Panama City - Last week on Tuesday (September 18) Copa Airlines presented its first Boeing 737 MAX 9 at the Tocumen International Airport, Panama City.
Boeing's latest generation of single-aisle joined the Central American airline as a result of an order made by the company in 2016. The arrival of the new MAX 9 is an essential milestone for the Tocumen-based carrier that converting to an all-MAX fleet.
Copa has 45 MAX 8/9 (convertible to one another) and 15 MAX 10 in its order book. Airline's fleet currently includes 77 Boeing 737NG, one 737 MAX 9 and 12 Embraer E190.
Copa's Boeing 737-9 is configured to accommodate 166 passengers in two classes including 16 seats with a space of 60 inches called Dreams. The class features seats that can be reclined at a greater angle and holds amenities such as the 16-inch IFE screen, USB and power hubs.
With a 34-inch pitch, the economy class seats are also more spacious than the current 737NGs' in the fleet.
In addition to an increase in passenger capacity and flight radius, the 737 MAX 9 will also save fuel thanks to the new Leap 1-B engines supplied by CFM International.
On September 21, the aircraft carried out its first commercial flight from Tocumen International Airport to Tampa, Florida.
The carrier expects four other 737 MAX this year and another eight in 2019.