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Is It Safer Flying Cubana From Or To Cuba?

Thu Feb 10, 2011 8:45 am

Hi All,

I may be going to Cuba in May 2011. I will be flying in to Havana from Cancun. I would like to try Cubana, but they use the Yak-42 aircraft. I am a bit cautious and scared of flying on this aircraft as it is one of the Soviet aircraft from yesterday, not to mention Cubana's track record.

Despite this, I would like to still try Cubana. My question is do you think it would be safer to fly Cubana CUN to HAV where the CUN mechanics have given it a check or vice versa HAV to CUN where Cubana operations are based?

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dazeflight
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RE: Is It Safer Flying Cubana From Or To Cuba?

Thu Feb 10, 2011 11:48 am

To be honest, if the sole fact that this is "a soviet aircraft from yesterday" scares you away, you should rather not fly Cubana at all. If you want to try them out, I see no point in flying with their Airbus' planes inherited and/or leased from other companies opposed to a true Cubana-plane.

The mechanics at CUN will most likely not check the plane anyway, btw.
 
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RE: Is It Safer Flying Cubana From Or To Cuba?

Thu Feb 10, 2011 11:59 am

There is no indication that the Yak42 is part of the hell.

As an aviation enthusiast, I would fly it both ways. As a families father, I'd take the TACA leased A320s.
 
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RE: Is It Safer Flying Cubana From Or To Cuba?

Thu Feb 10, 2011 12:10 pm

I would avoid flying a Yak-42, but only because it's SO noisy.

I'm still sure that there's a higher chance to be killed on the taxi to the airport than on the flight itself.
 
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RE: Is It Safer Flying Cubana From Or To Cuba?

Thu Feb 10, 2011 12:22 pm

I ve flown on CU Il9 and Il6 a few month ago, on TU5 and AN4 a long time ago and I m still alive. I think there is no safety problems with CU. They need to bring tourists for their national economy and I think they neet a safe fleet to avoid bad reputation. Y42 is a great aircraft to fly but I must tell you that they could change the type at the very last minute (320, IL6, T20)
 
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RE: Is It Safer Flying Cubana From Or To Cuba?

Thu Feb 10, 2011 6:45 pm

While the Yak-42 might be novelty to fly, the facts are that air safety in Cuba and ex Soviet models is not the best.
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RE: Is It Safer Flying Cubana From Or To Cuba?

Fri Feb 11, 2011 6:27 pm

Quoting JJJ (Reply 3):
I would avoid flying a Yak-42, but only because it's SO noisy.

It's not that bad actually, certainly no worse than a MD-80.

I've had half a dozen flights in the type and experienced no problems, it's a fun little aircraft and what's more it's not that old. Most of Cubana's are just over 20 years, but in terms of cycles the aircraft are very low and have a lot of life in them.


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RE: Is It Safer Flying Cubana From Or To Cuba?

Sat Feb 12, 2011 5:37 am

My two cents as there is probably no one else in this forum that knows more about airlines and aircraft than you:

I would never question the Cubana engineers or maintenance, they are probably some of the best in the planet, but I would question their budget available for the past 2 years, given the measures Raúl has been taking for a while now, so in truth, I would avoid Cubana altogether.

They had a recent crash, for which I admit I know nothing about, but it was recent on a western aircraft and apparrently, and I say this with caution, appparently, mechanical failure had something to do with it.

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RE: Is It Safer Flying Cubana From Or To Cuba?

Sat Feb 12, 2011 7:15 am

Arrrrghhhhhh!!

So many mixed opinions!

But no one has really answered my question?

Should I go Aeromexico CUN to HAV? Or Aeromexico on the way back. I am now thinking on the way there?
 
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RE: Is It Safer Flying Cubana From Or To Cuba?

Sat Feb 12, 2011 8:15 am

Quoting PlymSpotter (Reply 6):
Quoting JJJ (Reply 3):
I would avoid flying a Yak-42, but only because it's SO noisy.

It's not that bad actually, certainly no worse than a MD-80.

The MD-80 is not that bad actually, certainly no worse than a DC-9 
 
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RE: Is It Safer Flying Cubana From Or To Cuba?

Sat Feb 12, 2011 8:49 am

My choice would be, one way on CU (for the sake of flying a Cuban aircraft, YK4 or whatever type) and AM on the way back; this way you'll experience 'both worlds'...
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RE: Is It Safer Flying Cubana From Or To Cuba?

Sat Feb 12, 2011 2:17 pm

Quoting dazeflight (Reply 1):
The mechanics at CUN will most likely not check the plane anyway, btw.

Why would they? The flight crew does a walk-around, and contacts MX if something is wrong. There isn't any reason for MX to do a meet and greet for every flight. That's how our airline does it...even at the hubs. MX comes out during the turns if they are needed. R.O.N. aircraft is a different story though, there are typically MX packages assigned (daily checks, weekly checks, etc.).
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RE: Is It Safer Flying Cubana From Or To Cuba?

Sat Feb 12, 2011 3:30 pm

Quoting AA7295 (Reply 8):
Should I go Aeromexico CUN to HAV? Or Aeromexico on the way back. I am now thinking on the way there?


If you mean safety, as in likely to get killed, then it is a crap-shoot either way. No more likely one way than the other.

If you mean safety, as in delays or cancellations, then it is best to stick with the carrier's own "turf" as they have more options to help the passenger. In that respect, it would be best to fly AM CUN-HAV and CU HAV-CUN.
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RE: Is It Safer Flying Cubana From Or To Cuba?

Tue Feb 15, 2011 10:06 pm

Id take Cubana you would have to be extremely unlucky to have any kind of incident. In fact any incidents I have had over the years have been on newish A or B aircraft !

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