Spanair and Cubana join forces between Europe and America
BY ORLANDO GÓMEZ BALADO (Special for Granma International)
THE directors of Spanair and Cubana Airlines announced a shared
code agreement as part of a joint project between the two
companies with the aim of increasing sales, experience and strategy
in order to break into each others’ traditional markets.
Luis Dans, general director of Spanair, told Granma International
that his company and Cubana have similar and complimentary
characteristics. Both are anxious to become regional leaders in their
particular specialty — the Caribbean and Central and South America –
with similar services and tariffs creating competitive and
commercially viable prices.
The director of Spanair explained that the company owns a fleet of
46 modern airplanes and makes some 300 flights daily between
Europe and Latin America. He commented that the agreement was
developing satisfactorily and has been producing positive results for
both countries since June 15 this year.
According to Eugenio Portales Prado, executive vice president of
Cubana Airlines, this shared flight code will expand air options
between Spain and Cuba. For example, the island can now count on
four flights from Spain daily with a total of 1,004 seats and three
Cubana flights per week from Madrid and Barcelona to Havana and
Santiago de Cuba, with a total of 930 seats, thereby facilitating
connections with the rest of Latin America and the Caribbean. These
services include the advantage that passengers do not need to
reconfirm their reservations.
Portales Prado, Cubana vice president, confirmed that this
association with Spanair means an increase in sales and service
quality for both companies and the ability to offer a more
competitive product with room for considerable commercial
development and therefore an increase in air traffic between the
destinations covered by the two airlines.