Copa Airlines, a subsidiary of Copa Holdings, SA (NYA: CPA) and a member of the global Star Alliance network, enters the new Era MAX with the addition of the first Boeing 737 MAX 9, one of the most modern aircraft, to its fleet of the market. The MAX 9 represents a new way of flying, where comfort, convenience and durability are three distinctive elements that raise the level of world-class service that the airline offers on a daily basis.
"The MAX 9 represents a new era in the more than 70 years of Copa Airlines, and with the arrival of this aircraft we will incorporate the latest Boeing technology that will be part of one of the most modern and new fleets in the industry., the MAX 9 is a symbol of development and growth that fills us with pride and motivates us to keep innovating, to be more efficient in our activities and to keep the name Panama up. across the continent, "says Pedro Heilbron, CEO of Copa Airlines.
"The introduction of this new aircraft for the Panama fleet represents the high level of technology and complexity that our country's aviation has." This in turn requires the Civil Aviation Authority to maintain high technological standards in the systems, making these new aircraft navigate efficiently and safely in Panamanian airspace, "said Alfredo Fonseca Mora, general manager of the Civil Aviation Authority (AAC).
"For decades, Copa Airlines has had great success with the Boeing 737NG and the future looks even better. In this new era, Copa will continue to lead the industry by leveraging the forefront benefits that the 737 MAX offers, "said Ricardo Cavero, Boeing's vice president of commercial aircraft sales for Latin America and the Caribbean.
The new MAX age of comfort and convenience is characterized by the modern configuration of the aircraft, which has 166 seats divided into two classes and higher compartments about 50% larger. In addition, the modern engines of the MAX 9 reduce noise by 40%, making the experience of the journey quieter and more pleasant.
As an excellent element in this new configuration, the airline presented the new Executive Class Dreams, with 16 adjustable seats with bed type. Each of the seats has a 16-inch touch screen with remote control, power supply and USB connections, and spaces for storing personal items.
Depending on the destination passengers travel in Dreams, you will receive a refurbished premium set consisting of headphones, larger cushions and blankets of high-quality fabrics, as well as a package with amenities composed of a mask and stockings with collectible designs. , among others.
Copa Airlines also introduced the new Economy Extra section, consisting of 24 seats that offer passengers more legroom, 10-inch touch screens, individual USB input and two alternating current (AC) outputs in each row of three seats. Moreover, these passengers have priority when boarding their flight. Meanwhile, the revamped Economy class has modern and stylized Meridian seats, individual USB ports and a support for locating mobile devices.
"Having this technology in the country is a great opportunity to continue to train Panamanian talent with the highest standards globally, and we expect 90 new jobs to be generated for every aircraft that we grow, so the advantages of these modern aircraft are for passengers of Copa Airlines and for the growth and development of the Panamanian labor market, "explains Heilbron. .
All passengers on board the MAX 9 can enjoy the wide variety of contents of the Showpass Cup wireless entertainment system. which is accessible by connecting to the internal network of the aircraft from a computer or mobile device. Upon entry via the Copa Airlines app or browser, travelers will have different titles of Hollywood, Panamanian and Hispanic-American films on IFF's Panama channel, television series, magazines, documentaries and music.
Another differentiator of MAX 9 is durability and the lower impact on the environment. The integration of the most advanced and silent engine in the world, the LEAP-1B and the aerodynamic upgrades of the AT winglets (at the ends of the wings), together ensure greater efficiency and optimum performance of the aircraft, thus improving performance. of the aircraft. fuel consumption by 14% and by 50% reduction of emissions of polluting gases into the environment.
The new MAX9 starts in September and will be used from January 2019 on the longest routes of the extensive network of 80 destinations in 32 Copa Airlines countries. The airline will add another four new aircraft of this modern generation to its fleet between October and December, eight in 2019 and nine in 2020, until the order of 71 aircraft to Boeing is completed in the coming years.