Copa first MAX will be presented on Sep 18
Just curious if there is any recent chatter of upcoming additional destinations in the US? I'm particularly interested in anything to SAN.
I know there have been talks between CM and SAN in the not-too distant past that ended due to a certain issue that has since been fixed. I don't know if that was the final issue that need to be worked out or not but I'm very hopeful that we might be regularly seeing Copa in SAN anytime soon.
Thank you all in advance for any information you may know.
Well, the rumors that I have read in other forums, is that CM has SAN and SEA as a possible destinations. Will they open it this year or next, we may need to wait. SEA most likely won't be opened this year, even with the B737 Max 9 arriving this year, as they need time to get used to it, but I would not discard it next year. Then SAN is a possibility. When? that is the million dollar question.
In an interview with CAPA: https://centreforaviation.com/analysis/video/copa-we-like-the-size-of-the-max-10-we-will-use-them-in-our-highest-load-factor-markets-759
If you fast forward to 7:30, Copa's CEO talks about the new destinations. He mentioned that they will open FOR, SSA, BGI and PVR. Then he says that they may open 1, 2 or 3 more destinations by the end of the year. Then a few weeks later Copa announced that they will open SLA. Thus it is possible that they may open 1 or 2 destinations.
Any announcement most likely will happen on Sep 20 on investors day: https://finance.yahoo.com/news/edited-transcript-cpa-earnings-conference-184551621.html
, as last time they announced Mendoza, Argentina in the previous investor day. But then again, looks like the first flight of the B737 Max 9 is on Sep 18.
And when they announced SFO in 2015, it was either at the 2015 investor day (May 27, 2015) or the next day (May 28, 2015) and the route started on Sep 17 (almost 3.5 months after). Thus if they decide to open anything in the US for December, Sep 20 is the latest they should do it, because it will leave less than 3 months to sell tickets.