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Cuban is again using Russian Ilyushin IL96 aircraft on regular international routes

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Russian IL-96 aircraft operated by the state airline Cubana de Aviación will soon resume regular passenger flights. The connections to Havana and Buenos Aires as well as to Madrid will be resumed in November. Although not yet confirmed by the airline, routes on the new routes have been checked by Routes Online.

The operations are already part of the flight distribution system and should be carried out from November 15 with IL-96 aircraft, of which Cubana has four copies. Three aircraft have been in service for 15 years and another for 28 years. Some of them have been doing return and cargo flights in the past few months.

The flights would be carried out as follows, always with a weekly flight:

Havana – Buenos Aires – Cayo Coco – Havana
Havana – Madrid
Havana – Madrid – Santiago de Cuba – Havana

The resumption of regular flights to Argentina comes after a five-year hiatus as they were suspended when Maurício Macri became Argentine President. With the accession of the new left government, operations are back on the agenda of the Cuban enterprise. As a reminder that in the middle of the pandemic, Cubana even made a handful of flights to Buenos Aires, but with the strict aim of repatriating Argentine and Cuban nationals.

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