ASIG Panamá expanded its services in Panama at the beginning of this month, launching aircraft fueling services at Albrook “Marcos A. Gelbert” International Airport on October 1. As operator of the airport’s sole fuel facility, the company provides fueling service for all general aviation and domestic commercial flights at the airport.
Signature Flight Support broke ground late last week on the first FBO at Panama’s Tocumen International Airport. The new 7,000-sq-ft facility, which is expected to open late next year, will include a customer lobby, pilot’s lounge, in-house customs and immigration facilities and dedicated customer parking. However, a Signature spokesman said the location will not include any hangars.
Panama’s Copa Airlines has placed an estimated $1 billion firm order for 13 Boeing 737-800s, in a deal consisting of a mixture of option conversions and new sales, the airline announced today. The contract raises the total number of Boeing 737NGs Copa has ordered to 27 and increases Boeing’s net order count for the year from four airplanes to 17.
Israel Aircraft Industries 1124 Westwind, Tocumen, Panama, July 2, 2004–Westwind N280AT, operated by Air Trek as a Part 135 air ambulance flight, crashed into a building shortly after takeoff from the Tocumen International Airport. The airplane was destroyed and all six occupants were killed. A seventh person on the ground was also killed. VMC prevailed, and an IFR flight plan had been filed.
Colombian domestic airline AeroRepublica has placed a firm order for five 108-seat Embraer 190s and options on another 20 of the latest member of Embraer’s E-Jet line. A wholly owned subsidiary of Panama’s Copa Holdings, AeroRepublica plans to start taking deliveries in November and immediately press the airplanes into service on existing domestic routes.