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COMPAÑÍA PANAMEÑA DE AVIACIÓN (comercially known as Copa Airlines)is the flagship carrier of Panama. It's based in Tocumen International Airport in Panama City. It's currently a Star Alliance member.



Founded on 21 June 1944 with the assistance of Pan American Airways, who provided 40% of the capital, COPA began operations with a trio on Douglas DC-3s in August 1947, flying between Panama City, Changinola, Davin and Bocas del Toro. Services to San Jose, Bogota and Cartagena were added in 1956.[1]

During the 1950s and 1960s, Copa acquired Curtiss C46s, Lockheed Electras, Hawker Siddeley 748s and a single Martin 4-0-4. In 1972, the airline became wholly Panamian owned. During the 1980s, the first of the airline's 737-100s inaugurated services to Miami. Continental Airlines gained a 49% stake in Copa on 19 May 1999, following the latter's order for eight 737-700 aircraft, placed on 19 January 1999.[1]


  • Boeing 737

Destinations (as of 2000)[]

  • Barranquilla
  • Bogota
  • Buenos Aires
  • Cali
  • CancunCaracus
  • Cartagena
  • Guatemala City
  • Guayaquil
  • Havana
  • Kingston
  • Lima
  • Los Angeles
  • Managua
  • Medellin
  • Mexico City
  • Miami
  • Montego Bay
  • Orlando
  • Port-au-Prince
  • Quinto
  • San Jose
  • San Jaun
  • San Pedro Sula
  • San Sa;vador
  • Santiago
  • Santo Domingo
  • Sao Paulo [N 1]



  1. Copa also operates flights to Houston and New York - Newark via a code share agreement with Continental Airlines.[1]


  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 World Aircraft Information Files Aviation Partwork. Midsummer Books Ltd. File 648 Sheet 1 (Airlines of the World:Copa Airlines)