Copa Airlines Goes Premium: Launches Two New Travel Classes

This week, Copa Airlines launched two new travel classes and a wireless entertainment system on four major routes from Tocumen International Airport in Panama City. The aim is to provide a superior experience through comfort and convenience.

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Copa Airlines is introducing its Dream business class and economy extra class in selected routes. Photo: Felipe Escalona/AviacionPTY

The Dreams Business Class

Copa Airlines introduced the Dreams business class in 2018. The Panamanian carrier launched this cabin when it first received its Boeing 737 MAX 9 fleet. Currently, Copa has 13 B737 MAX 9, plus it expects to receive a further 14 of this type, 12 B737-8, and 15 B737-10, according to ch-aviation’s database.

Dreams business class consists of 16 comfortable lie-flat seats. It also has 16-inch remote-controlled touchscreens, an extensive entertainment program, power outlets, ad USB connections, and space to store personal items, said the airline in a statement.

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Starting on June 1, Copa Airlines introduced this cabin to all passengers flying between Panama and Montevideo (Uruguay), Buenos Aires (Argentina), Sao Paulo (Brazil), and Los Angeles (United States).

These four cities are among the most important served by Copa Airlines. In June, the airline scheduled 430 flights on these four routes. It is offering over 71,300 seats, as reported by Cirium’s database.

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Dreams business class introduces 16 lie-flat seats onboard Copa Airlines’ MAX 9 fleet. Photo: Copa Airlines

Introducing Economy Extra

But Copa Airlines won’t be solely introducing the Dreams business class on these routes. The Panamanian carrier will also feature an Economy Extra section in its economy class. This will be located at the front of the cabin. It will have 24 seats with more legroom, individual 10-inch touchscreens with a USB port, and AC power connectors.

By introducing these two cabins, Copa Airlines seeks to,

“Satisfy its passenger’s needs on these important long-haul routes that require a more comfortable experience. As the airline receives new aircraft, this offer will be expanded to more destinations in the Americas.”

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Copa Airlines introduced 24 economy extra seats on four routes. Photo: Copa Airlines.

Introducing Copa Showpass

There’s one more feature that Copa Airlines announced this week, its wireless entertainment system, Copa Showpass.

All passengers onboard the Boeing 737 MAX 9 fleet will be able to enjoy the content offered by Copa Showpass. They’ll be able to access by connecting to the aircraft’s intranet network from a computer or mobile device, said Copa Airlines.

The carrier added that travelers will have access to films, television series, magazines, documentaries, and music.

According to the airline’s website, travelers must download the Copa Airlines app before flying with the airline to use Showpass. Any electronic device with Android or iOS can use the airline’s wireless entertainment system.

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Copa Showpass, the airline’s entertainment system, is available with Android and iOS devices. Photo: Copa Airlines

Copa Airlines current status

The Panamanian airline is still well below its pre-pandemic numbers. The reason is apparent; the COVID-19 crisis has crippled its route map. Copa depends almost entirely on international routes; therefore, travel restrictions heavily impact its performance.

In June, the airline will operate 5,348 flights, according to Cirium. That’s a 43.1% decrease compared to June 2019. Copa will offer nearly 850,000 seats across its routes, only 36.7% below its pre-pandemic seating capacity.

Additionally, Copa Airlines is partnering with the International Air Transport Association and trialing IATA’s health passport.

Are you eager to try Copa’s Dreams and Economy Extra cabins? Let us know in the comments.

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