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Taca Cubana? When Did This Happened?

Tue Jan 06, 2004 12:27 am

Sorry if you discussed this before, but I just saw this picture today and I didn't know Cubana was a part of Grupo TACA?
When did this happened?

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RE: Taca Cubana? When Did This Happened?

Tue Jan 06, 2004 12:33 am

As far as I know, Cubana is just leasing this plane from Taca.

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RE: Taca Cubana? When Did This Happened?

Tue Jan 06, 2004 12:47 am

As a side note, Taca does (or did) operate a small domestic operation in Cuba called "INTER", based on the same name as its Guatemalan subsidiary. I can't find pictures of their Caravan's in the database, but below is a press release that talks about it in more detail. I remember reading an article on INTER in The Wall Street Journal when it was first unveiled.

Press Release:
Grupo TACA Expands Intra-Central America Flight Operations Through
Its Regional Domestic Carriers
GUATEMALA CITY--(BUSINESS WIRE)--April 8, 1999--Grupo TACA has
increased its Intra-Central America flight operations by adding 61
additional destinations to its itinerary.
The increase in itinerary is made possible through more efficient
route planning and scheduling between its six regional domestic
carriers and the Grupo TACA jet operation. Grupo TACA's participating
regional carriers include: 1) SANSA of Costa Rica; 2) INTER of
Guatemala; 3) INTER of Cuba; 4) Islena Airlines of Honduras; 5) La
Costena of Nicaragua; 6) Aeroperlas of Panama.

"The domestic regional carriers provide our customers more frequent
travel options to a greater variety of destinations. In addition,
these operations provide Grupo TACA an excellent cost structure and
scheduling flexibility to continue feeding our jet operation," said
Mark Kuhns, Vice President Regional Airlines. "The regional carriers
scheduling coordination is an excellent example of how we continue to
implement our merger integration plans at Grupo TACA," said Ben
Baldanza, Chief Operating Officer.

"The coordination of schedules with the regional carriers will result
in important economic and social growth within the region," said
Claudia Arenas, Corporate Communication Director.

Travelers can now begin their trips from almost any city within the
U.S., South America or the Caribbean and end in any major Central
American destination. The regional airlines, whose itineraries are
incorporated into Grupo TACA's network of routes and connections,
serve the following destinations:

Costa Rica: San Jose, Quepos, Golfito, Coto 47, Puerto Jimenez,
Palmar Sur, Punta Islita, Nosara, Liberia, Tambor, Tamarindo, Barra
Colorado, and Tortuguero, Samara, Iortuna.

Guatemala: Puerto Barrios, Rio Dulce, Huehuetenango, Quetzaltenango,
Retalhuleu, Coban and Flores.

Honduras/Belize: Tegucigalpa, La Ceiba, San Pedro Sula, Roatan,
Guanaja, Trujillo, Brus Laguna, Ahuas, Puerto Lempira, Cauquira,
Palacios, Utila, Grand Cayman and Belize.

Nicaragua: Managua, Bluefields, Corn Island, San Carlos, Nueva
Guinea, Minas, Puerto Cabezas and Waspan.

Panama: Arachine, Bahia Pinas, Bocas del Toro, Cruce, David, Colon,
Contadora, Changinola, Chitre, El Real, Carchin, Jaque, La Palma,
Puerto Armuelles, Sambu, Santiago, San Blas, Tocumen y Panama.

Caribbean: La Habana, Varadero, Cayo Largo, Cayo Coco, Siquanea,
Trinidad, Gerona and The Cayman Islands.

Grupo TACA offers Executive Class service on its jet fleet as well as
the most extensive route structure and connections between North,
Central, South America and the Caribbean.

CONTACT: Grupo TACA, Guatemala City
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RE: Taca Cubana? When Did This Happened?

Tue Jan 06, 2004 12:49 am

Thank you very much for the info !
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RE: Taca Cubana? When Did This Happened?

Tue Jan 06, 2004 8:30 am

Cubana is not part of Grupo Taca. Cubana is leasing the planes.....a WET lease....Aircraft, crews and maintenance.

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