Cubana seeks additional A320

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Cubana is seeking to lease an additional Airbus A320-200 to support the launch of service to Lima and expansion of its Canadian operation.

EVP Ramon Valdivia Acosta tells CAO's sister publication ATI that Cubana is interested in expanding its A320-200 fleet from two to three aircraft in 2010. He says the additional aircraft would likely be used to open a new route from Havana to Lima and add frequencies on its Montreal and Toronto routes.

Cubana now uses its two A320-200s, which are wet-leased, primarily on its Canadian routes. Cubana currently uses A320-200s to serve Toronto and Montreal from seven Cuban airports: Camaguey, Cayo Coco, Havana, Holguin, Santa Clara, Santiago and Varadero.

ATI reported early this year that Cubana had embarked on a fleet renewal study with a possible decision on new aircraft by year-end. But Valdivia says there is "no outcome" yet from these considerations. He adds Cubana did not take delivery of any additional aircraft this year and does not plan to add any aircraft next year except the possible third A320-200.