Panama's Copa Airlines will begin nonstop service four times a week between Panama City and Brazil's capital Brasilia on June 18.

Panama’s Copa Airlines will begin nonstop service four times a week between Panama City and Brazil’s capital Brasilia on June 18.

Brasilia will be Copa Airlines’ sixth Brazilian destination and its 56th destination overall.

“Copa Airlines’ new nonstop Brasilia service demonstrates our commitment to establishing more routes to this important Latin American country and to continue uniting the Americas,” says Pedro Heilbron, CEO of Copa Airlines. “Our Hub of the Americas at Tocumen International Airport in Panama offers the best connectivity for flights to Central America and the Caribbean, as well as to our destinations in North and South America.”

Copa Airlines operates a large and quickly growing fleet of Boeing 737NGs and Embraer 190s. The first 737NG model in the airline's fleet was the 737-700, one of which is shown here taking off on a test flight from either Renton or Boeing Field, but Copa Airlines has come increasingly to rely on the 737-800 as the mainstay of its fleet and all its future 737 orders for for 737-800s. Copa Airlines and its subsidiary Copa Airlines Colombia also operate a fleet of Embraer 190s

The flight will operate four times a week, departing Tocumen International Airport (PTY) at 6:32 p.m. on Mondays, Tuesdays, Thursdays, and Saturdays, and arriving at Brasília International Airport – President Juscelino Kubitschek (BSB) at 2:40 a.m. local time. The return flight will depart BSB at 5:41 a.m. on Tuesdays, Wednesdays, Fridays and Sundays and will land at PTY at 9:48 a.m. local time.

Copa Airlines says it offers more flights to international destinations than any other airline from any other hub in Latin America. At the Hub of the Americas in Panama, passengers can connect to destinations throughout Latin America, North America and the Caribbean. Transit passengers not entering Panama do not need to clear customs and immigration.

A planned city inaugurated in 1960, Brasilia has a population of 2.2 million and the highest per capita income in the country.  In addition to being the seat of Brazil’s federal government, the city offers numerous cultural attractions, including many museums, theaters, art galleries and parks, and festivals throughout the year, such as the Film Festival, Fashion Week, and Summer Music Festival.

Brasilia boasts 41 sports clubs, 14 shopping malls and more than 3,000 restaurants and bars. Visitors also can enjoy recreational activities at nearby Lake Paranoa.

Copa Airlines will operate Boeing 737-700s on the Panama City-Brasilia route.

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