Copa Holdings placed an order for a fleet of 15 new Boeing 737 MAX 10s at this year’s Paris Air Show, the Panama-based airline announced this week. The deal represents an upgrade to its existing order of 737 MAX 8 aircraft and will make Copa “the first airline in Latin America to operate the newest addition to the MAX family,” according to the carrier.
The aircraft, which are expected to be delivered in 2020, will go toward replacing existing planes Copa has been operating and support “plans for strategic growth,” stated the airline in a statement. Copa Airlines is encouraged by the single-aisle 737 Max 10s operating efficiency, lower per-seat cost, and extended range.
The 737 MAX 10, in line with Boeing’s other 737 MAX models, will be equipped with CFM International LEAP-1B engines, “advanced technology winglets,” and the “Boeing Sky Interior,” among other modern aircraft features.
“Due to the long-term success we’ve had operating 737 NG, we had placed a sizable order of 737 MAX aircraft for our future, and the 737 MAX 10 provides additional flexibility for certain segments of our network,” said Ahmad Zamany, Copa Airlines’ vice president of technical operations.
Photo: One model within the Boeing 737 Max line of aircraft that Copa Airlines will soon be adding to its fleet. (Credit: Boeing)