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A new era of daily nonstop service from Latin America lands in Boston: Among the inaugural flight crew and invited guests (including Panamanian Danilo Pérez, one of the finest contemporary pianists and jazz composers of our era, dressed in orange) are Fernando Fondevila Leyton, Copa Airlines Regional Manager North America Commercial, Thomas P. Glynn, CEO and Executive Director of Massport; Edward C. Freni, Director of Aviations and Jose Masso, III, Director of Community Relations for Massport.

The world truly got a little smaller last week as Massachusetts officially welcomed Copa Airlines to Boston Logan International Airport with an inaugural flight highlighting the daily nonstop service from Panama’s Hub of the Americas at Tocumen International Airport in Panama City with convenient connections to more than 55 other destinations in Latin America.

To mark this historic day, Massport held an official welcoming event at the gate with a speaking program and ribbon cutting followed by an Ethnic Media Roundtable to introduce New England’s ethnic media outlets to the Massachusetts Port Authority.

Historic Moment: Thomas P. Glynn, CEO and Executive Director of Massport; Edward C. Freni, Director of Aviations (center) and Fernando Fondevila Leyton, Regional Manager North America Commercial celebrate at the inaugural event at Logan Airport.

With this new non-stop service to Panama, passengers can make convenient connections to destinations throughout Latin America and the Caribbean, without customs/immigration waits for in-transit passengers. In particular, Copa’s new Boston-Panama flight offers the most convenient connections to Brazil, Colombia; San Jose, Costa Rica; Lima, Peru; and Santiago, Chile.

“Nonstop service to Latin America will open up new opportunities to allow Massachusetts businesses to compete in the 21st century global marketplace,” said Governor Deval Patrick.

“The arrival of Copa Airlines not only connects our many diverse residents and visiting students to their families but increases our global presence in business and tourism,” Mayor Thomas Menino said.

“We will provide Boston-area business and leisure travelers the fastest and most direct way to fly from Boston to Panama, as well as unsurpassed connectivity throughout Central and South America and the Caribbean,” said Pedro Heilbron, CEO, Copa Airlines.

Prior to Copa Airlines’ arrival, Boston was the largest U.S. market without nonstop service to Latin America.

The approximately 5 ½-hour flight 718 is scheduled to depart Panama each day at 11:46 a.m., and arrive in Boston at 6:16 p.m. Flight 719 is scheduled to depart Boston Logan International Airport daily at 9:54 a.m., arriving at Copa’s Hub of the Americas at Tocumen International Airport in Panama City at 2:28 p.m.

El primero: Carlos Isava of Brighton, a native of Venezuela, was the very first to buy Copa airlines tickets for the non-stop flight from Logan to Panama. “I am going with 4 of my friends to a wedding, so this was great!”
Encuentro Con Los Medios Latinos: Massport officials held a round table discussion with the Latino media to discuss how the partnership between Copa Airlines and Massport will impact the economy and the community. Pictured: Jose Masso, III, Director of Community Relations for Massport and Kenn Turner, Director of Diversity and Inclusion/Compliance at Massport. (photo: Kristie Gillooly)

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