CX flyboy From Hong Kong, joined Dec 1999, 6643 posts, RR: 55
Reply 2, posted (8 years 9 months 1 week 4 days 11 hours ago) and read 4351 times:
Remember the fiasco about the IL96s being all grounded? This helped to delay the process...but you don't actually know what stage the aircraft was at when you saw the photo of it at the airshow. Have you ever noticed photos of VIP aircraft flying around and then spend over a year getting kitted out as VIP? Did you know that by the time the USAF 747-400 laser platform goes into service it will have been 'around' for a fairly large number of years? Remember when Rolls Royce powered A330s were all grounded for a while? I am sure that Ilyushin was not 'pulling crap' and that there was a reason for it all.
Quoting Laxintl (Reply 6): Topic has been discussed quite frequenelty over the last years.
Castro Gets His Own Executive Il-96 (by Katanapilot Mar 10 2006 in Civil Aviation)#ID2651469
Cubana Fleet Renewal Update! (by Georgiabill Oct 25 2005 in Civil Aviation)#ID2401801
Cubana And The IL-96? (by B742 Oct 12 2005 in Civil Aviation)#ID2377445
Cubana Il-96. What Are Their Plans? New Livery? (by Boeing777/747 Oct 4 2005 in Civil Aviation)#ID2362139
IL96 Cubana In Europe (by FCKC Aug 18 2005 in Civil Aviation)#ID2280049
Cubana Il-96 (by Viasa Jul 27 2005 in Civil Aviation)#ID2241333
Cubana Fleet Renewal (by Tu154 Feb 15 2005 in Civil Aviation)#ID1960820
RE: Cubana's IL96s (by 757MDE Oct 5 2004 in Civil Aviation)#ID1766424
PhotoLPPT From Portugal, joined Jul 2004, 520 posts, RR: 2
Reply 5, posted (8 years 9 months 1 week 4 days 9 hours ago) and read 4235 times:
Quoting Alberchico (Thread starter): they were seen last in August at the Maks 2005 airshow, and then a pic in the database has them landing in Portugal. Why Portugal,
They only have one yet, and the reason they are stopping at LIS are tech stops for fuel. These are relief flights doing Havana - Lisbon - Istanbul - Karachi and back, carrying medical staff and other stuff, related to the big earthquake that struck Pakistan recently.
Before the IL96, we got IL62 on the same weekly basis. Great sights