martes, 25 de enero de 2011

Historia de Copa Airlines

Copa history begins in 1947 as the Panamanian Aviation Company, which started its domestic flights to 3 cities in Panama using Douglas DC-4 aircraft. Pan American Airways was a founding partner of the company, along with Panamanian businessmen.

Many things have changed since then, and Copa Airlines now has 20 Boeing 737-700 and 737-800, an aircraft from 737 to 200, and flies to 31 destinations.
In 1960 expanded to 3 weekly frequencies to the cities of San Jose, Kingston, Barranquilla and Medellin, with the addition of 1 AVRO 748 aircraft and 1 ELECTRA 188.

By the 1970's decided to leave the domestic market, dedicated solely to operate international destinations.

In 1980, incorporates 1 Boeing 737-100, to expand its destinations to Cartagena in Colombia, Port au Prince in Haiti, Santo Domingo, San Juan in Puerto Rico and Miami in the United States.

Copa Airlines Boeing 737-700 in Lima, Peru
In the 90's, is expanding its international coverage with flights to Mexico, Santiago de Chile, Cali, Bogotá, Montego Bay, Quito, Guayaquil, Lima, Buenos Aires and Havana.

In 1998, Continental Airlines took a 49% stake in Copa Airlines. From this purchase, Copa Airlines and Continental Airlines launched a partnership that allowed Copa enter frequent flyer program of Continental Airlines OnePass and at the same time, take advantage of Continental's relationship with Boeing for the purchase of new aircraft.
By early 2000, incorporates the Cancun, Orlando, Sao Paulo, Los Angeles and San Andrés.

In 2003 he received the first Boeing 737-800 Next Generation.
In 2004, we signed an agreement to acquire Brazilian Embraer 190 aircraft, with a firm order for 10 and 20 additional option.

In 2005, Copa Airlines acquires Colombian airline AeroRepublica. That same year, Copa Holdings, SA, the holding company of shares of Copa Airlines is launching a public offering of 14 million shares on the New York Stock Exchange, becoming the third airline in Latin America (after Chile LAN and Brazil's GOL) in trading on this important financial market.

In 2006, Copa Airlines added six destinations: Manaus, Maracaibo, Montevideo, Rio de Janeiro, San Pedro Sula and Santiago de los Caballeros.

In 2007, Copa Airlines added 4 destinations: Cordoba, Guadalajara, Punta Cana and Washington and is an associate member of the SkyTeam alliance.

In 2008, Copa Airlines added 5 destinations: Port of Spain, Belo Horizonte, Valencia, Oranjestad and Santa Cruz.

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