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Cubana Airlines (CU)

Cuba's national airline, Cubana Air, has been a leading airline in the era of commercial flights. The airline was founded in 1929, making it one of the world’s oldest airlines. Bringing passengers to and from Havana, Santiago de Cuba, and Holguin, Cuba's sunshine and beaches are just a little bit closer for everyone.

Identity Card

  • IATA code: CU
  • Number of serviced cities: 35 destinations
  • Main hub: José Martí International Airport (HAV)
  • Fleet: 20 aircraft

History of Cubana Air

Cubana Air, or Cubana Aviación S.A., was established in 1929 and was also one of the founding member of the IATA, the International Air Transport Association. Cubana became a subsidiary in 1932 of the leading airline at that time, Pan American Airways. Cubana participated in both the founding of the ICAO (International Civil Aviation Organization) and the IATA in the 1940s. Cubana’s first scheduled international flights took off in 1945 from Havana to Miami. Soon after, a transatlantic flight was added to the network, Havana to Madrid. In 1950 this route was later extended onwards to Rome. In the 1960s the airline was taken over by the government, without any compensation to its private investors.

Because of the US embargo on Cuba in the 1960s Cubana Air was forced to buy new aircrafts from the Soviet Union. This business deal led to the first scheduled flights between Russia and Cuba, an 18-hour non-stop service from Moscow to Havana. At the time this was the longest non-stop flight in the world. In the 1990s the airline faced difficulties in repairing its old Soviet aircraft since parts were so scarce and the airline lacked international funding. In 2004 Cubana Air made plans to rejuvenate the fleet, planning to completely replace the fleet by 2012 with new Russian aeroplanes to replace the quickly ageing Soviet Union ones.

Travel with Cubana Air: practical information

  • Onboard Services

    • Meals: There is a number of different food and drink products available for purchase during the flight.
    • Entertainment: There are movies screened during the flight as well as a varied program of news, musical shows, tourist destination information and others. There is also an in-flight magazine, Sol y Son.
  • Baggage Allowances

    • Cabin: Each passenger can bring 1 piece of carry-on luggage. It can weight up to 5 kg and should not exceed the linear dimensions of 115 cm. Cubana Air recommends passengers to pack all of your valuables and anything else you need during the flight in your carry-on luggage.
    • Checked: There is a weight allowance of 20 kg on all flight except those to and from Spain and Canada. In this case then the piece concept applies.
    • Excess: If any piece of luggage exceeds the weight restrictions there is a fee of 1.5% per kg of a one-way economy fare. This fare varies according to the destination.

Discounts and Special Offers

Infants can travel for the af10% of the adult fare. Children over the age of two are charged 50%, 67% or 75%, depending on the fare rules. Children in this case can the same baggage allowance as adults. Find all of Cubana Air’s other special offers on liligo.com in the flight section.

Contact:

Website: www.cubana.cu
E-mail: cubanasales@cubanacan.co.uk
Telephone: 20 7538 5933