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Is It Safer Flying Cubana From Or To Cuba?  
User currently offlineAA7295 From Australia, joined Aug 2007, 622 posts, RR: 0
Posted (3 years 8 months 2 weeks 1 day 19 hours ago) and read 6758 times:

Hi All,

I may be going to Cuba in May 2011. I will be flying in to Havana from Cancun. I would like to try Cubana, but they use the Yak-42 aircraft. I am a bit cautious and scared of flying on this aircraft as it is one of the Soviet aircraft from yesterday, not to mention Cubana's track record.

Despite this, I would like to still try Cubana. My question is do you think it would be safer to fly Cubana CUN to HAV where the CUN mechanics have given it a check or vice versa HAV to CUN where Cubana operations are based?

Cheers,
AA7295

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User currently offlinedazeflight From Germany, joined Jun 1999, 580 posts, RR: 2
Reply 1, posted (3 years 8 months 2 weeks 1 day 16 hours ago) and read 6551 times:

To be honest, if the sole fact that this is "a soviet aircraft from yesterday" scares you away, you should rather not fly Cubana at all. If you want to try them out, I see no point in flying with their Airbus' planes inherited and/or leased from other companies opposed to a true Cubana-plane.

The mechanics at CUN will most likely not check the plane anyway, btw.


User currently offlineBurkhard From Germany, joined Nov 2006, 4399 posts, RR: 2
Reply 2, posted (3 years 8 months 2 weeks 1 day 16 hours ago) and read 6512 times:

There is no indication that the Yak42 is part of the hell.

As an aviation enthusiast, I would fly it both ways. As a families father, I'd take the TACA leased A320s.


User currently offlineJJJ From Spain, joined May 2006, 1861 posts, RR: 1
Reply 3, posted (3 years 8 months 2 weeks 1 day 16 hours ago) and read 6460 times:

I would avoid flying a Yak-42, but only because it's SO noisy.

I'm still sure that there's a higher chance to be killed on the taxi to the airport than on the flight itself.


User currently offlineSIBILLE From Belgium, joined Jun 2005, 483 posts, RR: 2
Reply 4, posted (3 years 8 months 2 weeks 1 day 16 hours ago) and read 6398 times:

I ve flown on CU Il9 and Il6 a few month ago, on TU5 and AN4 a long time ago and I m still alive. I think there is no safety problems with CU. They need to bring tourists for their national economy and I think they neet a safe fleet to avoid bad reputation. Y42 is a great aircraft to fly but I must tell you that they could change the type at the very last minute (320, IL6, T20)

User currently offlineLAXintl From United States of America, joined May 2000, 25741 posts, RR: 50
Reply 5, posted (3 years 8 months 2 weeks 1 day 9 hours ago) and read 5942 times:

While the Yak-42 might be novelty to fly, the facts are that air safety in Cuba and ex Soviet models is not the best.


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User currently offlinePlymSpotter From Spain, joined Jun 2004, 11668 posts, RR: 60
Reply 6, posted (3 years 8 months 2 weeks 10 hours ago) and read 5834 times:

Quoting JJJ (Reply 3):
I would avoid flying a Yak-42, but only because it's SO noisy.

It's not that bad actually, certainly no worse than a MD-80.

I've had half a dozen flights in the type and experienced no problems, it's a fun little aircraft and what's more it's not that old. Most of Cubana's are just over 20 years, but in terms of cycles the aircraft are very low and have a lot of life in them.


Dan  



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User currently offlineAR385 From Mexico, joined Nov 2003, 6357 posts, RR: 31
Reply 7, posted (3 years 8 months 1 week 6 days 22 hours ago) and read 5771 times:
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My two cents as there is probably no one else in this forum that knows more about airlines and aircraft than you:

I would never question the Cubana engineers or maintenance, they are probably some of the best in the planet, but I would question their budget available for the past 2 years, given the measures Raúl has been taking for a while now, so in truth, I would avoid Cubana altogether.

They had a recent crash, for which I admit I know nothing about, but it was recent on a western aircraft and apparrently, and I say this with caution, appparently, mechanical failure had something to do with it.

Regards.


User currently offlineAA7295 From Australia, joined Aug 2007, 622 posts, RR: 0
Reply 8, posted (3 years 8 months 1 week 6 days 21 hours ago) and read 5761 times:

Arrrrghhhhhh!!

So many mixed opinions!

But no one has really answered my question?

Should I go Aeromexico CUN to HAV? Or Aeromexico on the way back. I am now thinking on the way there?


User currently offlineZKNCL From New Zealand, joined Oct 2010, 292 posts, RR: 0
Reply 9, posted (3 years 8 months 1 week 6 days 20 hours ago) and read 5753 times:

Quoting PlymSpotter (Reply 6):
Quoting JJJ (Reply 3):
I would avoid flying a Yak-42, but only because it's SO noisy.

It's not that bad actually, certainly no worse than a MD-80.

The MD-80 is not that bad actually, certainly no worse than a DC-9 


User currently offlineMH017 From Netherlands, joined Apr 2005, 1692 posts, RR: 30
Reply 10, posted (3 years 8 months 1 week 6 days 19 hours ago) and read 5746 times:

My choice would be, one way on CU (for the sake of flying a Cuban aircraft, YK4 or whatever type) and AM on the way back; this way you'll experience 'both worlds'...


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User currently offlineB6JFKH81 From United States of America, joined Mar 2006, 2894 posts, RR: 7
Reply 11, posted (3 years 8 months 1 week 6 days 14 hours ago) and read 5704 times:

Quoting dazeflight (Reply 1):
The mechanics at CUN will most likely not check the plane anyway, btw.

Why would they? The flight crew does a walk-around, and contacts MX if something is wrong. There isn't any reason for MX to do a meet and greet for every flight. That's how our airline does it...even at the hubs. MX comes out during the turns if they are needed. R.O.N. aircraft is a different story though, there are typically MX packages assigned (daily checks, weekly checks, etc.).



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User currently offlinelonghauler From Canada, joined Mar 2004, 5054 posts, RR: 43
Reply 12, posted (3 years 8 months 1 week 6 days 13 hours ago) and read 5685 times:

Quoting AA7295 (Reply 8):
Should I go Aeromexico CUN to HAV? Or Aeromexico on the way back. I am now thinking on the way there?


If you mean safety, as in likely to get killed, then it is a crap-shoot either way. No more likely one way than the other.

If you mean safety, as in delays or cancellations, then it is best to stick with the carrier's own "turf" as they have more options to help the passenger. In that respect, it would be best to fly AM CUN-HAV and CU HAV-CUN.



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User currently offlineoa260 From Ireland, joined Nov 2006, 27111 posts, RR: 60
Reply 13, posted (3 years 8 months 1 week 3 days 6 hours ago) and read 5519 times:

Id take Cubana you would have to be extremely unlucky to have any kind of incident. In fact any incidents I have had over the years have been on newish A or B aircraft !

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