HAVANA, May 30 (DDC) The specialized publication American Journal of Transportation recently considered that the plane crash that occurred on May 18 in Cuba could encourage the state-owned Cubana de Aviacion to look for aircraft leasing services in US airlines, they currently operate on the Island.
For the environment, it is feasible to obtain the necessary permits from the US Department of Transportation, the Office of Foreign Assets Control of the Treasury Department or the Department of Commerce (if necessary), so that the US-based airlines they lease aircraft (with or without repainting) to Cubana de Aviación to carry out routes within the Island.
“Any of these measures would provide greater security, greater frequency and greater opportunity for connection so that nationals of the Republic of Cuba, as well as authorized American travelers, travel throughout the country,” he said.
The plane crashed in Cuba, a Boeing 737-200 with 40 years of flight, was leased by Cubana de Aviación to the small Mexican airline Global Air. The rental of aircraft to third companies is a regular practice on the Island for decades. The state airline blames the US embargo for not being able to acquire its own aircraft.
The Memorandum of Understanding signed in 2016 between the governments of the USA and Cuba under the Administration of Barack Obama allowed the resumption of regular air services between both countries.
According to the American Journal of Transportation, the agreement does not impose limits on the number of carriers that can provide US services to Cuba, nor does it limit the ability of aircraft to offer scheduled or leasing services.