Copa Airlines operates its Unforgettable Journey for 17th straight year

  • Through the years, 1,600 dreams have come true for children who have taken part in the Unforgettable Journey.
  • This year's participants include 75 children from foundations including Aid for AIDS, the Panamanian Association of Help for Burned Children (APANIQUEM), Friends of Children with Leukemia and Cancer Foundation (FANLYC).

Panama, December 06, 2010 - For many children, the experience of flying in an airplane is just a dream, and one that is not likely to come true.  But, today 75 smiling Panamanian children boarded a Copa Airlines airplane to participate in a magical morning as part of the airline's 17th-annual Unforgettable Journey.


The Unforgettable Journey has become a tradition for Copa Airlines, a special moment that its employees treasure and anticipate each year. This year, the Copa Airlines family - committed to the social welfare of the communities where the airline operates - joins together once again to provide underprivileged children the excitement of an airplane trip and celebrate the Christmas spirit with them.


"We are thrilled to be able to give these children a special day like this and we are very proud of the commitment and enthusiasm that all Copa Airlines staff, customers and suppliers demonstrate through their involvement.  They donate their support and their time, year after year, to make this trip possible," said Ivette Franco, Director of Legal Counsel, Copa Airlines.


"The Unforgettable Journey has become an important part of our interaction with the community and we are proud to be able to share this happiness with children in other countries where we also will be making the trip," Franco added.  "On Dec. 10 we will be celebrating the Unforgettable Journey in Nicaragua for the second time.".


A group of children from the  Empress Taboada School (Escuela Emperatriz Taboada) located in the Tocumen area, also participated this year, as part of Copa Airlines'  community support through its Corporate Social Responsibility program and its Taking Off Foundation (Fundación Despega con Copa Airlines).


The "Unforgettable Journey to the World of Copa Airlines" began with a breakfast for the children in the company's facilities where they visited with airline employees who gave them backpacks filled with school supplies.


The children then were transported to the Tocumen International Airport, where a Copa Airlines aircraft took off for an approximately hour-long flight to its destination - the Magical World of Copa Airlines (Mundo Mágico de Copa Airlines), where Santa and Mrs. Claus entertained the children at a party, and passed out gifts and food bags.


Copa Airlines destinations in Latin America where Unforgettable Journey events have occurred previously include Barranquilla, Bogotá, Buenos Aires, Caracas, Guatemala, El Salvador, Managua, Rio de Janeiro, Santo Domingo and San Jose.


The Unforgettable Journey is part of Copa Airlines' Corporate Social Responsibility program, carried out through its "Taking Off Foundation" (Fundación Despega), which focuses on three pillars:  childhood, education and environmental conservation.