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United States, Cuba to resume scheduled commercial airline service

The United States and Cuba have agreed to restore scheduled commercial airline service between the two countries for the first time in more than five decades, exactly a year after they started the process of normalizing relations. The latest step to restore U.S.-Cuba ties after 54 years of hostility will not go into effect immediately but should eventually increase tourism and business on the communist-ruled island. ( Más...

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CaptainFreedom 5
Awesome! Hopefully we will see some Air Cubana Antonovs and Iluyshins touching down at JFK. Too bad they aren't flying IL-62s anymore.
Apparently safety standards still apply to aircraft flying from Cuba to the US, so we probably won't be seeing those old russian planes.
djames225 3
Actually you could..the IL 96-300, TU-204 and AN-24D are all FAA certified to fly into the US...Air Cubana also has A320's they could use...the AN -24 would probably be just a Havana/Varedaro to Miami/area airports puddle jumper
Hi, Even though Cuba's counter claims against the US have no ground or foot to stand on (except maybe for the proxy invasion); this dispute is exactly why I do not think this airline agreement will go forward or fall through.
On the part of the US, it is just a matter of money; you owe, you payback with interest; meaning the electrical company, the phone company, the railroads, cement factories, sugar mills, etcetera that were expropriated without due compensation at the time; in the US money is sacred, it represents work, and it is thicker than blood.
Jeraboam 2
I agree that these companies should have been reimbursed for expropriated facilities even though they were obtained often by illegal or immoral means. However, the actions of the US government attempting to starve and coerce the Cubans into surrendering their own country to a dictator and gangsters made repayment impossible even if they wanted to pay. Despite Cuba emulating the 1776 rebellion of the American colonies, the US has spent more than half a century trying to stamp out the government produced by the Cuban revolution and still supported by the majority of its people and most other nations. At the same time, US governments having been making trade deals with every other communist and dictator led country in the world: Russia, China, Syria, Iraq, Iran, Asian "Stans", Vietnam, ...
Hi, Jeraboam:

You are welcome; we will see how everything turns out at the end, either way.

I hear that Cubana de Aviacion has in service the Antonov 158 regional jet for domestic and short to medium international flights to the Caribbean area.

Right now the only US airline that has a waiver from the US Department of State and the US Commerce Department to fly freight directly to Cuba (Jose Marti International Airport at Rancho Boyeros)is called IBC (International Bonded Couriers). They use Fairchild Swearingen Metroliner and Saab 340 turboprops.
matt jensen 2
Ah, all the major airlines have been flying into Havanna for a couple of years.
If not, they all will be. But now they will have non-stop flights from many US cities.
Is this agreement reciprocal?; if an airliner from Cuba lands in the US it will impounded by lawyers to be sold to fulfill claims pending in US courts by people and entities that have been wronged by the Cuban government.
Jeraboam 2
This should please the Mafia and corporate barons who raped the human and natural resources of this tiny island for years with tacit approval of the US government. Perhaps the Cubans will impound the US aircraft to repay the costs of illegal US interference with their international trade and support of attempted invasions.
Maybe even some DC-3s? Hehehe. My grandparents flew to Cuba in one in 1958, family legend says.
denis holleley 1
WoW since 1959 GREAT
Hi, Jeraboam:

At least we agree on the due compensation of "bona fide" companies or US business ventures that invested in and took a risk in Cuba previous to 1959.

It was the US ambassador the one who relayed a message to then president and dictator Fulgencio Batista and told him plainly on behalf of the US government that he had to go. Previously the US Government had "hinted" at this by imposing a military supplies embargo on the Cuban government, forcing them to buy weapons in Europe at a higher cost.
When Batista "finally" got the message to "leave or else", he took off from Camp Columbia (a military base in Havana) bound for the US, where he had lived before, but he was denied entry by the US government and his pilot had to turn around and head for Santo Domingo instead. All these actions (and other facts) helped the rebel forces in Cuba get the upper hand and win; but, the Cuban Revolution was not a communist revolution, it was a grassroots revolution from the middle class Cubans and it was started and led by José Antonio Echeverría in Havana and Frank Pais in Santiago de Cuba, among others, besides the Castro brothers.
Jeraboam 2
You are right that the revolution was a grassroots movement led by middle class people like the Castros as is most national revolutions: the American Revolution, the Russian Revolution, the French Revolution, the Iranian Revolution,Vietnam, China,Bolivia,... Inevitably, these leaders were shaped by their events and times and led them to different ways to their common goals, to make lives better for the ordinary citizen. It's a shame that they are rarely supported by other nations whose governments fear the same revolts. This, inevitably, seems to lead to them trying to suppress the new regimes instead of supporting them in their chosen paths: socialism, communism, capitalism,... We continue to see the folly of this around the world today.
Our conversation seems to have come a long way from tourism in Cuba! Thanks for the additional insight into Cuba/US earlier relationships.
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U.S., Cuba reach understanding on restoring commercial flights

The U.S. and Cuba have reached an understanding on restoring regularly scheduled commercial flights, Cuban and U.S. officials said Wednesday, a day before the anniversary of the two Cold War foes restoring diplomatic ties.

The diplomatic advance would help open the way for U.S. airlines to begin flying to Cuba within months in what would likely be the biggest step toward tighter economic ties since the two countries began normalizing relations last year. Officials on both sides said they had reached an understanding on key points and hoped to reach a formal deal within hours or days.


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