Copa Airlines is celebrating its 75th anniversary of the Hub of the Americas with a 737 retro jet

Copa Airlines is celebrating its 75th anniversary of connecting the Americas with a special 1990s retro livery on pictured Boeing 737-8V3 HP-1841CMP (msn 44156).

Copa issued these photos and statement (translated):

On August 31, 200, we unveiled our Boeing 737-800 NG painted in the colors that our fleet wore at the beginning of the 1990s, a key time in our history, when we began what would come to be called the Hub of the Americas® and our transformation as the leading airline of the Americas.

Copa Airlines also issued this statement:

Copa Airlines, a subsidiary of Copa Holdings, S.A. and member of the global network of Star Alliance airlines, celebrated its 75th anniversary by showcasing a Boeing 737-800 NG model aircraft livery, reminiscent of the look the airline had in the 1990s, a period that launched what would become the Hub of the Americas® and the expansion of their network with the vision of connecting the Americas and promoting the wonders of Panama.

The Boeing 737-800 NG, registration number HP-1841CMP, was painted at the Copa Airlines Maintenance Center, located at the Tocumen International Airport in Panama City. More than 30 employees participated in the process, including aviation painters, designers, and engineers, totaling over 2,500 hours of work in 15 days.

After the unveiling event on August 31, the first flight assigned to the Boeing 737-800 NG, as the commemorative livery, was the CM808, en route from Panama City to New York.  The aircraft will cross the continental skies on designated routes between the more than 75 destinations in 32 countries where Copa Airlines currently operates, carrying on its history, representing what the company’s fleet of Boeing 737-200 looked like between 1988 and 2005.

Copa Airlines expects to be at pre-pandemic seat capacity numbers in the second half of 2022 and reach 2019 passenger numbers by the end of the year. The Airline continues to focus on offering world-class service connecting passengers through the Hub of the Americas®, located at the Tocumen International Airport in Panama City.

On September 14, 2022, Copa Airlines celebrated 75 years of connecting the Americas with a special event at the Miami International Airport, it’s first route in the U.S. and its largest operations base in North America.

The airline unveiled its new aircraft design paying homage to the airline’s roots from the 1990s and reflects a critical period in its history when it launched what is known today as the Hub of the Americas®. Servicing six daily flights out of MIA, Copa Airlines has been the bridge that connects South Florida with Latin American for more than 30 years.

The aircraft was welcomed with a water cannon salute and was attended by Copa Airlines executives, airport representatives and government officials to celebrate this historic celebration. Speakers included:

  • Ralph Cutié, Director and CEO, Miami International Airport
  • Ricardo Gaitán Arrocha, Consul General of Panama in Miami
  • Marco Ocando, Director Marketing, Communications & Frequent Flyer Program, Copa Airlines

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