For Cuba’s Cubana airlines, some animals are more equal than others

In Cuba, like in all other socialist utopias of equality and social justice, all animals are equal, except for some animals who are more equal than others.

Michel Suarez in Diario de Cuba:

Cubana’s fleet: VIPs come first

Raúl Castro and the Cubana de Aviación IL-96 he uses for his official and personal travel.
Raúl Castro and the Cubana de Aviación IL-96 he uses for his official and personal travel.

Cubana de Aviación has blamed its disastrous state (once again) to the US embargo. “There are no aviation supply companies in the world that dare to sell direct to Cuba,” the company’s director recently alleged.

As he said it, a Boeing 767  – one of the enemy’s great aeronautical flagships  – was flying between Havana and Buenos Aires, and other leased aircraft, by Embraer (Brazil) and Airbus (EU) were carrying out medium and long-distance operations. The US embargo, according to Castroism, is responsible for every evil affecting the Island, but the facts suggest otherwise.

Cubana: si no sale hoy, sale mañana

Dubbed “La Milagrosa,” Cubana de Aviación is the perfect synthesis illustrating the national debacle. True to the slogan popularized by its customers (“Cubana: if it doesn´t leave today, it’ll leave tomorrow”), on September 26 the company sent an email to the passengers of Flight CU-470, scheduled between Havana and Madrid, reporting to them a change of date “for operational reasons.”

Although they did not disclose these “reasons,” the day before Raúl Castro had taken an IL-96-300 aircraft out of circulation in order to travel to Cartagena de Indias and attend the signing of the agreement between the FARC and the Colombian government. The political act took place on precisely the 26th.

At almost the same time, another IL-96, registration CU-T1717, was grounded after suffering an incident on its way to Buenos Aires, according to sources familiar with the case. The aircraft, transferred from Aeroflot and 23 years old, was involved in its second serious incident, on the same route, both in 2016.

Cubana de Aviación has four Russian IL-96 aircraft operating. However, chaos constantly plagues the company due to the travel (official or personal) of Raúl Castro and Nicolás Maduro, and regular breakdowns. “The aircraft with registrations CU-T1254 and CU-T1251 have problems with their PS90 engines, despite being practically new,” DIARIO DE CUBA was informed by Julio Infante, the creator a popular Internet forum on Cuban aviation and a former employee of a European airline.

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