EyeSky From United States of America, joined Aug 2000, 313 posts, RR: 0 Posted (14 years 4 months 1 week 5 days 5 hours ago) and read 423 times:
Can anyone fill me in on the status of Cubana's fleet? They are still operating mostly Soviet-era aircraft. Their IL-62's are getting pretty old. I know they have leased A320's from TransAer, but am wondering if there have been any plans or announcements to modernize their fleet.
Sabenapilot From Belgium, joined Feb 2000, 2728 posts, RR: 46
Reply 1, posted (14 years 4 months 1 week 5 days 4 hours ago) and read 337 times:
Cubana leases/leased a DC-10 from AOM - Air Outre Mer for flights to Western Europe. This plane was involved in a runway overrun last year or so somewere in South America.
Also, they are talking about buying some A340s to replace the ageing IL-62s on long haul flights.
I don't know when this will happen, but whenever they replace those Iljushins, they will certainly turn to Airbus, since the USA is having an economical boycot against this small caribbean country trying to organise its economy in a different way the Americans would like to see it organised...
A330 From Belgium, joined May 1999, 649 posts, RR: 7
Reply 2, posted (14 years 4 months 1 week 5 days 3 hours ago) and read 313 times:
How can Cubana finance a fleet renewal when the US still has this ludicrous embargo on Cuba?!
It is sad to see a beautiful country with the friendliest people and a genuine leader decay because some ignorant Americans still think that all communists want to destroy Washington... Sad, very sad indeed.
Cubana is one of the most interesting airlines nowadays, they have some genuine antique flying!!
(I would love to fly the IL62).
Wingman From Seychelles, joined May 1999, 2378 posts, RR: 5
Reply 3, posted (14 years 4 months 1 week 5 days 3 hours ago) and read 292 times:
Have you two ever been to Cuba? Cubans are indeed some of the friendliest people around. Get to know them and then ask them waht they think of their "genuine" leader Fidel. I won't share their comments with you as this would be second-hand information, but I suggest you go to Havana yourselves and find out the truth before you post your "objective" opinions.
Superfly From Thailand, joined May 2000, 40115 posts, RR: 74
Reply 4, posted (14 years 4 months 1 week 5 days 3 hours ago) and read 287 times:
I agree! The embargo should be lifted! I am planning a trip to Cuba ASAP. I want to fly there Il-62 in to Havana. From what I understand, they only fly those to South America now. Has anyone you know flown on Cubana. Who services thease ageing jets?
Searpqx From Netherlands, joined Jun 2000, 4344 posts, RR: 10
Reply 5, posted (14 years 4 months 1 week 5 days 3 hours ago) and read 283 times:
Ok, before this gets like the thread on the US-UA merger update (don't bother to read it unless you're very interested in others opinions of George W Bush and Al gore and their respective campaigns), please stick to the topic. I'm speaking for myself, but I'm guessing that many share my desire to read about civil aviation and CLOSLEY related topics in this forum, period!
There are numerous other forums on the web to discuss political opinions and your views pro/con on the US Embargo (and to make sure there is no mistake, I'm not commenting for or against, so please don't try and read my political stance into this posting, because it isn't in here!).
"The two most common elements in the universe are Hydrogen and stupidity"
Panther From Bahamas, joined Jun 2000, 225 posts, RR: 0
Reply 7, posted (14 years 4 months 1 week 5 days 2 hours ago) and read 276 times:
I flew Cubana about four years ago from Nassau to Havana. I truly remember how loud that An-26 was and on the ground at Nassau I had to take my shirt off inside the plane for it was so damn hot, no a/c on the airplane, once airborne it started to cool off. The service was nothing worth remembering, I guess thats good, for we often remeber bad things. Cubana now uses thier Yak 42 service to NAS, maybe I will try that sometime.