Copa Airlines has taken delivery of the 100th airplane to join its fleet, a Boeing 737-800 decorated with a special decal celebrating the airline achieving this important milestone.
The airplane, leased from SMBC Aviation Capital, flew from Seattle to its Panama City home base, where it was welcomed by a special ceremony.
â€œWe are proud to celebrate this historic achievement for our company and for the country â€“ a result of the efforts of our more than 9,000 dedicated co-workers, and the support of our customers, suppliers, government entities and partners,â€ said Pedro Heilbron, chief executive, Copa Airlines.
â€œThis aircraft symbolises our airlineâ€™s steady growth during its 68-year history, as well as the enhancement of Panamaâ€™s connectivity with the world and its reputation as a major logistics and tourism centre, all of which translate to better opportunities for development for the country and for all Panamanians.â€
With this new airplane, Copa now has 77 Next-Generation 737s in its fleet.
The 737 MAX builds on the strengths of todayâ€™s Next-Generation 737 by incorporating the latest-technology CFM International LEAP-1B engines, Advanced Technology winglets and other improvements to deliver the highest efficiency, reliability and passenger comfort in the single-aisle market.
Airlines operating the 737 MAX will see a 14 percent fuel-use improvement over todayâ€™s most fuel efficient single-aisle airplanes.