"According to the report, the carrier will create additional connections between Russia and Cuba and link Russia with other countries in Latin America and Caribbean countries via a new established hub in Havana. The head of the Ministry of Industry and Trade, Denis Manturov, said the traffic from Russia to Cuba is growing every year. In 2011, 80,000 Russian citizens visited the island. Russia currently does not have direct connections with most Latin American countries and passengers need make two or three transfers to travel there."
DeltaMD90 From United States of America, joined Apr 2008, 6605 posts, RR: 51 Reply 4, posted (1 year 1 month 4 days 18 hours ago) and read 782 times:
Quoting OB1504 (Reply 3): AA funnels passengers between Europe and Latin America via MIA.
I meant more of a concentrated funnel. It seems like it's gonna be a few Russian spokes on one end and a bunch of Latin American spokes on the other. Usually for hubs I see a good amount of spokes on both ends, not something so lopsided, if that makes sense
I second that! Ironic, too...on the same day I received my 1:400 Cubana Il-96 Gemini Jet.
Although I would be cautiously skeptical about seeing this come to fruition since it is still in the investigative stages and does not appear to be a sure thing, at the moment.
What would be the economic or logistical advantage to this new airline, versus Aeroflot and Cubana simply intensifying code-shares in and out of Havana? Or perhaps Aeroflot could make Havana a focus city to Latin America in exchange for discounted aircraft sales to Cubana? That would seem to make more sense to me, as it would give Aeroflot a footing into Latin America, provide Cubana with significantly-discounted aircraft, and boost Russian aircraft production.
flyingalex From Germany, joined Jul 2010, 1013 posts, RR: 0 Reply 8, posted (1 year 1 month 2 days 6 hours ago) and read 779 times:
Quoting DeltaMD90 (Reply 4): I meant more of a concentrated funnel. It seems like it's gonna be a few Russian spokes on one end and a bunch of Latin American spokes on the other. Usually for hubs I see a good amount of spokes on both ends, not something so lopsided, if that makes sense
How about Delta at NRT?
In any case, I think the second point of this new airline is to also provide additional connections between Cuba and Latin America - I would be very surprised if the new airline didn't have fifth freedom rights.
Oh, and don't forget that Cuba has scrapped its cumbersome system of exit visas for its citizens, so Cubans can now travel more freely too.
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Thomas_Jaeger From Switzerland, joined Apr 2002, 2335 posts, RR: 29 Reply 11, posted (1 year 1 month 1 day 20 hours ago) and read 781 times:
Quoting pvjin (Reply 10): Interesting idea, I hope it will go well, could offer a nice way to to Cuba and other Latin American countries from here Finland via Moscow.
Double connections would have a hard time there, I guess flying via MAD or other European gateways will be a lot more convenient for people travelling from HEL or other European cities. Obviously if the airline would be a Cuban carrier getting traffic rights between Cuba and Europe that would be well managed, that would be a different story, but Cuba is most probably a bit too far north except for connections to the Caribbean and Central, Northern Latin America.
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