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COPA Airlines has immediately and temporarily grounded their fleet of Boeing 737 MAX9 aircraft.

Flights scheduled on those planes will be shifted to other aircraft. Travelers can check on their itinerary at www.copa.com

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Copa grounds Boeing Max 8  & 9 planes

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Posted 13/03/2019
 
Copa Airlines announced on Wednesday afternoon, March 13, that it had "immediately and temporarily" suspended the operation of its Boeing 737 MAX 9 aircraft.

According to the airline, the suspension was carried out in coordination with the Civil Aviation Authority (CAA).

The decision of Copa Airlines came soon after President Trump announced a similar measure for the United States which had trailed the European Union, the, Canada, China  Singapore and other countries around the world.decided after the crash accident last Sunday of an Ethiopian Airlines, which left 157 dead.

This decision was published in the Twitter account of the company which that the is measure is pending the "findings of on the causes of the Ethiopian Airlines accident".

 

https://newsroompanama.com/travel/copa-grounds-boeing-max-8-9-planes

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Copa pilots test Boeing MAX software updates

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Posted 29/03/2019
 
Copa Airlines reports that executives of the Flight Operations department qualified to fly their MAX fleet, accompanied by representatives of the Civil Aviation Authority of Panama (AAC), participated in review sessions and tests of the updates and measures implemented by Boeing to the software System of Increase of Maneuvering Characteristics (MCAS).

According to the airline, the executives and pilot instructors of Copa Airlines tested and validated the characteristics and changes proposed by Boeing in the meetings held in Seattle, US, along with airlines and regulators from across the world

Updates to MCAS submitted by Boeing will be certified by the Federal Aviation Administration of the United States (FAA) and other aviation authorities worldwide, such as those of Canada and Europe.

" We are satisfied with the updates made to the logic of the software, which address the existing concerns about the operation of the MCAS system" said Bolivar Dominguez, vice president of Flight Operations at Copa Airlines.

He said that they trust in the robust training program offered to their crews, qualified to operate the aircraft and the ability of their pilots to fly the MAX9 safely.

the airline said that, when making the purchase order for its MAX fleet, it invested in optional devices for the aircraft, which help the pilots to have a greater awareness in case of any irregular situation.

Since mid-2018 it has developed a robust specialized training program for its pilots who operate the MAX9, which will be strengthened when a MAX simulator acquired by the Company goes into operation in  May.
 

https://www.newsroompanama.com/business/copa-pilots-test-boeing-max-software-updates

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Panama lifts ban on 737 MAX conditional to US requirements

Panama‘s CAA resolved (03-Jul-2019) to lift the temporary ban on Boeing 737 MAX 8 and MAX 9 aircraft, which was imposed by Resolution 41 on 13-Mar-2019. The CAA added the following requirements to operate the aircraft models:

 

https://blueswandaily.com/panama-lifts-ban-on-737-max-conditional-to-us-requirements/

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Copa pulls troubled Boeing Max planes from fleet

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Mothballed until mid-December

Posted 15/08/2019

Copa Airlines has removed Boeing MAX aircraft from its fleet until mid-December due to delays in Boeing obtaining safety certifications from U.S. aviation authorities.

In his report of income and expenses for the second quarter, Pedro Heilbron, executive director of Copa Airlines, said that the company took MAX aircraft out of its programming until December 15.

The stoppage of the six MAX aircraft has impacted the company's operation on its long-term flights, such as San Francisco, the United States, and Buenos Aires, Argentina.

To take full advantage of its fleet of 104 aircraft, the airline has canceled flights on some of its routes, including its internal flight to David, in Chiriqui province.

For this year, Boeing was to have ed deliver another seven MAX 9 aircraft to Copa, a delay that will impact the operations of the airline, a decrease that will be felt more strongly in the second half of the year, according to estimates of the company's executive plan.

In addition to reducing the transport capacity of the Panamanian airline, problems with MAX aircraft also impacted the expansion plans of the company's low-cost subsidiary, Wingo.

By the end of 2019, the company was scheduled to maintain a plane in Panama to offer flights from to Colombia and Cuba, among others, but now those plans have moved to the second quarter of 2020.

 

https://www.newsroompanama.com/travel/copa-pulls-troubled-boeing-max-planes-from-fleet

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