Airliner777 From United States of America, joined May 2000, 493 posts, RR: 0 Posted (5 years 2 months 4 weeks 12 hours ago) and read 3221 times:
Browsing through the internet today I found this particular flight. Now, I am wondering if this is a new delivery for Cubana/Aerogaviota from Aerospatiale or an aircraft that flew "across the pond" for a Heavy Check?
MIgAiR54 From Spain, joined Jun 2007, 1419 posts, RR: 0 Reply 2, posted (5 years 2 months 4 weeks 8 hours ago) and read 3043 times:
This airplane in not for Cubana.
Cubana 1550 is an ATR42-300 reg. CU-T1550, flying for Aerocaribbean but using a Cubana flight number, like when we fly to Nassau, CU250 or to Cancun. We use CU# because is easier to have all the documents.
I have flown that aircraft many times is 1 of our ATR42-300 others are CU-T1509 and CU-T1512. we also fly ATR72-200 and Aerogaviota has 3 ATR42-500.
This airplane is flying from Toulose, but we used to fly via South America. Usually, Caracas, Cayenne, Fortaleza, Cape Verda, Lanzarote and Toulose. It has been discused many times because north route is shorter but eastbound is more complicated because the winds.
Sometimes we have heavy checks in Montreal, Colombia or Manaus. Last heavy check, CU-T1512 was done in Montreal.
Airliner777 From United States of America, joined May 2000, 493 posts, RR: 0 Reply 3, posted (5 years 2 months 4 weeks 8 hours ago) and read 2982 times:
Thanks for the very useful information "MIgAiR54". By the way, is Gaviota painting some of their aircrafts in full Cubana colors? I saw on TV the other day CU-T1240 and it was all Cubana scheme. It looked really nice. Any -72s for Gaviota anytime soon?
By the way, do you happen to know the full route across the North Atlantic for these ATRs?
MIgAiR54 From Spain, joined Jun 2007, 1419 posts, RR: 0 Reply 4, posted (5 years 2 months 4 weeks 6 hours ago) and read 2887 times:
Quoting Airliner777 (Reply 3): is Gaviota painting some of their aircrafts in full Cubana colors?
No, one of them is wearing Cubana colors, mainly use for VIP transport with the Cuban Goverment, Aerogaviota belongs to the Cuban Air Force, they are militars, so I think that VIP must be Military personnel. It´s based in Playa Baracoa, but I saw them many times in Holguin and Santa Clara.
The route across the atlantic is made by ATR, because they guarantee full service during the route, but it should be Toulouse-Glasgow or Edimburg, Keflavik, Gander, Havana. Fuel it´s been checking all the time and route can change. Remember that cuban Airlines can´t use any USA airport.
Aerocaribbean is planning to buy some new 72, but now they are waiting to see what happen with the new ATR72-600. Also due to the blockade service is worst and worst, many components are from the USA. So maybe they could change this ATR for any Russian or Chinese plane.
MIgAiR54 From Spain, joined Jun 2007, 1419 posts, RR: 0 Reply 9, posted (5 years 2 months 3 weeks 6 days 16 hours ago) and read 2560 times:
Quoting FCKC (Reply 8): Dinard-KEF.Not sure the work has been made in TLS.
yes, sorry but i forgot, this plane was flown to Dinard. My mistake.
Aerocaribbean has used, Toulouse, Napoles, Manaus, Montreal, Medellin and Dinard for heavy checks. And now ATR72-200 CU-T1548 is going to be done in Havana, like CU-T1547 was done.
It´s going to be done inside Cubana big hangar between terminal 3 and 5. And future ones will be done in Terminal 1 in the former Cubana small hangar, that now will be used by Aerocaribbean and a Spanish partner.
Quoting SIBILLE (Reply 7): MA-6O are also expected in the Cubana fleet. I think (as it's the "same" aircraft), they'll replace the An-24.
An-148 will replace Yak-42.
It could be. But the idea is that Cubana retire all regional planes, and leave this market for Aerocaribbean and its ATR´s. Cubana will cover medium and long flights with the new Tu-204, IL-96 and some A-320 leased to TACA. But now they decide to buy some AN-148 to replace their YAK-42 fleet.