|A Cubana Tu-204 at the MAKS Airshow in 2007. Credit: Wikipedia|
Using data from AirFleets.net, the Motley Fool listed the fleet age of top 15 airlines in the U.S. I added Cubana to the list, below, so you can see how it compares to U.S.-based airlines.
- Virgin America -- 5 years
- Spirit Airlines -- 5.2 years
- Republic Airways -- 5.5 years
- JetBlue -- 7.4 years
- Frontier Airlines -- 8.2 years
- Alaska Air -- 9.6 years
- Hawaiian Airlines -- 10 years
- AirTran -- 10.9 years
- SkyWest -- 11 years
- Southwest Airlines -- 11.7 years
- US Airways -- 12.1 years
- American Airlines -- 13.6 years
- United Airlines -- 13.6 years
- Cubana -- 15.8 years
- Delta Air Lines -- 16.9 years
- Allegiant Travel -- 22 years
Some of the information that is reported to aircraft tracking sites isn't accurate.
For instance, a site called One Spotter lists as active the registration of a Cubana Antonov An-24RV aircraft built in 1973.
The plane, with a tail number of CU-C1257, is a cargo plane. And at 42, it would be the oldest plane in Cubana's fleet. But another site, Irish Air Pics, says the Antonov has been retired and converted into a restaurant in Santa Clara.
AirFleets says Cubana operates four models of aircraft. They are listed below along with their number, average age and age as compared to other airlines.
- 1 Airbus A319: 13.3 years. Of 131 airlines operating this type of aircraft, Cubana ranks 106.
- 4 Airbus A320: 20 years. Of 239 airlines operating this type of aircraft, Cubana ranks 212.
- 1 ATR 42/72: 13.7 years. Of 161 airlines operating this type of aircraft, Cubana ranks 92
- 4 Iliouchine Il-96: 12.7. Of 3 airlines operating this type of aircraft Cubana ranks 2.
American airliner used plane that crashed in Cuba