Silver Airways to land in Cuba first with JetBlue to follow soon

Posted: 27-Jun-16 14:18

Following the announcement of American Airlines' plans to start flying to Cuba this September, JetBlue has been quick to reveal their plans to launch non-stop flights to the island starting sometime in autumn with exact dates yet to be established. JetBlue will start operating non-stop routes to three different Cuban cities from their Fort Lauderdale base at some point this autumn season and tickets will be available to book online before the end of summer. In the meantime, Silver Airways has already started selling tickets to nine Cuban cities.

Silver Airways to land in Cuba first with JetBlue to follow soon

With no concrete details revealed yet concerning exact launching dates, JetBlue is eager to announce their newly approved non-stop routes to Cuba and they have done so by adding a new informative Cuba page to their website.

Under a big capitalised headline that reads “Go nonstop to Cuba” JetBlue is officially unveiling their new daily commercial routes to Cuba, departing from Fort Lauderdale in Florida and calling at three different Cuban ports: Santa Clara, Holguin and Camaguey. Still awaiting the go-ahead from the pertinent Cuban authorities to secure launching dates the new flights are expected to go on sale this summer, as revealed by an official JetBlue source.

According to Robin Hayes, Chief Executive Officer and President at JetBlue, in this historic move linking the two neighbours and former foes with direct air service, the company hopes to further engage with Cuban government officials for the speedy confirmation of flight dates and landing slots:

“We also look forward to working and building relationships with Cuban authorities as we begin scheduled commercial service to their country for the first time in more than 50 years.”

The new direct Cuba flights serviced by JetBlue will be operated on a fleet of Airbus A320 and will include some of JetBlue’s signature services such as their Fly-Fi internet access (the fastest inflight broadband internet in the world), complimentary snacks and unlimited premium-brand non-alcoholic drinks at no extra cost. Other award-winning services that JetBlue will be bringing to Cuba include their live DIRECTV programming as well as 100 channels of SiriusXM radio on the back of every seat.

In the meantime, other approved airlines like American Airlines (the first to announce launching flight dates) and more recently, Silver Airways, have already made their tickets to Cuba available for purchase online through their booking platforms. The first to touch down in Cuba so far will be Silver Airways with their inaugural flight on 1st September 2016 to Santa Clara departing from Fort Lauderdale.

Silver Airways will thus become the first U.S. carrier to fly scheduled direct flights to Cuba in more than 50 years, this coming September. It’s also the only U.S. airline that received full approval from the U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT) to operate all their routes to nine different Cuban cities. Still awaiting approval to serve what would be their tenth destination in Cuba, the capital city of Havana, Silver Airways will soon be making history in Cuba with their inaugural flight to the north-eastern city of Santa Clara, home to the famous Che Guevara’s mausoleum, a long-standing icon of the Cuban revolution. To mark the occasion the airline is currently offering 33 per cent off all their tickets to Cuba when booking directly through their online platform.

All six approved U.S. airlines to fly direct to Cuba are still awaiting the DOT’s decision on awarding routes to Havana, the once city it received an overwhelmingly number of applications for that far exceeded the limits allowed. Watch this space later on this summer for the official announcement from the DOT on which U.S. airlines will receive approval to fly scheduled direct flights to Havana for the first time in over half-a-century.


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