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Continental Airlines In Cuba?

Mon Jan 02, 2006 9:14 am

I just came upon the following photo on the database:


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I thought U.S. airlines were not allowed to enter Cuban Airspace, let alone land in their airports?

There are three more photos of a CO 737 in Havana in the database.
 
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RE: Continental Airlines In Cuba?

Mon Jan 02, 2006 9:15 am

Quoting N484ER (Thread starter):
I thought U.S. airlines were not allowed to enter Cuban Airspace, let alone land in their airports?

They are allowed. It is not regular scheduled service but rather charter flights. Other airlines also do it. Of course, you pay premium for such flights and they are highly restricted.
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RE: Continental Airlines In Cuba?

Mon Jan 02, 2006 9:19 am

Yeah, they are non scheduled flights, and there are actually a great number of flights USA-Cuba, all non-scheduled flights. American Eagle, Delta, Continental, AA, all show up from time to time. Gulfstream shows up daily on Flytecomm arrivals.
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RE: Continental Airlines In Cuba?

Mon Jan 02, 2006 9:22 am

Airlines such as AA, AA Eagle, CO, DL, United all operate regularly scheduled charter flights to Cuba, even having used equipment as large as 777/747s.

In addition just about every US airline serving SoutH America overflies Cuban airspace enroute. Fidel is more then happy to get the overflight fees.
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RE: Continental Airlines In Cuba?

Mon Jan 02, 2006 9:25 am

Where do these charter flights depart from? Who is onboard? Just regular passangers willing to pay more for the premium flights?

Quoting Laxintl (Reply 3):
Fidel is more then happy to get the overflight fees.

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RE: Continental Airlines In Cuba?

Mon Jan 02, 2006 9:35 am

Quoting N484ER (Reply 4):
Where do these charter flights depart from? Who is onboard? Just regular passangers willing to pay more for the premium flights?

I've been on one of the CO flights and in fact possibly on the exact plane pictured. (I think it was N70352, though it may have been 70353, which I'm too lazy to see if it's a valid CO registration.) We flew from Miami; I'm not sure which other American cities have direct service to Cuba.

I was part of a group bringing medical supplies to an affiliated church in Cuba. We had to get a Treasury Dept. certificate to be able to board the plane, the issuance of which I understand is much more tightly regulated since I went. If I recall correctly, it's not illegal for Americans to travel to Cuba per se, but it is for them to spend money there without government permission. Plus there was a limit on the value of Cuban goods we could bring back -- $100 or $120, I think it was.

Quoting MiCorazonAzul (Reply 1):
Of course, you pay premium for such flights and they are highly restricted.

Highly restricted, yes. I don't recall the flight being absurdly expensive though. Maybe $180 each way a couple years ago? I've paid that to fly Southwest between Austin and Dallas; Miami to Havana can't be too much shorter and, well, there's a somewhat smaller body of potential passengers. As a side note, the trip down was on one of the cleanest and emptiest planes I've ever been one.

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RE: Continental Airlines In Cuba?

Mon Jan 02, 2006 9:47 am

Quoting Laxintl (Reply 3):
In addition just about every US airline serving SoutH America overflies Cuban airspace enroute. Fidel is more then happy to get the overflight fees.

When i fly down to EYW I used to love to listen to Havana Center on the backup radio.
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RE: Continental Airlines In Cuba?

Mon Jan 02, 2006 10:26 am

Quoting N484ER (Reply 4):
Where do these charter flights depart from? Who is onboard? Just regular passangers willing to pay more for the premium flights?

Miami, Ft. Lauderdale.... All VFR


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RE: Continental Airlines In Cuba?

Mon Jan 02, 2006 10:59 am

I flew MIA-HAV-MIA three years ago on CO charter flight with a friend of mine whose company has a license and I'm a Norwegian citizen. The airfare was $299 + taxes and fees. It was so strange going from the worlds riches country to comu Cuba in only 45min. Two different worlds so close... Havana was great! I hope you all get a chance to go there. We stayed in the old Hilton hotel, now Havana libre with an amazing view of Havana.

My friend has to go there around once a month for business, and yes a/c's as big as 777's have been used. As a matter of fact, he was onboard the first 777 that ever landed in HAV (Flown by American Airlines). Now they use Beach 1900's for the leg due to more restrictions, what a difference!

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RE: Continental Airlines In Cuba?

Mon Jan 02, 2006 11:06 am

Quoting WF2BNN (Reply 8):
I flew MIA-HAV-MIA three years ago on CO charter flight with a friend of mine whose company has a license and I'm a Norwegian citizen. The airfare was $299 + taxes and fees. It was so strange going from the worlds riches country to comu Cuba in only 45min. Two different worlds so close... Havana was great! I hope you all get a chance to go there. We stayed in the old Hilton hotel, now Havana libre with an amazing view of Havana.

My friend has to go there around once a month for business, and yes a/c's as big as 777's have been used. As a matter of fact, he was onboard the first 777 that ever landed in HAV (Flown by American Airlines). Now they use Beach 1900's for the leg due to more restrictions, what a difference!

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As I live in SW florida not that far from Cuba I had a number of friends in highschool who used to make almost weekly trips down there. They loved it.

Quoting Kahala777 (Reply 7):
Miami, Ft. Lauderdale.... All VFR

You're wrong they aren't VFR
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RE: Continental Airlines In Cuba?

Mon Jan 02, 2006 11:10 am

Quoting MiCorazonAzul (Reply 1):
Of course, you pay premium for such flights and they are highly restricted.

No, you don't pay a premium. The fares are set by the US government. I believe it is currently $330 round-trip, regardless of class of service. A friend of mine flew CO to Camaguey two years ago and flew in First for $280 r/t.


Quoting APFPilot1985 (Reply 9):

Quoting Kahala777 (Reply 7):
Miami, Ft. Lauderdale.... All VFR

You're wrong they aren't VFR

Then who are they? The flights are majority filled by VFR. Cuban Americans are allowed to return to Cuba once every two years to visit direct family (uncles, grandparents, parents, etc.; but not second cousins).
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RE: Continental Airlines In Cuba?

Mon Jan 02, 2006 11:14 am

I remember flying to Grand Cayman from EWR, we flew right over Cuba. Nothing special about it, just flew right past.

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RE: Continental Airlines In Cuba?

Mon Jan 02, 2006 11:19 am

Quoting MAH4546 (Reply 10):
Then who are they? The flights are majority filled by VFR. Cuban Americans are allowed to return to Cuba once every two years to visit direct family (uncles, grandparents, parents, etc.; but not second cousins).

I think we aren't on the same page here. VFR means visual flight rules. I don't have any clue what that has to do with Cuban Americans.
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RE: Continental Airlines In Cuba?

Mon Jan 02, 2006 11:27 am

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RE: Continental Airlines In Cuba?

Mon Jan 02, 2006 11:31 am

Quoting Mbm3 (Reply 13):
Visit
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Gotcha I was thinking regs wise and not passenger data wise.

Even if thats the case they still aren't VFR, I know number of people who have gone down their for educational and humanitarian reasons. My old University had an exchange program with the university of havana.

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RE: Continental Airlines In Cuba?

Mon Jan 02, 2006 11:33 am

The US-Cuba market is quite a busy one. Just in the last 24 hours I can count 19 flight between Miami and Havana having been operated by American, Falcon Air and Gulfstream. AA Eagle had 2 flights to Cienfuegos from MIA.

In addition I know regular flights are operated from LAX, JFK/EWR. The LAX ones being flown by TACA.
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RE: Continental Airlines In Cuba?

Mon Jan 02, 2006 11:57 am

Quoting Laxintl (Reply 15):
In addition I know regular flights are operated from LAX, JFK/EWR. The LAX ones being flown by TACA.

None from EWR. Only LAX, JFK, and MIA are allowed to have Cuba flights. I know a few airports, including FLL and ATL, have unsuccessfully tried to be designated US-Cuba gateways. That is why CO's Cuba charters launched with JFK-HAV rather than EWR-HAV.

There are Cuba flights from other airports, but they are required to stop at JFK, MIA, or LAX on the way to Cuba.
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RE: Continental Airlines In Cuba?

Mon Jan 02, 2006 12:11 pm

Quoting Laxintl (Reply 3):
Fidel is more then happy to get the overflight fees.

I thought Americans were not allowed to spend money in Cuba. Oh well, I guess there are exceptions to every rule... unless they use a Swiss bank as a middle man.

Quoting MAH4546 (Reply 10):
The fares are set by the US government.

I thought they got rid of that about 25 years ago..

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RE: Continental Airlines In Cuba?

Mon Jan 02, 2006 12:24 pm

Quoting Levg79 (Reply 17):
unless they use a Swiss bank as a middle man.

Actually a Panama bank instead.
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RE: Continental Airlines In Cuba?

Mon Jan 02, 2006 12:43 pm

I got the chance in February 2002 to fly on a Delta 737-800 charter flight from JFK to HAV.

I got to see the Continental 737-700 at HAV both times that I was at the airport leaving and coming into Havana. The flight had come and left for MIA.


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RE: Continental Airlines In Cuba?

Mon Jan 02, 2006 12:57 pm

Doesnt LAB (Bolivian flag carrier) do they charters too?
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RE: Continental Airlines In Cuba?

Mon Jan 02, 2006 1:04 pm

Quoting APFPilot1985 (Reply 12):
I think we aren't on the same page here. VFR means visual flight rules. I don't have any clue what that has to do with Cuban Americans.

No I think all flights into Cuba Airlines or General Aviation have to be IFR. All General Aviation flights to Cuba from the US need to be from MIA and IFR. So I would imagine that Airlines have to fly IFR too. I never heard of an 121 airline flying VFR on any passenger flight anyway.
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RE: Continental Airlines In Cuba?

Mon Jan 02, 2006 1:06 pm

Quoting FlyMIA (Reply 22):
No I think all flights into Cuba Airlines or General Aviation have to be IFR. All General Aviation flights to Cuba from the US need to be from MIA and IFR. So I would imagine that Airlines have to fly IFR too. I never heard of an 121 airline flying VFR on any passenger flight anyway.

thats what i was saying
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RE: Continental Airlines In Cuba?

Mon Jan 02, 2006 1:14 pm

not weather VFR, VFR in this case, means visiting friends and relatives. It is used in a similar aspect as O&D.

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