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Copa Airlines unveils expansion plans for 2023

Copa Airlines has unveiled its expansion plans for 2023 ©AirTeamImages

Copa Airlines, a member of the Star Alliance airline network and a subsidiary of Copa Holdings, S.A., has announced its expansion plans for 2023. The airline intends to strengthen the Hub of the Americas®, its primary connection centre in the region, by expanding its network of destinations, increasing frequencies, and improving its fleet of aircraft.

According to Pedro Heilbron, Chief Executive Officer at Copa Airlines, the company has been investing in Panama for over 75 years, which has helped them become the leading airline in the region. By turning the Hub of the Americas® into Latin America's preferred connection centre, Copa Airlines has contributed significantly to the economic, social, and tourism sectors of both Panama and Latin America. To continue to thrive in a complex and competitive environment, the airline seeks to boost its growth, generate jobs, and increase its direct contributions to the country's economy.

As part of its expansion plans, Copa Airlines has confirmed the recent addition of 15 new B737MAX aircraft, an of $2.1 billion (£1.7 billion), to its existing 2015 . These aircraft are expected to be delivered within the next five years. The airline also plans to receive six additional Boeing 737 MAX9s in 2023, bringing its current fleet to a total of 99 airplanes. This fleet comprises 32 B737 MAX9s, 58 B737 800NBs, and 9 B-737-7000NGs.

Copa Airlines is also planning to refurbish the fleet of the Latin Aviation Academy (ALAS) by acquiring eight new Diamond DA40/42 airplanes. The aircraft will be equipped with cutting-edge technology, making the learning process more efficient while adhering to the highest safety standards. Additionally, these aircraft are eco-friendly and consume up to 50% less fuel than the ones being replaced, promoting a greener and more sustainable future for the airline industry.

Furthermore, Copa Airlines has announced the acquisition of a fifth B737MAX flight simulator to enhance its pilots' training. This new addition will increase the airline's training capacity, helping it meet the growing demands of the airline.

Overall, Copa Airlines' expansion plans for 2023 are expected to help the airline boost its growth, generate jobs, and increase its direct contributions to the economy of Panama and Latin America.

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