PANAMA CITY, Aug. 12 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- Copa Airlines (NYSE:
CPA) has received an Embraer 190 flight simulator, becoming the first
airline in Latin America with both Embraer 190 jet and Boeing 737 Next
Generation simulators for pilot training.
The Embraer 190 flight simulator was unveiled today during a ceremony
at Copa Airlines' Training Center in Panama, attended by Panamanian
President Martin Torrijos, members of his Cabinet and special invited
"The new Embraer 190 simulator allows all our pilots to receive the
best training with the most advanced technology in the industry, without
having to travel to other countries," said Pedro Heilbron, CEO, Copa
Airlines. "We are very proud of our leadership in Latin American aviation;
once again, we are in the vanguard of training technology."
The new Embraer 190 simulator, certified by the Civil Aeronautics
Authority of Panama (Autoridad Aeronautica Civil), utilizes CAE 5000
technology. The simulator incorporates electric motion and high-definition
visual systems that replicate the flight experience and enable pilots to
receive training in a variety of Embraer aircraft procedures and maneuvers.
"Having an Embraer 190 simulator in Panama means greater staff
productivity and flexibility for the company," explained Captain Larry
Ganse, Senior Vice President of Operations, Copa Airlines. "The simulator
is programmed for more than 7,300 hours of use per year -- the equivalent
of an average of 20 hours of use a day a day by Copa and Aero Republica
This is the second simulator at the Copa Airlines' Training Center in
the City of Knowledge (Ciudad del Saber), an international complex for
education, research, and innovation. The Training Center has had a Boeing
737 simulator since 2006.
In addition to the two flight simulators, Copa's Training Center has a
cabin simulator for flight attendant training, as well as door and
emergency exit window training devices for both types of aircraft. The
Center provides training for approximately 230 new pilots and 150 new
flight attendants each year, as well as recurring training for 500 pilots
and 700 flight attendants annually.
Currently Copa's fleet consists of 13 Embraer 190 and 27 Boeing 737
Next Generation aircraft. Copa's fleet is one of the youngest in the
Americas, with an average age of 4.1 years.
About Copa Holdings
Copa Holdings, through its Copa Airlines and Aero Republica operating
subsidiaries, is a leading Latin American provider of passenger and cargo
services. Copa Airlines currently offers approximately 136 daily scheduled
flights to 42 destinations in 22 countries in North, Central and South
America and the Caribbean. 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. Aero Republica, the second-largest domestic
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, Cali and Medellin. For more information, visit
SOURCE Copa Airlines