Copa Airlines Receives Embraer 190 Flight Simulator

Copa is the first Latin American airline with both Embraer 190 and Boeing

737 Next Generation simulators

Aug 12, 2008, 01:00 ET from Copa Airlines

    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 .

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