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Copa Airlines delays retirement of its E190 fleet due to extended 737 MAX grounding

Panama City, Panama - Copa Airlines has differed the proposed removal of its Embraer E190 jets a few months because of the ongoing 737 MAX grounding.

Chief Financial Officer Jose Montero said that some fleet transition events will slip into the second quarter of 2021.

"So call it in the fourth quarter of 2021, whereas before, we had it leaving during the second quarter of 2021," Montero said.

COPA Airlines based its original transition plan on the assumption that the grounded 737 MAX jets would return to service in the first quarter of 2020. The airline now delayed its scheduled 737 MAX flights until the end of August 2020.

South American carrier currently operates fourteen Embraer E190ARs that are 12.9 years old on average. The airline has six grounded Boeing 737 MAX 9s and a further 55 copies, including 15 MAX 10 variants, are waiting to be delivered over time.