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Earlier logo used before 1990
Air Panama is an international airline based in Panama Citymarker. It provides air services throughout Panama and to San Josémarker, Costa Ricamarker, It is Panama's second largest airline, their main base is located in the Panama City, domestic airport call Marcos A. Gelabert (MPMG / PAC) known also as Albrook, its former USA Base name.

History

The airline was originally a joint venture between Iberia Airlines and the Panamanian government. In the late 1970s Iberia Airlines sold their shares entirely to the Panamanian government, who became sole propietor. During the 1980s Air Panama services declined, and it was left with a single Boeing 727-100 by 1989. After the United States invasion of Panama in 1989 the only airplane owned by Air Panama was damaged by gunfire, and was written off from service. When the new government was installed, efforts were made to privatize the airline. However, the airline union hampered the efforts by demanding that their past salaries were covered by the new operator. As no agreement could be met, the government dropped the privatization idea.

The New Air Panama

The Air Panama trademark was allowed to lapse, and the name (with a different logo from the original Air Panama) is now used by a regional carrier which forms the present Air Panama. The "new" Air Panama began operating under its current name in early 2006. Previously, the same airline operated under the name "Turismo Aéreo". Air Panama has grown to account for more than half of the domestic commercial air travel market in Panama, offering more destinations than any other regional carrier in the country.

Destinations



Other Services: domestic and international charter (passengers or cargo) flights.

Fleet



The airline is currently upgrading its fleet with De Havilland Canada Dash-8 & Saab 340 type aircraft.

Airline's Safety Record

In 2007, according to official statistics of the Civil Aviation Authority (AAC) of Panama, Air Panama suffered a total aircraft loss. No deaths or serious injuries were suffered by passengers on board in these event.

For more information of accidents and incidents in Panamá see the Aviation Safety Net website.

External links

Turismo Panama y viajes a Panama

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