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Encyclopedia > Cubana de Aviación
Cubana de Aviacion Yakovlev Yak-42, registration CU-T 1243, at Cancun International Airport, Mexico, on October 12th 2003

Cubana de Aviación is Cuba's domestic and international airline. Its base is the Jose Marti International Airport in Havana. Cubana de Aviacion Yakovlev Yak-42 (CU-1243) at Cancun International, Mexico, on October 12th 2003. ... Cubana de Aviacion Yakovlev Yak-42 (CU-1243) at Cancun International, Mexico, on October 12th 2003. ... A Boeing 747-400 of Virgin Atlantic Airways, one of the UKs largest airlines. ... José Martí International Airport in Havana, Cuba, is Cubas main international and domestic getaway. ... Havana (Spanish: San Cristóbal de La Habana) is the capital of Cuba and, with a population of 2. ...

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Code Data

  • IATA Code: CU
  • ICAO Code: CUB
  • Callsign: Cubana

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History

Cubana traces its beginnings to 1929 when it started as Compañía Cubana Nacional de Aviación Curtiss, showing its association with the Curtiss plane-making company. In 1932, American airline Pan Am bought out Cubana, and the word Curtiss was omitted. Pan Am and Cubana continued their association until 1946, when the airline was taken over by Cuban interests and the word Nacional was dropped from the airline's name. That year, services to Miami were started using DC-3 airplanes. The Miami route, because of its political and economical significance, would later prove to be an important part of Cubana's history. In 1954, the air company became fully Cuban owned. 1929 was a common year starting on Tuesday (link will take you to calendar). ... Curtiss Aeroplane and Motor Company went public in 1916 with Glenn Curtiss as president. ... 1932 is a leap year starting on a Friday. ... Pan American World Airways (Pan Am) was the United States principal international airline from the 1930s until its collapse in 1991, and was credited with many innovations that shaped the international airline industry. ... 1946 was a common year starting on Tuesday. ... The Miami skyline, as it is seen from the northeast. ... Douglas DC-3 VH-AES at Avalon in 2003. ... 1954 was a common year starting on Friday (link will take you to calendar). ...


When Fidel Castro came into power, the airline was nationalised and stopped all United States routes, including the one to Miami International Airport. In 1959, it changed its name to Empresa Consolidada Cubana de Aviación, but the airline was still popularly known just as Cubana. With the US embargo, it had to turn to the Soviet Union to get its airplanes, and the first one to be obtained was the Il-14, just after the embargo began. Il-18, An-12 and An-24 soon followed. In 1974, with the arrival of the Il-62, Cubana was able to start services to Europe with flights to Barajas International Airport in Madrid. Cuban President Fidel Castro waves the Cuban flag during May Day celebrations, 2005 Fidel Alejandro Castro Ruz (born August 13, 1926), has led Cuba since 1959, when, leading the 26th of July Movement, he overthrew the government of Fulgencio Batista. ... Miami International Airport (IATA Airport Code: MIA, ICAO Airport Code: KMIA), is located in unincorporated Miami, Florida between the suburbs of Hialeah, Doral, Fontainbleau, and Miami Springs. ... 1959 was a common year starting on Thursday (link will take you to calendar). ... The United States embargo against Cuba (described in Cuba as el bloqueo, Spanish for the blockade) is an economic, commercial and financial embargo imposed on Cuba by the United States on February 7, 1962. ... The Ilyushin Il-14 ( NATO reporting name Crate) was a Soviet commercial and military personnel/cargo transport aircraft that first flew in 1950. ... Two aircraft have shared the designation Ilyushin Il-18 The first was a propeller-driven airliner of 1946 based on the B-29 Superfortress. ... The Antonov An-12 (NATO reporting name: Cub) is a four-engined turboprop transport aircraft. ... The Antonov An-24 is a 44-seat twin turboprop transport manufactured in Russia by The Antonov Design bureau. ... 1974 is a common year starting on Tuesday (click on link for calendar). ... The Ilyushin Il-62 is a long range airliner which is similar in appearance to the Vickers VC-10, which was built in 1967. ... Barajas International Airport, located in Madrid, is Spains most important international and domestic getaway center. ... This article is about the Spanish capital. ...


During the 1980s, Cubana was one of a group of airlines waiting for a lifting of the US embargo since Miami is a city with a large Cuban community and also a potential money maker. This, however, did not happen, and Cubana is still eagerly awaiting this. Events and trends The 1980s marked an abrupt shift towards more conservative lifestyles after the momentous cultural revolutions which took place in the 1960s and 1970s and the definition of the AIDS virus in 1981. ...


Upon the collapse of the Soviet Union in 1991, Cubana was given license to buy jetliners from elsewhere, but still not those built in the United States. They acquired Airbus A320 equipment and leased a DC-10 from French airline AOM. That plane was lost in a crash at Guatemala City. Cubana also acquired Fokker F27 aircraft to reinforce its fleet. The rise of Gorbachev Although reform stalled between 1964–1982, the generational shift gave new momentum for reform. ... 1991 is a common year starting on Tuesday of the Gregorian calendar. ... Airbus S.A.S. is a commercial aircraft manufacturer based in Toulouse, France. ... The Airbus A320 is a short to medium range commercial passenger aircraft manufactured by Airbus. ... Biman Bangladesh Airlines McDonnell Douglas DC-10 The McDonnell Douglas DC-10 is a three-engined long-range airliner, with two engines mounted on underwing pylons and a third engine at the base of the vertical stabilizer. ... Age of Mythology (sometimes abbreviated AoM) is a real-time strategy computer game in the Age of Empires series by Ensemble Studios. ... Guatemala City (in full, La Nueva Guatemala de la Asunción; locally known as Guatemala or, informally, Guate) is the capital and largest city of Guatemala. ... The Fokker F27 Friendship is a turboprop airliner designed and built by the Dutch aircraft manufacturer Fokker. ...


Cubana's Soviet-built aircraft began to suffer from old age, and the fact that spare parts for those planes were hard to find, and partly because of that it suffered a series of fatal accidents during the 1990s. In 1999, it was voted worst airline of the world by top travelling magazines. Because of this dubious distinction, Cubana is trying to improve its image and purchase new Airbus jets. Events and trends Technology Explosive growth of the Internet; decrease in the cost of computers and other technology Reduction in size and cost of mobile phones leads to a massive surge in their popularity Year 2000 problem (commonly known as Y2K) Microsoft Windows operating system becomes virtually ubiquitous on IBM... 1999 is a common year starting on Friday of the Common Era, and was designated the International Year of Older Persons by the United Nations. ...


Incidents and Accidents

On 6 October 1976, terrorist sabotage brought down a Cubana DC-8 departing from Barbados to Cuba. Two bombs were put on by a terrorist organization of a CIA-linked Cuban exile, killing all 73 people on board. Among the dead were all the 24 young members of the Fencing team that had just obtained all the gold medals in the Central American and Caribbean Championship. October 6 is the 279th day of the year (280th in Leap years). ... 1976 is a leap year starting on Thursday (link will take you to calendar). ... The following is a timeline of acts and failed attempts that can be considered terrorism. ... The Douglas DC-8 is a four-engined jet airliner, manufactured between 1959 and 1972. ... Russian Ivan Tourchine and American Weston Kelsey fence in the second round of the Olympic Mens Individual Epee event at the Helliniko Fencing Hall on Aug. ...


On July 11 of 1995, a Cubana de Aviación Antonov AN-24 crashed into the Caribbean off the southeastern coast of Cuba killing 44 people. July 11 is the 192nd day (193rd in leap years) of the year in the Gregorian Calendar, with 173 days remaining. ... 1995 was a common year starting on Sunday of the Gregorian calendar. ... The Caribbean or the West Indies is a group of islands in the Caribbean Sea. ...


On April 1 of 2003, a AN-24 of Cubana was forced to fly to Key West, Florida by a man with hand grenades. The plane had to stop in Havana for refueling. In Havana, some of the 46 passengers in the plane escaped. The FBI awaited the plane at Key West. April 1 is the 91st day of the year (92nd in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar, with 274 days remaining. ... 2003 is a common year starting on Wednesday of the Gregorian calendar. ... This article is in need of attention. ... Map of Key West Key West is a city located in Monroe County, Florida. ... A fragmentation hand grenade A hand grenade is a hand-held bomb, made to be thrown by a soldier. ... The Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) is a Federal police force which is the principal investigative arm of the United States Department of Justice (DOJ). ...


On March 28, 2005, a Cubana A320 flying between Cuba and Canada lost its tail, but the plane was able to make a safe emergency landing in an American airport. (Source needed for this - see Talk). CUBANA is expected to receive 2 Ilyushin 96-300 in 2005 to replace the aging Ilyushin 62s in their fleet. March 28 is the 87th day of the year in the Gregorian Calendar (88th in Leap years). ... 2005 is a common year starting on Saturday of the Gregorian calendar. ... The Airbus A320 is a short to medium range commercial passenger aircraft manufactured by Airbus. ...


Services

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Fleet

The Cubana fleet includes 1 Airbus A320-200 (leased), Ilyushin IL-62, Yakolev 42 (at April 2005). The Airbus A320 is a short to medium range commercial passenger aircraft manufactured by Airbus. ... 2005 is a common year starting on Saturday of the Gregorian calendar. ...


Other facts of interest

  • Cubana's planes often carry Cuba's national sports teams, even to United States territories.
  • In 1983, Cubana was prohibited from using United States air-space to operate their flights to Canada, after two of their jets overflew close to American military facilities during two consecutive days. Cubana was given US overflight permission in 1998 in a Bilateral Agreement.
  • Cubana also operates an air charter division.
  • Cubana is the only known major Latin American airline to have used Russian built airplanes, and it is the only Latin American airline with an established route to Moscow.
  • In The Godfather Part II when Michael Corleone abandons Havana he boards a Cubana plane.
  • Cubana's planes are often chartered by president Fidel Castro for official trips.

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External Links

  • Cubana (http://www.cubana.cu/)
  • Cubana Fleet Detail (http://www.planemad.net/Airline/CU/Cubana_(CU_CUB)/Fleet.htm?show=all)
  • Cubana Passenger Opinions (http://www.airlinequality.com/Forum/cubana.htm)


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