Copa Airlines takes part in Panama International Air Festival

Airline participates in family-oriented event to promote Panama's aviation industry.


Panama, January 31, 2011 -- Copa Airlines took part in the Jan. 30 International Air Festival (Festival Aéreo Internacional), organized by the Panamanian Civil Aeronautics Authority (Autoridad Aeronáutica Civil de Panamá).  This is the fifth time the event has been held.


Hundreds of people visited the Panama Pacific Airport (the old Howard military base), where Copa Airlines staff shared information with booth visitors about the range of aeronautics careers the airline offers.  Copa Airlines, which recently announced its 2011 expansion plans, continues to generate jobs for Panamanians and strengthen its commitment to the country's advancement.


The airline featured one of its modern Embraer 190 aircraft in an aerial demonstration consisting of a low pass over the airport's runway. Following the demonstration, the aircraft was on exhibit all day for festival attendees to get a first-hand look at the comfortable, high-tech Embraer 190.


"We are pleased to participate in this important initiative put on by the Civil Aeronautics Authority each year," said Capitan Anel Wong, Copa's Senior Director of Regulatory Affairs.  "Events such as these not only provide a safe place for Panamanian families to have fun and relax, they also promote the aviation industry. We welcome the opportunity to provide Panamanians with a little information about our industry - an important pillar in the country's economic growth."


The free air festival included performances by renowned U.S. aerobatic pilots and Panamanian artists, as well as demonstrations by stunt pilots, parachute jumps and helicopters.