Copa Airlines’ request for proposals for the financing of new Boeing 737-800 deliveries scheduled for next year is due later this month, according to a banking source.
The carrier has approached the market for a total of four new aircraft, requesting US Export-Import (Ex-Im) or commercial debt proposals.
Copa says it will take delivery of eight new units in 2014 but has already secured sale and leasebacks on the other four with operating lessor SMBC Aviation Capital.
The 737-800s under the RFP are scheduled to deliver in the first and final quarter of next year.
In 2013, Copa took delivery of seven new 737-800s under direct lease agreements with Aviation Capital Group (three units) and under sale and leaseback deals with MCAP Europe (four units). For the third quarter alone, Copa received three new 737-800s and completed the extension of four 737-700 aircraft leases that were expiring in 2014.