Copa world’s top long-haul narrowbody operator
Copa is the world’s leading long-haul narrowbody operator this year.
It has over two million such seats for a 28% share of the 7.1 million expected globally. However, the year is far from finalised, and worldwide long-haul seats by single-aisle aircraft are down by 53% YOY.
148 airports are expected to see long-haul narrowbody service across 67 countries. The USA leads with 3.5 in ten seats, followed by Panama, Brazil, Turkey, and Chile.
B737s, of all models, have 60% of long-haul narrowbody capacity, predictably led by -800s with over 35% of the total. This is overwhelmingly from Copa.
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B737-900s, meanwhile, have more than a million, primarily from Turkish Airlines and its expansive Africa network. It serves 25 African cities over 4,500 kilometres; Mogadishu, 4,655 kilometres away, has the most seats.
B757s remain key, with more capacity than the A320 family combined, especially from United, Icelandair, and Delta.
Latin America top region for long-haul narrowbodies; Copa has 15 routes
Latin America is by far the top region for long-haul narrowbodies, with over 2.8 million seats. It has over three times as much supply as widebody-focused Asia-Pacific.
There are 145 scheduled long-haul narrowbody routes this year, with Latin America featuring seven times in the top-10. This is the same as pre-coronavirus, although there’s some mix-up market-wise.
Panama City to Sao Paulo, some 5,076 kilometres apart, is top; it’ll be up to 39-weekly later this year. It is one of Copa’s 15 long-haul routes.
Anchorage to Chicago has entered the top-10; it’ll have a 21-weekly offering with Alaska (14) and United (seven) this summer.
Elsewhere, Moscow Domodedovo to Chita – a 4,744-kilometre domestic route – and Denpasar to Sydney have both exited the top-10. Expect Denpasar to reappear when Australia’s borders open properly.