Copa Airlines Back In San Francisco With A Boeing 737 MAX

Panama’s national flag carrier, Copa Airlines, is offering flights from “The Hub of the Americas” to San Francisco International Airport (SFO). In a statement released last week, SFO says that starting October 16, 2021, Copa Airlines is returning to northern California to offer non-stop flights between the city on the bay and Panama City Tocumen International Airport (PTY).

Copa Airlines Back In San Francisco With A Boeing 737 MAX
Copa Airlines has one of the youngest and most modern fleets in Central America. Photo: Boeing

From Panama City, passengers flying from San Francisco with Copa Airlines can connect to more than 50 destinations in Latin America and the Caribbean. The carrier plans to offer five non-stop flights a week between PTY and SFO. On the route, the airline will use one of its 13 Boeing 737 MAX 9 aircraft.

Copa Airlines PTY to SFO schedule

Copa Airlines flight number CM 382 will depart Panama City at 18:06 and arrive in San Francisco at 23:45. The flights will operate on Monday, Wednesday, Friday, Saturday, and Sunday.

Copa Airlines flight number CM 383 will depart San Francisco at 01:22 and arrive in Panama City at 10:52. The flights will operate on Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, Saturday, and Sunday.

COPA Airlines’ Boeing 737 MAX 9 aircraft are configured in a three-class layout. The business class comprises 16 folding bed-type seats and state-of-the-art 16-inch touch screens. In Economy Extra, there are 24 reclining seats with extra legroom and larger overhead bins for your carry-on luggage. In standard economy there are 126 seats. In all classes, passengers can enjoy Copa Airlines’ Copa Showpass wireless entertainment system from which they can access a wide variety of movies, music, and other content.

Copa Airlines Back In San Francisco With A Boeing 737 MAX
COPA Airlines will offer five non-stop flights a week between Panama City and San Francisco. Photo; SFO

About Copa Airlines

Compañía Panameña de Aviación, hence the acronym COPA, was founded on June 21, 1944, and started operations on August 15, 1947. A group of Panamanian businessmen started the airline with the help of Pan American World Airways, which had a 32% stake in the new startup. The airline began operations with a small fleet of Douglas DC-3 aircraft performing domestic flights. In the 1970s, Copa Airlines expanded with international flights to cities in the region while facing stiff competition from Air Panamá Internacional.

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Copa Airlines was founded in 1944 and joined the Star Alliance in 2012. Photo: Getty Images

When Copa Airlines acquired its first jet, a Boeing 737-100, in 1980, it discontinued flying domestically and increased its list of international destinations. With its headquarters in Panama City, Copa Airlines is the owner and operator of Colombian airline AeroRepública, commonly known as Copa Airlines Colombia. Both airlines are in the Star Alliance network.

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Copa Airlines fleet

According to the aviation data and statistics website, ch-aviation, Copa Airlines operates a fleet of 77 aircraft that comprises of the following planes:

  • 62 x Boeing 737-800s
  • 13 x Boeing 737 MAX 9s
  • 2 x Saab S340As

Waiting to be delivered from Boeing are the following planes:

  • 12 x Boeing 737-800s
  • 14 x Boeing 737 MAX 9s
  • 15 x Boeing 737 MAX 10s

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