BOGOTA , Colombia , Jan. 26 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- AeroRepublica,subsidiary of Copa Holdings, S.A. (NYSE: CPA), commemorated yesterday the recent arrival of its first four EMBRAER 190 aircraft. The event, held inAeroRepublica's facilities in Simon Bolivar Air Terminal in Bogota , was attended by corporate clients, travel agencies, government officials, EMBRAER representatives and company officials, among others.
AeroRepublica is the first airline in the domestic Colombian market to operate this new aircraft, which consists of a 106-seat single class configuration. The airline's fleet modernization plan is one of the principal initiatives being implemented as part of its alliance with Copa Airlines,which began in 2005. The EMBRAER 190 will gradually replace AeroRepublica's fleet of MD-80 aircraft, providing significant advantages in terms of operational performance and customer appeal.
"With these new aircraft, we confirm our commitment to our customers to provide them with a world-class product that will greatly improve their travel experience through added comfort and reliability," stated Roberto Junguito,CEO, AeroRepublica.
During 2006, AeroRepublica undertook several initiatives aimed at consolidating itself as a world-class airline and leveraging its relationship with Copa Airlines. Among these initiatives was the adoption of OnePass,Continental Airlines' awarded frequent flyer program, and the launching of its new corporate image.
AeroRepublica is the second-largest domestic carrier in Colombia ,providing service to 12 cities in Colombia as well as international connectivity with Copa Airlines' Hub of the Americas through daily flights from Bogota and Medellin. CPA-G
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"It's unlikely Copa would have had either the expertise or the willingness to do a deal like what we did in Colombia had we not had such a successful relationship with Continental," Gunn said.