Copa Airlines will reveal its new Boeing 737 Max 9 at a launch ceremony on 18 September, having taken delivery of its first aircraft at the end of August. The aircraft will make its service debut from Panama City to San Francisco two days later on 20 September.
The Panamanian carrier has orders for 61 737 Max aircraft comprising 13 737-9s, 15 737-10s and 33 where the variant is undisclosed, according to Flight Fleets Analyser. A total of five Max 9s will be delivered this year. Copa already operates a large 737NG fleet, comprising 10 737-700s and 68 -800s.
Copa’s first Max 9 was delivered on 31 August and is understood to be configured with 170 seats, compared with 160 or 154 seats (two-class) in its 737-800s, depending on configuration.
Copa is the third airline to receive the latest and largest 737 variant in production, after Thai Lion Air and United Airlines. Using the hashtag #CopaalMAXimo, the airline has indicated on social media that the new Boeing will be unveiled on 18 September. The airline's chief executive Pedro Heilbron has previously told FlightGlobal that the Max 9 will initially operate the airline's longest routes from its Panama City Tocumen base, with San Francisco the first destination. Other points to be served by the Max 9 will include Sao Paulo and Buenos Aires and Montevideo.
Article edited to reflect correct service-entry date