HAVANA – Spain’s third-biggest airline company celebrated on Thursday the opening of its newest Boeing 787 Dreamliner route, which connects Madrid with the Cuban capital of Havana.
The aircraft flew out from the Adolfo Suarez Madrid-Barajas airport in the Spanish capital.
Speaking at a press conference at Havana’s Jose Marti International Airport, Air Europa’s president Juan Jose Hidalgo said: “with this extraordinary aircraft, Cuba has brought off a real coup.”
He continued: “it demonstrates our commitment to Cuba and our effort to bring this fashionable destination to everyone in the world.”
The aircraft’s new route joins four others flown by Air Europa’s Boeing 787 Dreamliner fleet, connecting Madrid with Miami (USA), Bogota (Colombia), Santo Domingo (Dominican Republic) and Buenos Aires (Argentina).
Maria del Carmen Orellana, director-general of marketing at the Cuban ministry of tourism, thanked the airline officials for their constant work.
“Air Europa has brought one of the most modern, economical and comfortable aircraft in the world to our capital, it boasts an unprecedented fuel efficiency which is better for the environment,” she said.
“This aircraft presents us with an opportunity to improve our infrastructure,” she added.
The two latest Boeing 787 Dreamliners were incorporated into the Air Europa fleet in December 2016 and had operated the route between Madrid and Buenos Aires.
Air Europea was scheduled to introduce another craft of the same model to connect Madrid with Lima, Peru, from July 2017.
The Boeing 787 Dreamliner model, with 296 seats – 22 of those in business class – consumes 20 percent less fuel than any other aircraft of the same size and can reduce flight times by 40 minutes.