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AntonioMartin
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Cuba's "Freedom Flights..on what airlines were they?

Mon Jan 03, 2022 10:53 pm

Hi I just read on Wikipedia about the Freedom Flights between Cuba and the US between 1965 and 1973 but Wikipedia doesnt say which airlinescarried these special flights....

Does anyone know?

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Re: Cuba's "Freedom Flights..on what airlines were they???

Tue Jan 04, 2022 3:13 am

EAL flew some of them.
 
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Re: Cuba's "Freedom Flights..on what airlines were they???

Tue Jan 04, 2022 5:42 am

GalaxyFlyer wrote:
EAL flew some of them.

Interesting

I figure Pan Am and National too?

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Re: Cuba's "Freedom Flights..on what airlines were they???

Tue Jan 04, 2022 2:02 pm

PA, yes, I don’t think National.
 
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Re: Cuba's "Freedom Flights..on what airlines were they???

Tue Jan 04, 2022 6:35 pm

GalaxyFlyer wrote:
PA, yes, I don’t think National.


IIRC National operated some of the Peter Pan flights that flew unaccompanied minors out of Cuba, but I think that was a different program at a different point in time (1961-63).
 
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Re: Cuba's "Freedom Flights..on what airlines were they???

Tue Jan 04, 2022 11:17 pm

GalaxyFlyer wrote:
PA, yes, I don’t think National.

Yeah...i imagine some of the Florida based airlines since they figured, in the future at least some of the Cubans they carried would use them for other trips you know..also, well, since the Florida based airlines were, well..Florida based....
 
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Re: Cuba's "Freedom Flights..on what airlines were they???

Wed Jan 05, 2022 12:20 am

AntonioMartin wrote:
GalaxyFlyer wrote:
PA, yes, I don’t think National.

Yeah...i imagine some of the Florida based airlines since they figured, in the future at least some of the Cubans they carried would use them for other trips you know..also, well, since the Florida based airlines were, well..Florida based....


Not sure brand loyalty played a part here. Those poor Cubans were happy to leave on ANY airline.
 
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Re: Cuba's "Freedom Flights..on what airlines were they???

Wed Jan 05, 2022 12:51 am

AntonioMartin wrote:
GalaxyFlyer wrote:
PA, yes, I don’t think National.

Yeah...i imagine some of the Florida based airlines since they figured, in the future at least some of the Cubans they carried would use them for other trips you know..also, well, since the Florida based airlines were, well..Florida based....


Up until the end of the revolution, National flew to Cuba; TPA-HAV, MIA-HAV and even IDL-HAV nonstop. I’d be surprised therefore, if they weren’t used in moving people between the two countries.

Interesting that Eastern did fly to Cuba during this time. When HAV was a lucrative destination for PA and NA, for years, EA tried to gain rights, but were unsuccessful.
 
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Re: Cuba's "Freedom Flights..on what airlines were they???

Wed Jan 05, 2022 2:20 am

CrewBunk wrote:

Up until the end of the revolution, National flew to Cuba; TPA-HAV, MIA-HAV and even IDL-HAV nonstop. I’d be surprised therefore, if they weren’t used in moving people between the two countries.

Interesting that Eastern did fly to Cuba during this time. When HAV was a lucrative destination for PA and NA, for years, EA tried to gain rights, but were unsuccessful.


You left out the 'not' above (should read 'did not fly'), but your next sentence is correct. Delta and Braniff also served HAV in the 1950s. DL as a result of the Chicago and Southern merger in 1953, from New Orleans. Braniff also flew HAV-MIA, but were not allowed to carry local traffic on the route. Their flights either continued to/from Houston and Dallas (local MIA-Texas traffic was also prohibited), or to/from Washington and New York as an interchange service with Eastern.
 
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Re: Cuba's "Freedom Flights..on what airlines were they???

Wed Jan 05, 2022 11:03 am

dcajet wrote:
AntonioMartin wrote:
GalaxyFlyer wrote:
PA, yes, I don’t think National.

Yeah...i imagine some of the Florida based airlines since they figured, in the future at least some of the Cubans they carried would use them for other trips you know..also, well, since the Florida based airlines were, well..Florida based....


Not sure brand loyalty played a part here. Those poor Cubans were happy to leave on ANY airline.

Oh I bet...but for future reference to their kids and later grandkids...cause trust me, Hispanics do that...."x airline is a really good airline" cause i mean after all, at least some of those Cuban immigrants' children were going to have well paying jobs in Florida so....
 
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Re: Cuba's "Freedom Flights..on what airlines were they???

Wed Jan 05, 2022 8:02 pm

AntonioMartin wrote:
dcajet wrote:
AntonioMartin wrote:
Yeah...i imagine some of the Florida based airlines since they figured, in the future at least some of the Cubans they carried would use them for other trips you know..also, well, since the Florida based airlines were, well..Florida based....


Not sure brand loyalty played a part here. Those poor Cubans were happy to leave on ANY airline.

Oh I bet...but for future reference to their kids and later grandkids...cause trust me, Hispanics do that...."x airline is a really good airline" cause i mean after all, at least some of those Cuban immigrants' children were going to have well paying jobs in Florida so....


Well, in any case, it's a moot point. All the airlines we are talking about (Eastern, National and "la Pan American") are no longer of this world...
 
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Re: Cuba's "Freedom Flights..on what airlines were they???

Fri Jan 07, 2022 1:54 am

dcajet wrote:
AntonioMartin wrote:
dcajet wrote:

Not sure brand loyalty played a part here. Those poor Cubans were happy to leave on ANY airline.

Oh I bet...but for future reference to their kids and later grandkids...cause trust me, Hispanics do that...."x airline is a really good airline" cause i mean after all, at least some of those Cuban immigrants' children were going to have well paying jobs in Florida so....


Well, in any case, it's a moot point. All the airlines we are talking about (Eastern, National and "la Pan American") are no longer of this world...


Actually "La Eastern, La National and La Pan American"....lol I remember as a kid, talking about "La Delta, La Mexicana, la Iberia, La Eastern, la ALM, la American, la Viasa, la Capitol" etc etc... :D

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