sibille From Belgium, joined Jun 2005, 464 posts, RR: 3 Posted (9 months 3 weeks 1 day 10 hours ago) and read 15668 times:
According aviaport.ru, Cubana will receive two Tu-204SM, three Il-96-400 (converted from cargo to fit 350 passengers) and three An-158 (already ordered).
Maybe a second chance for the Tu-204SM after the Red Wings problems and a second chance for the Il-96-400 passengers...........
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Russia partially write off the debt of Cuba in the $ 30 billion, and Havana continue purchasing Russian aircraft
Russia is close to completing negotiations on the settlement of long-term debt outstanding Soviet debtor - Cuba. Debt is estimated at $ 30 billion, part of the sum will be written off, but Cuba will buy Russian Tu-204SM - on Russian loans and under the guarantees.
Russia will write off part of Cuba's Soviet debt and restructure the rest for 10 years. The total amount of debt - $ 30 billion in addition, "Ilyushin Finance" will take loans from Russian banks to provide financial leasing aircraft to Cuba. The relevant agreements were signed on Thursday in Havana after meeting Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev and Raul Castro. To determine the amounts written off and refinanced debt was planned before September of this year, said the head of Industry and Trade of Russia Denis Manturov.
Negotiations to settle the Cuban debt stalled in the mid-2000s. Moscow then evaluated the debt at $ 16-25 billion, and the debt is not recognized Havana. As a result, in 2006 Russia's Finance Ministry said the talks are postponed indefinitely. Then during a visit to Cuba by Prime Minister Mikhail Fradkov Havana gave another loan of $ 350 million, and the debt - $ 160 million - was allowed to pay for 10 years with a grace period of four years.
Cuba - the largest debtor Russia since Soviet times. In the 2000s, Moscow forgave debts of several countries, including Iraq, Libya, Mongolia, Syria, Afghanistan.
In addition, Russia is modernizing fleet Cuba and give her including Tu-204SM, have yet to complete testing and certification. Previously, Cuba had already purchased three An-158, another three signed an option: these ships will be commissioned in March, June and August. Agreement on financial leasing, will deliver three Il-96-400 in the build up to 350 seats. They will be remade from the cargo version, explained Manturov. Under the delivery of planes "Ilyushin Finance" under the state guarantees of the Russian government will take the credit in Russian banks, which the Cuban side will repay over 10 years. The air fleet of the airline Cubana de Aviacion has also added two Tu-204SM. In addition, Havana buy parts for the maintenance of existing aircraft in service.
The total value of the contracts for the supply of Russian planes to Cuba - about $ 650 million
Now Cubana de Aviacion fleet consists of 12 passenger aircraft, including two Il-96-300 and two Tu-204-100E. IL-96-300 were purchased in 2004 for $ 110 million and 85% was financed by a loan Roseximbank.
Medvedev's visit to Havana began with a traditional foreign leaders laying wreaths at the monument to the revolution hero Jose Marti. The talks were held in a palace revolution (the Russian delegation admitted they feel the spirit of Soviet times).
Foreign leaders come to Cuba is not often, except for treatment with cancer of the Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez.
At the signing ceremony Castro tried to show special favor to Moscow. "Hello, comrades," - he said to the audience before the signing ceremony. It looks like he just remembered this phrase: goodbye to Cuban leader also said hello to all.
SpaceshipDC10 From Canada, joined Jan 2013, 1118 posts, RR: 2 Reply 2, posted (9 months 3 weeks 1 day 10 hours ago) and read 15592 times:
Quoting PHX787 (Reply 1): converted FROM Cargo? I've never heard of this happening in my entire life.
I've read that the last two DC-10 built were freighter for FedEx, but since the company canceled the order for these two, they were converted to PAX and sold to BG and WG. Note sure if they were complete when the order was canceled. This could be a precedent.
TWA772LR From United States of America, joined Nov 2011, 942 posts, RR: 1 Reply 5, posted (9 months 3 weeks 1 day 8 hours ago) and read 15212 times:
How about any orders for the SSJ? Seems like it would be perfect for intra-carribean flights and to northern South America. Even to the US if the embargo ever gets lifted! But it really is nice to see more orders for more Russian jets.
Quoting Bureaucromancer (Reply 4): Aren't the windows on even factory cargo aircraft generally just plugged to avoid having redesign the fuse without frames for them?
No. You can tell new cargo aircraft have a seamless fuselage. Like factory made MD11s and even new 777Fs. You can tell they are conversions when the windows are plugged, which you can se on some FX planes.
TC957 From UK - England, joined May 2012, 528 posts, RR: 0 Reply 11, posted (9 months 3 weeks 1 day ago) and read 13794 times:
I'm wondering if the IL96-400 will have the range to do HAV - MAD/CDG/LGW direct, let alone HAV - SVO.
Agree that the SSJ100 should have been a useful addition to their domestic and local Caribbean services.
ajhYXE From Canada, joined May 2011, 60 posts, RR: 0 Reply 17, posted (9 months 3 weeks 22 hours ago) and read 11916 times:
Quoting PHX787 (Reply 8): Well obviously it's more complicated than that
Many early 747 operators chose to modify their aircraft by adding windows to the upper deck. However I would imagine adding windows down the entire length of the passenger compartment and the need to install additional doors may complicate the process considerably.
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Newark727 From United States of America, joined Dec 2009, 1270 posts, RR: 0 Reply 20, posted (9 months 3 weeks 18 hours ago) and read 9392 times:
Turning a cargo aircraft into a passenger one is unusual but not completely unprecedented, there are the 747-400 combis being turned into full passenger configuration and various high-wing military transports carrying rows of seats at least on a temporary basis. Though it could also mean converting the Il-96-400 cargo design into a passenger aircraft, right? One other thing is that as far as I'm aware all Il-96-400s currently built are already flying for Polet Airlines, so presumably they would have some level of input upon this whole process.
Polot From United States of America, joined Jul 2011, 1873 posts, RR: 0 Reply 21, posted (9 months 3 weeks 18 hours ago) and read 9167 times:
Quoting TWA772LR (Reply 5): How about any orders for the SSJ? Seems like it would be perfect for intra-carribean flights and to northern South America. Even to the US if the embargo ever gets lifted! But it really is nice to see more orders for more Russian jets.
Quoting TC957 (Reply 11): Agree that the SSJ100 should have been a useful addition to their domestic and local Caribbean services.
The Superjet has a lot of western technology in it, including things from US suppliers such as Honeywell, BE Aerospace, and Hamilton Sundstrand. Other western suppliers such as Thales and Snecma also might not be comfortable with Cubana getting the SSJ if it causes issues with their US operations.