COPA Airlines Reviews
COPA Airlines Reviews
Compañía Panameña de Aviación, S.A., operating as Copa Airlines, is an airline based in Panama City, Panama, and serves as Panama’s flag carrier. Their main base of operations is Tocumen International Airport, and the airline currently flies 10.214 million passengers on more than 310 daily scheduled flights to 65 destinations in 29 countries in North, Central and South America, and the Caribbean. Copa is a subsidiary of Copa Holdings, S.A. as well as a member of the Star Alliance. The airline is also the main operator and owner of Colombian airline AeroRepublica, currently known as Copa Airlines Colombia.
Copa Airlines was founded in 1947 as the national airline of Panama. They began operations with domestic flights to three cities in Panama using Douglas DC-3s. Copa Airlines then abandoned their domestic flights in favor of international flights. In 1998, Copa formed a strategic partnership with Continental Airlines, replacing their own livery and adopting the OnePass (replaced afterwards by MileagePlus) frequent flyer program. As of 2012, the airline employs over 8,000 people, most of them residing in Panama and is one of the fastest growing companies in the country. It is headed by Chief Executive Officer Pedro Heilbron.
Copa Airlines became the first airline in Latin America to have the new Boeing 737-800 NG Sky Interior with improved performance in their fleet. In 2012, five new destinations were announced: Las Vegas, United States; Recife, Brazil; Willemstad, Curaçao; Liberia, Costa Rica; and Iquitos, Peru. Copa is also expected to increase frequency to several destinations. The company made an interline agreement with Air Panama (Panama’s second-largest airline) which consists of the linkage of all tourist destinations in Panama with those in Latin America. The agreement became effective in June 1, 2012, when Air Panama began flights from Tocumen airport to Isla Colón, Bocas del Toro. In 2013, Copa increased the frequency to several destinations and included two new destinations in the United States: Boston and Tampa.
Copa Airlines currently flies to 65 destinations in 29 countries in North America, Central America, South America, and the Caribbean.