Please start with this story. This is rather alarming news.
We did a quick search on FlightRadar24 to see what might be flying as Cubana. The results are sobering. There is one flight and it’s not even their aircraft. Who knew the 737-200 could manage Montreal-Havana non-stop?
There was a report of technical challenges on the fleet. The “sweet deal” were the SSJ100 was priced at a capital cost of 10 aircraft roughly equal to the pre-delivery payment for one Airbus A320 might be seen a bit differently. Then in January, there was another report about this fleet.
In the second report note that the airline CEO stated “The supply chain with this aircraft has been a process. But we’re getting to where we want to be with them.” To ease maintenance problems, a $7 million consignment stock is being set up this year with Sukhoi parts, he said. “The decision to buy them was a technical and economical one,” he says, calling the deal an “extraordinary acquisition agreement” the company wouldn’t have gotten from Brazilian maker Embraer SA.”
A strange way of putting it. Had they deployed Embraer‘s they would not have needed those spares and there would be no parked planes.