GALLERY: Cuban classic airliners from 1995

In the March 2024 issue of Aviation News, Richard Vandervord shares a selection of classic commercial airliners from a 1995 trip to Cuba
Ilyushin Il-62M
Ilyushin Il-62M Richard Vandervord
This Yakovlev Ya-40, CU-T1221 (c/n 9841159), was delivered by sea to Cubana in 1979 and spent 11 years with the carrier before being transferred to Aerocaribbean in 1990. It would continue to fly for several more years before being withdrawn at Havana in 1997
This Yakovlev Ya-40, CU-T1221 (c/n 9841159), was delivered by sea to Cubana in 1979 and spent 11 years with the carrier before being transferred to Aerocaribbean in 1990. It would continue to fly for several more years before being withdrawn at Havana in 1997 Richard Vandervord
In all, Cubana acquired eight Fokker F27 Friendships from Aviaco in 1994. This example, CU-T1292 (c/n 10421), would be one of the first to be phased out, being stored as early as November 1996. It had previously flown with the Spanish carrier as EC-DBM
In all, Cubana acquired eight Fokker F27 Friendships from Aviaco in 1994. This example, CU-T1292 (c/n 10421), would be one of the first to be phased out, being stored as early as November 1996. It had previously flown with the Spanish carrier as EC-DBM Richard Vandervord
Five Tupolev Tu-154Bs, including CU-T1256 (c/n 84A599), flew for Cubana from 1980. One example, CU-T1227, was written off following a hard landing at Mexico City on September 14, 1991 while the remaining four  trijets were phased out prematurely due to a lack of liquidity at the end of the decade
Five Tupolev Tu-154Bs, including CU-T1256 (c/n 84A599), flew for Cubana from 1980. One example, CU-T1227, was written off following a hard landing at Mexico City on September 14, 1991 while the remaining four trijets were phased out prematurely due to a lack of liquidity at the end of the decade Richard Vandervord
This Antonov An-24V, CU-T881 (c/n 67302601), was delivered new to Cuba in 1966 and was in the twilight of its flying career when it passed the author's lens at Havana in 1995. By 1997, it was noted in poor condition at the hub. 
This Antonov An-24V, CU-T881 (c/n 67302601), was delivered new to Cuba in 1966 and was in the twilight of its flying career when it passed the author's lens at Havana in 1995. By 1997, it was noted in poor condition at the hub.  Richard Vandervord
Aerogaviota was formed by the Cuban Army and had started operations less than a year before the author's visit to Cuba. This Yakovlev Yak-40, CU-T1449 (c/n 9021260), had previously flown with the Cuban Air Force and Cubana before joining the start-up in 1995. It would spend seven years with the carrier, being sold to Aerocaribbean in 2002. After 31 years of service in and around the Marxist-Leninist socialist republic, it was retired to Santiago de Cuba in 2011 and has since found gainful employment as a restaurant in the city
Aerogaviota was formed by the Cuban Army and had started operations less than a year before the author's visit to Cuba. This Yakovlev Yak-40, CU-T1449 (c/n 9021260), had previously flown with the Cuban Air Force and Cubana before joining the start-up in 1995. It would spend seven years with the carrier, being sold to Aerocaribbean in 2002. After 31 years of service in and around the Marxist-Leninist socialist republic, it was retired to Santiago de Cuba in 2011 and has since found gainful employment as a restaurant in the city Richard Vandervord
This Fokker F27-400, CU-T1286 (c/n 10332), spent much of its working life in Spain, having initially been delivered to Iberia on September 29, 1967 as EC-BMS. It later moved to fellow Spanish operators Transeuropa Compañía de Aviación and Aviaco before making its way to Cuba in 1994. It was last noted having been scrapped on March 3, 2003
This Fokker F27-400, CU-T1286 (c/n 10332), spent much of its working life in Spain, having initially been delivered to Iberia on September 29, 1967 as EC-BMS. It later moved to fellow Spanish operators Transeuropa Compañía de Aviación and Aviaco before making its way to Cuba in 1994. It was last noted having been scrapped on March 3, 2003 Richard Vandervord
Cubana operated 11 Yakovlev Yak-40s, including CU-T1204 (c/n 9641650). Built in 1976, the aircraft was delivered to the Cuban carrier by sea, arriving at Santiago de Cuba docks in early November that year and reassembled shortly thereafter. It is understood to have been retired in the early 2000s and scrapped soon after
Cubana operated 11 Yakovlev Yak-40s, including CU-T1204 (c/n 9641650). Built in 1976, the aircraft was delivered to the Cuban carrier by sea, arriving at Santiago de Cuba docks in early November that year and reassembled shortly thereafter. It is understood to have been retired in the early 2000s and scrapped soon after Richard Vandervord
This Tupolev Tu-154B, CU-T1256 (c/n 84A599), was the penultimate example to be delivered to Cubana, arriving on June 7, 1984. It spent 15 years flying for the airline before being withdrawn from service by March 2000
This Tupolev Tu-154B, CU-T1256 (c/n 84A599), was the penultimate example to be delivered to Cubana, arriving on June 7, 1984. It spent 15 years flying for the airline before being withdrawn from service by March 2000 Richard Vandervord