JetBlue operates first U.S. commercial flight to Cuba in over 50 years

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The first regularly scheduled passenger flight between the U.S. and Cuba since the onset of the Cold War-era American embargo in the 1960s touched down in the city of Santa Clara this morning.

JetBlue Flight 387 from Fort Lauderdale landed in the central Cuban city just after 11 a.m.

Prior to Wednesday, all passenger flights between the U.S. and Cuba had been charter services, in which the operator of the flight is a different entity than the company that schedules and books the flight.

JetBlue is one of 10 airlines that have been approved by the DOT to fly from the U.S. to a total of 10 Cuban destinations. Combined, those airlines are expected to offer 20 flights per day from the U.S. to Havana beginning late this year or early next year.

The regional Florida-based carrier Silver Airways will be the next airline to commence Cuba flights when it offers its own service from Fort Lauderdale to Santa Clara beginning Thursday. 

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