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Copa Airlines

Leading Latin American Airline Saves 50% in Networking Costs by Implementing Fortinet Secure SD-WAN

"We needed a cost-saving, secure and scalable solution. The FortiGate equipment we had enabled us to develop a secure SD-WAN model that came with a 50% cost savings. Fortinet Secure SD-WAN solution brought us reliable, redundant and seamless connectivity, as well as centralized management and secure network traffic.”

– Hugo Aquino, Vice President of Technology, Copa Airlines


In 2020, the travel and tourism industry was one of the most severely impacted by the global COVID-19 pandemic. Copa Airlines, one of the most commanding airlines in Latin America, faced this challenging time just like any other carrier. Before the pandemic, the company was operating approximately 300 flights daily to 80 destinations and one year after the beginning of the health crisis, its operation continues to be 70% lower.

The situation compelled the airline to find new ways to reduce costs to protect its cash flow. After an analysis carried out by the airline's Infrastructure and Communications area, the company realized it could save 50% of its communications costs by leveraging their FortiGate NGFW infrastructure to deploy the Fortinet Secure SD-WAN solution, also getting more benefits.

Learn more about Copa Airline’s journey of selecting and deploying Fortinet Secure SD-WAN solution in this case study.

Business Impact


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50% savings in networking costs


Greater control and broader visibility over network security by managing everything from a single console

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Scalable solution that allows the company to not depend on a single Internet provider

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Reliable and secure network to support usage of more than 300 business applications

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