew salute you after the plane has finished taxiing from the gate!

User currently offlineMas777 From United Kingdom, joined Jul 1999, 2935 posts, RR: 6
Reply 6, posted (14 years 3 months 4 days 8 hours ago) and read 2660 times:

This doesn't come as a surprise - I thought EVA started the Panama route also for its Shipping services (Evergreen Shipping). Malaysia Airlines was the other Asian airline flying into Central America before with EVA Air and also withdrew from Mexico City due to poor returns.

MAS may return to MEX - interestingly - especially if Malaysia Airlines joins OneWorld...Mexicana had expressed an interest in code-sharing on the route.


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