Bumper order for Copa

COPA 737 MAX 8 Artwork

COPA AIRLINES is the latest carrier to commit to the Boeing 737 MAX after penning a multi-billion dollar deal for 61 examples. The order, for both MAX 8s and MAX 9s, is valued at $6.6 billion at list prices making it the largest commercial transaction ever between a Panamanian and a US-based company.

The contract for the new aircraft was signed in the presence of US President Barrack Obama and Panama President Juan Carlos Varela Rodriguez as well of other heads of state who had gathered in Panama City for the seventh Summit of the Americas.

The carrier’s CEO Pedro Heilbron said: “We are proud to sign this landmark order in the presence of our two presidents. The Next-Generation 737 is the backbone for our fleet today, and our order for the 737 MAX shows our continued commitment for the future to bring people together across all of the Americas using the most modern and efficient airplanes in the sky as well as our Hub of the Americas in Panama City.”

The Panamanian flag carrier will be the first airline in the region to operate the 737 MAX 9 and is expected to use the type on routes into South America. (Photo Boeing)