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
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.