The design is inspired by the dynamism and colorful ceilings of the Biomuseo and represents Panama’s biodiversity and cultural multiplicity. Through this initiative, the plane will carry the Biomuseo’s emblem throughout the American continent, conveying the importance influence that the rise of the Isthmus of Panama has had in the Planet’s natural history.
The sketch embodied on the aircraft was developed by the project’s graphic designer Joyce Shin.
The presentation of the new aircraft took place at the North Pier of the Tocumen International Airport, which brought together government officials, managers and executives of the Panamanian airline, as well as the Amador Foundation’s board of directors, the organization that manages the Biomuseo. Also present were the representatives of the national tourism sector, who witnessed the unveiling of the aircraft that will project internationally the value of Panama’s national heritage among the more than 6 million passengers that annually travel with Copa Airlines.
Pedro Heilbron, CEO of Copa Airlines, stated that “as the official airline of the museum, it honors us greatly to add to our fleet this new aircraft, which will promote Panama’s biological wealth throughout the entire continent.”
“This aircraft will not only allow to share how proud Panamanians are of the rich natural history of our country, but it will also serve as an invitation to the world traveler to visit Panama, an ideal and privileged center for the exploration, knowledge and protection of biodiversity” Heilbron added.
“At Biomuseo, we will continue stimulating Panamanians’ awareness of biodiversity, teaching them about the fundamental value that is already being generated around this project, which is intended to provide an experience that impacts and educates people about the vast biodiversity that exists in Panama, as a result of the rise of Isthmus,” said Dr. Alejandro Ferrer, President of the Amador Foundation.
Copa Airlines is also the sponsor of the ‘human footprint’ exhibit, one of the eight galleries that make up the Biomuseo’s permanent exhibition, which will present the story of the migration of people across the isthmus, as the vital bridge of exchange between the Americas. This view of Panama’s role is strengthened by the operation of Copa Airlines, which exploits the country’s strategic geographical position to enhance the connectivity of the continent through its Hub of the Americas at Tocumen International Airport.
This initiative subscribes to the view the Panamanian airline shares with the Government and the Biomuseo to continuously support actions that help position the country as a unique and valuable tourist destination, besides being an excellent connection and commercial center.
The new Boeing 737-800 Next Generation with the Biomuseo image will cross the skies of the Americas from the present date. The Biomuseo, scheduled to open in 2013, is the first building designed by renowned Canadian architect Frank Gehry in Latin America.