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Group effort landed Copa service

Massport, state pushed hard for new Panama flight

PANAMA CITY — This city of soaring skyscrapers, ocean views, and traffic-clogged streets doesn’t seem like a destination that a lot of Bostonians would put at the top of their list. Yet the Massachusetts Port Authority, the Patrick administration, and the state’s business community devoted a considerable amount of effort to convince a little known airline to fly between the Panamanian capital and Logan International Airport.

The undertaking culminates on Thursday, when Copa Airlines launches its inaugural Boston-to-Panama City flight, offering a free meal and movies in three languages during the 5½-hour trip. It will be the first nonstop service to Latin America since Taca Airlines stopped flying to San Salvador in 2006.

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