Ishky15 From United States of America, joined May 2000, 717 posts, RR: 14 Reply 1, posted (12 years 4 months 1 week 2 days 22 hours ago) and read 1122 times:
US Airlines are serving Cuba as we speak. They operate non-advertised charter flights to Havana, most of them from Miami. If you go to the DOT website and search for some articles, you'll find applications for charter flights from amny major US airlines. I knwo for sure that United has operated some flights there, and Continental occasionally has a 737-300 from Miami.
Chepos From Puerto Rico, joined Dec 2000, 5968 posts, RR: 12 Reply 5, posted (12 years 4 months 1 week 2 days 21 hours ago) and read 1093 times:
If teh embargo is ever lifted and scheduled flights become the norm these are my predictions
San Juan-Havana A-300
Fort Laurdale- Havana 757-200 or 767-300
Miami-Havana A 320 , A-319
Washington Dulless- Havana A 319
I really doubt Northwest planning to serve Cuba as at the moment they serve SJU from Detroit , Minneapoliss,Memphis and they have never tried serving SJU from Miami wich would be a great success.Maybe from Havana - Detroit maybe who knows. These are my predictions they might sound stupid but they are just predictions.
Parra From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR: Reply 6, posted (12 years 4 months 1 week 2 days 20 hours ago) and read 1067 times:
I'm getting off topic now but BA fly out of Gatwick using a 777. In fact a few weeks ago a flight from Havana to Gatwick was in the news because when the plane was making it's final approach to Gatwick a 16 year old frozen solid Cuban fell out of the undercarriage into a farmers field.
CactusA319 From United States of America, joined Jan 2000, 2918 posts, RR: 29 Reply 7, posted (12 years 4 months 1 week 2 days 20 hours ago) and read 1064 times:
Actually Chepos, your predictions make sense. Any U.S. airline flying to HAV us most likely going to fly from their hubs for the most part. I think AA is the airline that will jump all over Cuba if the embargo is ever lifted since they are they the largest U.S. airline in that region. However, I think MIA-HAV is going to see all widebody service because the amount of traffic between those two is going to be a lot. It'll probably be one of the bigger O&D markets out of the U.S.
CactusA319 From United States of America, joined Jan 2000, 2918 posts, RR: 29 Reply 11, posted (12 years 4 months 1 week 2 days 12 hours ago) and read 993 times:
Probably a charter. A few years ago, some Cuban Americans from MIA were allowed to visit relatives in Cuba-no strings attached. There were 3 different trips scheduled, the first one operated by a UA 763.
In the Just Planes Videos Cuba edition, there is an AA 757 in Santiago, Cuba. Most likely another charter.
Blink182 From Azerbaijan, joined Oct 1999, 5430 posts, RR: 19 Reply 12, posted (12 years 4 months 1 week 2 days 10 hours ago) and read 978 times:
Elian could have gotten across the border faster if there were scheduled air service from HAV to MIA!(Alright, I know that was mean!)
I think the two airlines that will jump into the market first will be American(surprise surprise!) and Continental as they keep getting bigger and bigger in that market.
Give me a break, I created this username when I was a kid...
CactusA319 From United States of America, joined Jan 2000, 2918 posts, RR: 29 Reply 14, posted (12 years 4 months 1 week 2 days 9 hours ago) and read 968 times:
Don't forget SJU! AA would definitely put some mainline flights out of SJU. I doubt you'll see non-stop LAX-HAV. There is hardly a market from the West Coast to the Carib. other than maybe Jamaica. AA already tried non-stop LAX-SJU and dropped in favor of one-stop service via DFW. TW was doing the same route but was being subsidized by the Puerto Rican gov.
Toxtethogrady From United States of America, joined Dec 2000, 938 posts, RR: 0 Reply 15, posted (12 years 4 months 1 week 2 days 9 hours ago) and read 969 times:
Let's face it, even if Castro's successor comes from within the party, he'll likely be more free-market oriented than the old man, and that will set the stage for deals to be cut by American-based hotels and tour operators. The same thing will happen in Cuba that has happened in China, and all of the majors will want in, from every hub city in the US (well, maybe not from St. Louis, Cincinnati, Cleveland or Salt Lake, but certainly Miami, Atlanta, New York, Washington, Chicago, Houston, DFW, LA, and perhaps Detroit, St. Louis and Minneapolis-St Paul). I would also expect Cubana will be looking to code-share or to offer nonstops to Miami, Orlando and New York.
Trintocan From United Kingdom, joined Apr 2000, 3191 posts, RR: 4 Reply 17, posted (12 years 4 months 1 week 1 day 10 hours ago) and read 933 times:
Personally, I think that in a post-communist Cuba all the major US carriers would start service to HAV from their respective hubs. Cities like Guantanamo, Santiago de Cuba and Varadero, among others, would be richly served out of MIA and FLL by charters and regional carriers like AE. Cuba's airports would become havily Americanized in terms of their air services, not unlike MBJ at present, where apart from Air Jamaica almost every flight there is by a US carrier.
Cubana would expand to MIA and JFK, maybe MCO or FLL but would codeshare to get other services. The Cuban community in the US is heavily concentrated in FLA and so services elsewhere would not be justified until the tourist market, developed by the US majors, takes off.