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Cubana Experiences, Particularly IL-62s

Thu Apr 05, 2001 7:23 pm

I'm based at LGW and over the past year I have seen on many occassions Cubana operating from/to Havana with IL-62s

Has anyone flown on one of these or on any other Cubana flights. I'd love to hear those stories, what was the service/flight like?
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RE: Cubana Experiences, Particularly IL-62s

Thu Apr 05, 2001 10:55 pm

I flew on a CU Il62 about 15 years ago from PTY-HAV... As far as I can remember it was noisy and not very confy... That plane lacked of bulkheads... yes, ant the f section was not in the fornt but in the middle!
Cant say much about in flight service... Guess it was average since I dont recall anything special.
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RE: Cubana Experiences, Particularly IL-62s

Fri Apr 06, 2001 11:27 am

Well, I took a Cubana flight from Nassau, Bahamas, to Havana, back in 1996, but it was on a smaller plane, I think. I don't recall what it was, think it was a Tupolev (any ideas?) - basically, it was a commie knock-off of a 727. Anyway, the flight was viciously late, as could be expected, and my mates and I spent a while in the airport bar knocking back cans of Kalik beer. Finally we got on, in a weird mad dash sort of scrum that passed for a boarding process, and we had seats in about the 8th or 9th row, I think. Anyway, one of my friends started smoking, but turned to a Cuban pilot or airline official who was deadheading or something in the row behind us and asked if it was the smoking section, to which the guy responded, "Well, it is now! HAHAHA!"

But all was not completely rosy; upon landing, my luggage never made it off the plane, or at least never made it to me. So don't check any luggage if at all possible. And if your'e in Havana and see a Cuban wearing a linen JCrew sportcoat, give him a beating for me!
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RE: Cubana Experiences, Particularly IL-62s

Fri Apr 06, 2001 12:10 pm

Ironminds you must be talking about the Tupolev 154
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RE: Cubana Experiences, Particularly IL-62s

Fri Apr 06, 2001 12:25 pm

Exactly! Thank you, PR!

By the way, that plane shook something fierce on takeoff and landing; I can only imagine the sort of maintanence they do down there. Was one of the few times I actually felt more then theoretically concerned about "making it"!

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