PANAMA CITY, Sept. 8 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- Copa Airlines,
subsidiary of Copa Holdings, S.A. (NYSE: CPA), has been named "Best
Airline" in Central America and the Caribbean for the fifth consecutive
year by the independent aviation industry research company Skytrax.
Copa Airlines also received recognition in the regional airline
category of "Best Cabin Staff" in Central America and the Caribbean.
The results were based on an annual survey conducted by Skytrax, taken
from responses of more than 15.4 million passengers representing 95
"Copa Airlines is proud to receive once again this important award,
which confirms our commitment to maintaining a world-class operation
continuously focused on meeting and exceeding our passengers expectations,"
said Pedro Heilbron, CEO, Copa Airlines. "We owe this to the efforts of a
great team -- people who year after year demonstrate the high level of
dedication and professionalism."
The recognition of "Best Cabin Staff" in the region incorporates
categories such as assistance during the boarding process and food service,
as well as the crew's friendliness and attentiveness, among others.
The World Airline Awards(TM) are based on a survey conducted between
August 2007 and June 2008. The survey covers more than 35 different aspects
of passenger satisfaction for an airline's product and service standards,
evaluating the "typical" travel experience.
About Copa Holdings
Copa Holdings, through its Copa Airlines and Aero Republica operating
subsidiaries, is a leading Latin American provider of passenger and cargo
service. Copa Airlines currently offers approximately 126 daily scheduled
flights to 42 destinations in 22 countries in North, Central and South
America and the Caribbean through its Hub of the Americas based in Panama
City, Panama. In addition, Copa Airlines provides passengers with access to
flights to more than 120 other international destinations through codeshare
agreements with Continental Airlines and other airlines. From the U.S.,
Copa offers nonstop service to Panama 20 times a week from Miami; daily
from New York City, Los Angeles and Washington, D.C.; and 12 times a week
from Orlando. Copa is an associate member of the Global SkyTeam alliance,
giving its passengers access to more than 15,200 daily flights to more than
790 cities in 162 countries. Aero Republica, the second-largest carrier in
Colombia, provides service to 12 cities in Colombia as well as
international connectivity with Copa Airlines' Hub of the Americas through
daily flights from Bogota, Bucaramanga, Cali and Medellin. For more
information, visit www.copaair.com.
SOURCE Copa Airlines