Luisde8cd From Pitcairn Islands, joined Aug 2004, 2577 posts, RR: 30
Reply 7, posted (9 years 1 month 1 week 3 days 22 hours ago) and read 6682 times:
Quoting PanAm747 (Reply 8): Sounds like Uncle Hugo is giving Uncle Fidel a little spending cash. I don't recall Cuba having major oil exports...
Cuba gets discounted oil from Venezuela as part of the San Jose Energy Cooperation Agreement which is enough to cover Cuba's demands, but in addition to that agreement, Chavez sends a couple extra oil tankers a month to Cuba to pay the island for the couple hundred Cuban doctors that work in Venezuela (which are paid a salary also by the Venezuelan govt.).
Cuba re-exports this extra oil and earns huge profits. It's the greatest deal of the century for Cuba!
LTBEWR From United States of America, joined Jan 2004, 13369 posts, RR: 16
Reply 9, posted (9 years 1 month 1 week 3 days 17 hours ago) and read 6163 times:
As long (and hopefully for actually a very short time, don't forget he is elderly) as Castro is in power, he needs a long distance aircraft. He obiously cannot by Boeing or even Airbus (due to USA embargos) so what other kind of a/c can he buy? Yes, he is like any other despot who rapes financially his terribly poor and opressed citizens, living very well above the rest of society.
Hoya From United States of America, joined Jun 2004, 429 posts, RR: 0
Reply 10, posted (9 years 1 month 1 week 3 days 16 hours ago) and read 6102 times:
I'm surprised that no one noticed the link to airliners.net on the BBC website. In the top right hand corner, under Related Internet Links, there is a link to 'Aviation Photos Il-96-300,' which leads directly to airliners.net pictures of Il-96s.
SFOMEX From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 11, posted (9 years 1 month 1 week 3 days 15 hours ago) and read 5975 times:
Let's go back to the thread.
This Il-96 looks impressive. I wonder if Castro will have the best presidential airplane in Latin America. As far as I know, Mexican President flies a 757 and Chavez (Venezuela) an A319. I believe that the Argentinean plane (Tango 1) is a 757, but I'm not sure.
What about other countries in South America? Any idea?