The Copa Airlines fleet consists of 82 Boeing 737s.
Compañía Panameña de Aviación began its service in 1947 as Panama's national airline. In the early years, Copa limited itself to domestic destinations. Finally, in 1966, the first foreign airport, San Jose in Costa Rica, was served. Two years later, Jamaica, Nicaragua and Colombia were on the flight schedule.
In order to compete with Air Panama, Copa concentrated on international routes in the 1980s and deployed its first jet aircraft, a Boeing 737-100. During this time, destinations in the Caribbean and the USA were increasingly flown to. This trend continued in the 1990s, with more and more destinations in North and Latin America being added.
At the end of the 1990s, Continental acquired a 49% stake in Copa Airlines. Copa then adapted its logo and colours to Continental and took over its frequent flyer programme Onepass. When Continental announced its switch from the Skyteam alliance to the Star Alliance, Copa also announced the end of its cooperation with Skyteam.
Copa Airlines currently flies from its base at Tocumen Int. Airport in Panama City to more than 80 different destinations in the Americas and the Caribbean as part of the Star Alliance. Regular destinations include Bogota, Rio de Janeiro, Guatemala City, Los Angeles, Kingston, San Jose and Cancun.