Copa Airlines begins the definitive withdrawal of its Embraer 190 aircraft fleet.

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Copa Airlines began today the final recall of its 14 Embraer 190 model aircraft, with the departure of the first of them, with registration number HP-1569, from Tocumen International Airport, Panama City, to San Jose, Costa Rica, where it will be delivered to Alliance Airlines pilots, who will take it to its final destination in Australia. This farewell marks the end of an era that allowed for the growth of the airline and provided international connectivity, through the Hub of the Americas, to many cities on the continent that lacked it.

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“The Embraer-190 allowed us to bring quality international service to new cities that were not connected to the rest of the continent, providing them with greater opportunities for commercial development and tourism growth,” said Pedro Heilbron, CEO of Copa Airlines.

In 2005, Copa Airlines became the first airline in Latin America and the second in the world to integrate the modern Embraer 190 into its fleet. This important addition marked a milestone in Copa Airlines’ history, allowing the airline to serve dozens of cities throughout the Americas that did not have connectivity with the rest of the continent, connecting them quickly and efficiently with Panama and the region’s main markets through the Hub of the Americas at Tocumen International Airport.

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As for what it meant for the airline to have the Embraer 190, Heilbron commented that “including this aircraft in our fleet was one of the most important decisions we have made, because it boosted our growth for 15 years and helped make Panama the best connected country in the region,” he added.

It is estimated that by June 2021 the total fleet of 14 Embraer 190 aircraft sold to Alliance Airlines, an Australian company based in Brisbane, will be delivered. With this farewell, the Airline begins a process of adjusting the size of its fleet to a reduced demand for travel that is expected in the following years, due to the effects of COVID-19 on the airline industry and on the economies of the region.

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