Gnomon From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR: Posted (12 years 2 months 2 weeks 5 days 8 hours ago) and read 837 times:
Continental's electronic timetable for PDAs shows one daily roundtrip flight between Miami and Havana (CO 4919 outbound and 4918 on the return). It's operated by 733 equipment. CO's Web site doesn't reveal any alliance carrier operating the 4900 series of flights (the most likely, COPA, is in the 9000 series), nor does it provide any dep/arr info for CO4919 or CO4918, nor does the desktop version of the electronic timetable show any service between MIA and HAV.
My question: Does CO operate to Cuba? I know that, under the US trade embargo, it legally can't, but it's not uncommon for some companies to get relief and/or exception from political embargoes in special circumstances.
Moreover, a pic from Airliners.net (I don't have it handy...sorry) depicts a Continental 737-300 parked at Havana at night. More info would be great.
DeltAirlines From United States of America, joined May 1999, 8770 posts, RR: 13 Reply 6, posted (12 years 2 months 2 weeks 4 days 22 hours ago) and read 651 times:
I wish they would drop the embargo with Cuba. They are no longer a threat to us, and the only skirmishes we have with Fidel now are over immigration. We have gotten over China and Vietnam (who we fought a horrific war with), but now Cuba, who we invaded in the JFK reign, but not since. Washington should give it up and help give the Cubans some more modern technology.
Alpha 1 From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR: Reply 8, posted (12 years 2 months 2 weeks 4 days 17 hours ago) and read 612 times:
I was recently talking with two of CO's flight deck crew who were doing that charter for about a month. It's a charter sanctioned by both governments to let relatives visit each other. It's been using a 738, and it's been packed. The fare is something like $749 roundtrip, USD, and it's a huge money-maker for CO.
Chepos From Puerto Rico, joined Dec 2000, 5966 posts, RR: 12 Reply 11, posted (12 years 2 months 2 weeks 4 days 14 hours ago) and read 582 times:
If the embargo ever goes away you will see airlines from the US running to Cuba , But I dont imagine a Cubana plane in the US . By the way Copa operates a daily Panama City-Havana and back flight that has nothing to do with Continental . The Continental flight is a charter flight that has nothing to do with Copa operations.
JetsetTX From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR: Reply 12, posted (12 years 2 months 2 weeks 4 days 8 hours ago) and read 559 times:
Yes, you are right... Copa does have daily service from PTY to HAV. CO is not permitted to codeshare on it; however, I wouldn't exactly say CO has nothing to do with it. CO owns 49% of CM. We codeshare with CM on all other flights but are not allowed to due to the antiquated and useless embargo. It's time for the embargo to go and I believe within the next 10 years it will go.
PHLFlyer From United States of America, joined Feb 2001, 851 posts, RR: 0 Reply 13, posted (12 years 2 months 2 weeks 3 days 15 hours ago) and read 531 times:
The US Govt. allows charter flights I believe from MIA and JFK to HAV. US residents and citizens can visit family members in Cuba once a year I believe. There was a thread that talked about this maybe in trip reports, concering a UA 777 in HAV.
Mx727 From Mexico, joined Feb 2001, 122 posts, RR: 0 Reply 14, posted (12 years 2 months 2 weeks 3 days 5 hours ago) and read 512 times:
Mexicana has been flying charters from Miami to Cuba since some years ago. First they were via Cancun or Nassau, and since 1998 they were direct flights. Destinations are La Habana, Holguin and Camaguey.
JetsetTX From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR: Reply 15, posted (12 years 2 months 2 weeks 1 day 19 hours ago) and read 493 times:
Actually MX, I was checking out the Mexicana website and thsi direct flight you mentioned from MIA-HAV is not shown. Is it a charter? It must be as the US does not permit scheduled service from the US to HAV.