The travel industry throughout the past few months have been exciting, innovating and drastic in some ways. As a frequent flyer, it is hard to grasp the recent changes happening within the industry but it’s also exciting to see the latest projects and innovations come into play and taking shape for the new year. Within this week I’ve covered the latest news from Singapore Airlines and American Airlines introducing their Premium Economy product.
Yesterday December 11, American Airlines announced via twitter some exciting news as they will be offering a charter service flight from Los Angeles International Airport (LAX) to José Martí International Airport (HAV) in Havana. The inaugural flight will begin December 12 (Today). The hub of Los Angeles International Airport won’t be the only one to offer this but also Miami International Airport (MIA) to José Martí International Airport (HAV) will be operating this service, providing a total of 14 weekly flights to Havana – the most of any major U.S. carrier.
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American Airlines also states the following:
We provide service to over 30 destinations in the region, including Cuba. To visit Cuba, choose between 23 weekly charter flights from Miami, Tampa and Los Angeles to:
Camagüey, Cienfuegos, Havana, Holguín, Santa Clara.
Our Cuban charter service isn’t new – we’ve been helping customers visit Cuba for nearly 25 years – and we’re happy to help you visit Cuba, too.
CUBA TRAVEL POLICY
To be eligible to travel to Cuba from the U.S., your visit must fall under one of these categories:
The service to Havana from Los Angeles International Airport will be a weekly service, every Saturday. It will operate as American Airlines with the following flight number 9440. The aircraft in service will be a standard 737 offering Business Class and Economy Class. The 737 is equipped with 16 seats in Business Class and 144 seats in the Main Cabin.. American’s new charter service is sold by Cuba Travel Services.
The flight will be departing Los Angeles (LAX) at 12:45pm and arriving in Havana (HAV) at 8:30pm.
This is a big step for American Airlines as they continue to grow their operation from one of the biggest hubs. I had the great pleasure to attend the press conference where mayor from LA Mr. Eric Garrett was in presence sharing his thoughts on this new milestone. The cuban flavor was felt as they had artists playing local cuban upbeat tunes. It is worth noting that it was also a sold out flight with not one single seat open, impressive eh? Thats the way to start an Inaugural flight.
RIBBON CUTTING AT GATE 41.
Shortly after the press conference, there was a ribbon cutting prior at Gate 41 where the first flight to Havana would be pushing back to begin the 5 hour flight to Havana. The atmosphere was upbeat and everyone was very excited, including the emotional passengers. AA executives and LA mayor were getting ready to welcome a new operation in service at LAX.
Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti joined American Airlines Senior Vice President – International and Cargo, Art Torno, and Juan Carlos Liscano, American’s Managing Director – LAX at the festive inaugural event, which featured Cuban music and cuisine for passengers’ enjoyment. Also in attendance were Councilmembers Bob Blumenfield and Curren Price; Vice President of the Board of Airport Commissioners, Valeria Velasco; Los Angeles World Airports Executive Director, Deborah Flint and Cuba Travel Services President, Michael Zuccato.
“The flight between LAX and Havana marks a historic step forward in Los Angeles’ budding relationship with Cuba,” said Mayor Eric Garcetti. “Today, we celebrate the long-awaited bridging of two cities with limitless opportunity for growth through economic and cultural exchange.“
This is an exciting route where I could see American Airlines do very well. Not only will it facilitate a lot of flyers to finally visit Cuba, but it will also allow those family members that haven’t traveled to Cuba in years, to go back and see their family and loved ones. This is a flight that I will certainly keep an eye on and perhaps, travel to Cuba to document some of the Cuba flavor.
American has operated charter flights to Cuba since 1991. With this addition, American will offer 24 weekly flights from Miami, Tampa, and Los Angeles to five destinations on the island: Camagüey, Cienfuegos, Havana, Holguin, and Santa Clara. This year, American will operate approximately 1,200 charter flights to Cuba, more than any other airline. American also is the leading carrier to the Caribbean with up to 150 daily flights to more than 30 destinations.
American operates nearly 200 flights per day to 55 global destinations from its Los Angeles gateway. In addition to the new Havana service, this year the airline has grown its international reach from the city with the addition of Vancouver, Belize City, Mexico City, Guadalajara, and Mazatlan. Next week, the airline will begin nonstop service to Sydney and Montego Bay.
American is the preferred airline of the entertainment industry at LAX and operates the only three-class transcontinental service to New York with its award-winning Airbus A321T. American operates the most daily, year round nonstop flights to London, all with fully lie-flat, direct aisle access seats in First and Business Class.
ABOUT CUBA TRAVEL SERVICES
Headquartered in Cypress, California, Cuba Travel Services is a premier indirect air-carrier that arranges flights from Miami, New York (JFK) and Tampa to Havana, Cienfuegos, Santa Clara, Camaguey, Holguin and Santiago de Cuba using Boeing 737-800 aircraft. As the leading tour operator and destination management company serving the destination, Cuba Travel Services offers hotels bookings, transportation, tour programming as part of a turnkey travel solution for qualified individuals and organizations. The company has been arranging flights to Cuba for more than 15 years and operates the most extensive flight network in the industry. For more information follow us on Facebook, Google +, Twitter,Instagram, YouTube or visit www.cubatravelservices.com
Will this be a flight you would like to take in the near future?