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USA To Cuba

Fri Dec 15, 2000 3:08 am

If the US and Cuba ever normalize political relations, the opening of air service between the 2 nations will become a large international market. Until 1959, Pan Am flew to Cuba, and from what I understand, its authority, which MAY still be valid, has been passed along to UA when UA purchased the Pan Am South America authorities from the backruptcy. I also have read that many other airlines have filed applications to serve Havana if and when service between the 2 nations begins. Firstly, is what I stated above true, since I have no first-hand knowledge, just what I have read and heard over the years? And, which airlines do you see receiving authority to serve Cuba from the USA? Do you think each major airline will attempt to connect Havana to its US hubs, ie DL Havana to Atlanta/Dallas/etc. and CO Havana to EWR/Houston/etc.? Your thoughts?
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RE: USA To Cuba

Fri Dec 15, 2000 4:34 am

I would expect most major hubs, at least in the SE to serve Havana, in addition to massive charter service for vacationers! (But it won't happen till Fidel or Jesse Helms dies) :-P
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RE: USA To Cuba

Fri Dec 15, 2000 4:58 am

I saw on this website a picture of Continental 737 N14384 on the ramp in Cuba. Does someone has an idea what it was doing down there?!
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RE: USA To Cuba

Fri Dec 15, 2000 7:41 am

Maybe headed to Guantanamo to help soldiers (seamen) there

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RE: USA To Cuba

Fri Dec 15, 2000 8:05 am

Did it take the Baltimore Orioles down there?
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RE: USA To Cuba

Fri Dec 15, 2000 8:12 am

Are you sure it wasnt a COPA 737?
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RE: USA To Cuba

Fri Dec 15, 2000 8:39 am

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The date is September 2000 so I guess it wasn't the Orioles who played the Cuba team in Havanna in March 1999.
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RE: USA To Cuba

Fri Dec 15, 2000 8:46 am

I can see American Eagle flying to MIA and SJU. Continental to IAH and United to IAD(its the capitol). By the way i remember sometime in 1997 or 1998 or 1999 a UA 777 flew MIA-HAV for some reason, i think it was a political flight? So i assume they have powers on those routes from Pan Am.

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RE: USA To Cuba

Fri Dec 15, 2000 11:50 am


United will have the authority to fly scheduled airline service from Miami and New York if/when Fidel Castro dies and normal political relations are established with the U.S. United received Pan Am's dormant rights to fly: Miami-La Havana and New York-La Havana.
As a matter of fact, United is known to operate charters to Havana from Miami with 747s and 767s occasionaly.

Recently, The U.S. government allowed for direct Charter flights to be re-instated between the U.S. and Cuba. These flights can only been flown by Cuban Americans wishing to return to their place of birth and for special reasons. American citizens are still prohibited from traveling and spending money in Cuba. Therefore, Many Americans and Cuban Americans loop-hole the system by flying to Mexico and connecting at either Mexico City, Cancun or Merida with Mexicana, AeroCaribe or Cubana flights to Havana. Once in Havana, there is no problem as Cuban custom agents will not stamp your passport, if you just let them know. No questions asked! This is due to the fact that Cuba is in desperate need of cash and will do anything to attract tourist.

TACA has recently started a once a week service from Los Angeles and New York to Havana. While many American air carriers like: United, American and Continental can be seen in Cuban Airports because they are flying charters with Cuban American ex-pats returning to their homeland. That explains the reason why you find that Continental plane at Havana.

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