Cubana An-158 by Jose Liburd

(HAVANA) – Cubana (CU, Havana Int’l) has dramatically curtailed operations using its fleet of six An-158s owing to a lack of readily available spare parts.

ch-aviation analysis of Flightradar24 ADS-B data shows the only aircraft of the lot that is currently active is CU-T1714 (msn 201-04). The aircraft is primarily used on domestic Cuban routes. The rest of the fleet is currently in storage.

Sources in Havana indicate that aside from a lack of spares, the state-owned airline has also pointed to the completion of the aircraft’s warranty service life as well as their poor technical condition.

Cubana was the An-158’s launch operator taking delivery of its first aircraft of the type – CU-T1710 (msn 201-01) – from the Antonov Design Bureau (Gostomel) back in April 2013.

It has wet-leased a second B737 from Italian carrier Blue Panorama Airlines (BV, Rome Fiumicino), B737-300 I-BPAG (msn 29059) was positioned from Rome Fiumicino to Havana Int’l via Reykjavik Keflavik and Halifax a few weeks ago. It joins sistership B737-400 I-BPAC (msn 27074) which has been in service for the Cubans since late December 2016.

The two Boeings join the rest of Cubana’s wet-leased summer fleet which includes two ATR72-500s (leased from Solenta Aviation) and five A320-200s (leased from Avion Express).

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