Airline begins charter flights from Del. to Cuba

Screen shot 2015-09-02 at 8.42.16 AMA charter operator has begun offering flights from Delaware to Cuba.

JFI Jets is now offering flight services to Cuba from the New Castle Airport, according to Delaware Business Daily, which reported “further information would be forthcoming.”

President Barack Obama said in early July the United States and Cuba would restore full diplomatic relations and open embassies in each country’s capitals, opening the possibility for increased travel between the two.

Here’s more from Delaware Business Daily:

The long-range Gulfstream IV-SP (GIV-SP) and a transcontinental Gulfstream 200 (G200) are immediately available for charter, according to the company. The jet, as of 2010, sold for about $38 million new.
The 12-seat GIV-SP has a range of 4,200 nautical miles that allows for international flights The G-IVSP jet offers 12 individual seats, including eight captain’s chairs and a four place conference seating area for business meetings or family dining. The jets are also suited for shorter trips, the company stated.
The other new fleet addition is the G200 super-midsize jet that can travel across the country. The jet seats nine passengers has six feet, nine inches, stand-up headroom – exceeding all other aircraft in its category. The aircraft also offers the largest baggage capacity of any aircraft in its class.

The announcement of JFI Jets’ additional flight comes on the heels of American Airlines dropping direct flights from Philadelphia to Tel Aviv.

The airline company said the route had yet to make a profit after six years in operation, but anonymous sources told Israeli newspaper Haaretz that profitability was not the issue.

“American made the decision due to the OneWorld global alliance, whose members include Arab carriers like Qatar Airways and Royal Jordanian and the carrier of the Muslim-majority Asian country Malaysia,” the anonymous source told the newspaper.

By Kenneth Hilario, Philadelphia Business Journal

August 31, 2015

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