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Re: Cubana Fleet - News and Discussion Thread

Fri Dec 03, 2021 4:29 pm

Recent pictures from Havana have shown one of the TU-204Fs with both engines reattached.
Getting ready for a ferry flight back to Russia for MX?
Still no sign of CU-T1702.
 
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Re: Cubana Fleet - News and Discussion Thread

Sun Dec 26, 2021 8:24 pm

Happy Christmas fellow Cubana fans!

CU-T1547 ATR 72- 212A has emerged from the maintenance facility at HAV in the latest colour scheme minus its engines. Hopefully it won’t be too long before she’s back in the air joining sistership 1548.
 
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Re: Cubana Fleet - News and Discussion Thread

Fri Jan 07, 2022 1:43 pm

mark1484 wrote:
Only one IL96 flying for Cubana recently, CU-T1250.

Rumours that one, possibly two ATRs are being brought back to service - CU-T1547 & 1548.

No sign yet of the TU-204 which went to Russia in July 19. Is supposed to have had its MX and is in the paint shop, again this is a rumour.

No sign of the AN158 fleet returning.

I really hope they can bring some of their fleet back on line for 2022.


So it seems their Tu-204 never made it to Russia:
https://aviation-safety.net/wikibase/226736
The plane suffered a loss of navigation systems above the North Atlantic. Flew back to HAV.
 
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Re: Cubana Fleet - News and Discussion Thread

Fri Jan 07, 2022 8:54 pm

SR380 wrote:
mark1484 wrote:
Only one IL96 flying for Cubana recently, CU-T1250.

Rumours that one, possibly two ATRs are being brought back to service - CU-T1547 & 1548.

No sign yet of the TU-204 which went to Russia in July 19. Is supposed to have had its MX and is in the paint shop, again this is a rumour.

No sign of the AN158 fleet returning.

I really hope they can bring some of their fleet back on line for 2022.


So it seems their Tu-204 never made it to Russia:
https://aviation-safety.net/wikibase/226736
The plane suffered a loss of navigation systems above the North Atlantic. Flew back to HAV.



That did happen, but it took off a couple of days later and made it to Russia. There are photos of it transiting through Shannon in July 19.
Sadly no photos whilst in Russia, rumour is that the Cubans cannot afford the repair bill. Flightradar24 showed it over Russia.
 
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Re: Cubana Fleet - News and Discussion Thread

Sat Jan 08, 2022 3:48 pm

mark1484 wrote:
SR380 wrote:
mark1484 wrote:
Only one IL96 flying for Cubana recently, CU-T1250.

Rumours that one, possibly two ATRs are being brought back to service - CU-T1547 & 1548.

No sign yet of the TU-204 which went to Russia in July 19. Is supposed to have had its MX and is in the paint shop, again this is a rumour.

No sign of the AN158 fleet returning.

I really hope they can bring some of their fleet back on line for 2022.


So it seems their Tu-204 never made it to Russia:
https://aviation-safety.net/wikibase/226736
The plane suffered a loss of navigation systems above the North Atlantic. Flew back to HAV.



That did happen, but it took off a couple of days later and made it to Russia. There are photos of it transiting through Shannon in July 19.
Sadly no photos whilst in Russia, rumour is that the Cubans cannot afford the repair bill. Flightradar24 showed it over Russia.


Even if I understand this is not a regular airline I can't imagine them flying a Tu-204 that has been for years on the ground across the Atlantic if they didn't have the money in the first place. But I might be wrong though
 
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Re: Cubana Fleet - News and Discussion Thread

Sun Jan 09, 2022 7:43 am

It’s transited through Shannon via Gander on 3/7/19.
Some great pictures on Flickr of it landing at Shannon.
 
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Re: Cubana Fleet - News and Discussion Thread

Mon Jan 10, 2022 3:10 am

Cubana has modified the days and times of its HAV - EZE - HAV, which AFAIK is the only long haul Cubana has in regular operation these days. The flight will operate on Mondays and it's a daytime flight back from Argentina to Cuba. The return leg includes a stop at Cayo Coco Jardines del Rey, where most passengers get off as most if not all are Argentinian tourists on vacation. Effective 10JAN22.

CU360 HAV 01:55 EZE 12:55 1 JET
CU361 EZE 14:55 CCC 21:40 - 23:40 HAV 00:30+1 (vía Cayo Coco) 1 JET

https://twitter.com/SpottersArg/status/ ... 1318638599

To be confirmed is the equipment as it appears Spain's Plus Ultra will be operating the flight with their A340s. FR24 already shows an A340 as the operating equipment.

Of course. this begs the question, what is going on with the ILs? CUT-1250 seemed to be the only one operational until last week...
 
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Re: Cubana Fleet - News and Discussion Thread

Tue Jan 11, 2022 3:06 am

dcajet wrote:
Cubana has modified the days and times of its HAV - EZE - HAV, which AFAIK is the only long haul Cubana has in regular operation these days. The flight will operate on Mondays and it's a daytime flight back from Argentina to Cuba. The return leg includes a stop at Cayo Coco Jardines del Rey, where most passengers get off as most if not all are Argentinian tourists on vacation. Effective 10JAN22.

CU360 HAV 01:55 EZE 12:55 1 JET
CU361 EZE 14:55 CCC 21:40 - 23:40 HAV 00:30+1 (vía Cayo Coco) 1 JET

https://twitter.com/SpottersArg/status/ ... 1318638599

To be confirmed is the equipment as it appears Spain's Plus Ultra will be operating the flight with their A340s. FR24 already shows an A340 as the operating equipment.

Of course. this begs the question, what is going on with the ILs? CUT-1250 seemed to be the only one operational until last week...


So Plus Ultra of Spain is once again operating for Cubana. Today's HAV-EZE flight was operated by A343X EC-MQM, carrying a paltry load of 45 passengers. Lets hope the return to Cuba had better loads.

https://twitter.com/SpottersArg/status/ ... 3492752390
 
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Re: Cubana Fleet - News and Discussion Thread

Tue Jan 11, 2022 1:22 pm

dcajet wrote:
Cubana has modified the days and times of its HAV - EZE - HAV, which AFAIK is the only long haul Cubana has in regular operation these days. The flight will operate on Mondays and it's a daytime flight back from Argentina to Cuba. The return leg includes a stop at Cayo Coco Jardines del Rey, where most passengers get off as most if not all are Argentinian tourists on vacation. Effective 10JAN22.

CU360 HAV 01:55 EZE 12:55 1 JET
CU361 EZE 14:55 CCC 21:40 - 23:40 HAV 00:30+1 (vía Cayo Coco) 1 JET

https://twitter.com/SpottersArg/status/ ... 1318638599

To be confirmed is the equipment as it appears Spain's Plus Ultra will be operating the flight with their A340s. FR24 already shows an A340 as the operating equipment.

Of course. this begs the question, what is going on with the ILs? CUT-1250 seemed to be the only one operational until last week...



The sole (active) IL96 - CU-T1250 has been spotted flying over Nicaragua. Not sure where to and from but at least she's still active.
 
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Re: Cubana Fleet - News and Discussion Thread

Tue Jan 11, 2022 2:06 pm

mark1484 wrote:
dcajet wrote:
Cubana has modified the days and times of its HAV - EZE - HAV, which AFAIK is the only long haul Cubana has in regular operation these days. The flight will operate on Mondays and it's a daytime flight back from Argentina to Cuba. The return leg includes a stop at Cayo Coco Jardines del Rey, where most passengers get off as most if not all are Argentinian tourists on vacation. Effective 10JAN22.

CU360 HAV 01:55 EZE 12:55 1 JET
CU361 EZE 14:55 CCC 21:40 - 23:40 HAV 00:30+1 (vía Cayo Coco) 1 JET

https://twitter.com/SpottersArg/status/ ... 1318638599

To be confirmed is the equipment as it appears Spain's Plus Ultra will be operating the flight with their A340s. FR24 already shows an A340 as the operating equipment.

Of course. this begs the question, what is going on with the ILs? CUT-1250 seemed to be the only one operational until last week...



The sole (active) IL96 - CU-T1250 has been spotted flying over Nicaragua. Not sure where to and from but at least she's still active.


Isn't CU-T1251 also active?It already went to Russia for heavy maintenance. It though Cu-T1250 and 51 were active while 1254 and 1717 were stored?
 
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Re: Cubana Fleet - News and Discussion Thread

Tue Jan 11, 2022 2:16 pm

CU-T1250 seems to have been flying off and on. CU-T1251 doesn't seem to have flown at all in the past 3 months.

My wife fancies a trip to the Caribbean. I would be so tempted to book a route there via MAD-HAV, but only if I could be guaranteed to get the Il-96, which seems unlikely even though it has flown that route in the last month.
 
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Re: Cubana Fleet - News and Discussion Thread

Tue Jan 11, 2022 7:41 pm

mark1484 wrote:
dcajet wrote:
Cubana has modified the days and times of its HAV - EZE - HAV, which AFAIK is the only long haul Cubana has in regular operation these days. The flight will operate on Mondays and it's a daytime flight back from Argentina to Cuba. The return leg includes a stop at Cayo Coco Jardines del Rey, where most passengers get off as most if not all are Argentinian tourists on vacation. Effective 10JAN22.

CU360 HAV 01:55 EZE 12:55 1 JET
CU361 EZE 14:55 CCC 21:40 - 23:40 HAV 00:30+1 (vía Cayo Coco) 1 JET

https://twitter.com/SpottersArg/status/ ... 1318638599

To be confirmed is the equipment as it appears Spain's Plus Ultra will be operating the flight with their A340s. FR24 already shows an A340 as the operating equipment.

Of course. this begs the question, what is going on with the ILs? CUT-1250 seemed to be the only one operational until last week...



The sole (active) IL96 - CU-T1250 has been spotted flying over Nicaragua. Not sure where to and from but at least she's still active.


But of course. It was taking the Cuban dictator to Nicaragua for the sham inauguration of dictator Ortega's fifth term in office.

So I guess Cubana's priority is to be at the service of the dictatorship. Kind of ironic that they are broke as a state but continue to throw good money after bad to charter foreign planes to cover regular routes.
 
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Re: Cubana Fleet - News and Discussion Thread

Sat Feb 12, 2022 10:51 am

Cubana 2022 Fleet Update.

Tracking the Cubana fleet is still quite a task but an enjoyable one nonetheless.

IL96s


CU-T1250 - ACTIVE. It had a rest from mid January to early February. Mainly working on routes around Central & South America plus the odd trip over to Russia.

CU-T1251 - INACTIVE. Not flown since September 2021. From recent pictures, it looks like it has having work on it's engine in Havana.

CU-T1254 - INACTIVE. Not flown since a test flight March 2019. Still in Havana parked with all engines attached and complete.

CU-T1717 - INACTIVE. Safe to say this one is being used for parts. Airframe apparently timed out. Parked in Havana.

TU204s

CU-T1700 - INACTIVE. Parked in Havana missing one engine.

CU-T1701 - INACTIVE. Parked in Havana missing both engines. Some sort of activity is taking place with her as doors are open airframe has been cleaned.

CU-T1702 - INACTIVE. Still in Russia. Recent social media posts say it's waiting to be painted.

CU-T1703 - INACTIVE. Parked in Havana. Both engines attached and covered. Some activity happening as doors have been opened and closed etc.

AN158s

Safe to say all are inactive. Some have both engines attached, some don't. It's hard to see the registrations on each frame from the photos I have come across to decide which is which. All are in a 'clean' condition which is worthy of note.

ATR42/72

CU-T1240 - ATR42. ACTIVE. Last tracked flight 28/01/2022. Mostly domestic and Central America flights.

CU-T1544 - ATR72. INACTIVE. Parked in Havana still in Aerocaribean colours with many parts missing.

CU-T1545 - ATR72. INACTIVE. Parked in Havana still in Aerocaribean colours with Cubana titles minus engines.

CU-T1547 - ATR72. ACTIVE. Heavy MX likely carried out last year and painted in latest colour scheme.

CU-T1548 - ATR72. ACIVE. Heavy MX likely carried out and painted in the latest colour scheme.

ZS-XZB - ATR72. ACTIVE. Leased from Solenta Aviation, South Africa.

There are a couple of other ATRs scattered in poor state around Havana but not 100% sure on the registrations.
 
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Re: Cubana Fleet - News and Discussion Thread

Sat Feb 12, 2022 11:48 am

ATRs are the single type that makes sense to them.
 
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Re: Cubana Fleet - News and Discussion Thread

Sat Feb 12, 2022 12:07 pm

Noshow wrote:
ATRs are the single type that makes sense to them.


Yes, a great little workhorse for their short haul routes. It makes sense that they have invested time and money in bringing a couple back online. They suit the livery too.

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