In light of Delta’s resumption of regular flights from the U.S. to Havana this week for the first time in 55 years, here's a look at Delta’s history in Cuba:
1946: Chicago and Southern Air Lines begins daily direct service to Havana from New Orleans and Houston. An ad describes the route as “The Havana Limited” on the “world’s fastest, most luxurious DC-4” with “bright, spacious lavatories.”
1953 - 1961: Delta merges with Chicago & Southern and inherits HAV routes. Delta’s HAV routes were part of the airline’s first international routes to the Caribbean and Caracas. Between 1953 and 1955, the airline operated as “Delta-C&S" before reverting to “Delta” in 1995. Delta continues service to HAV for eight years.
December 1961: Delta halts flights to Cuba in the wake of the Castro revolution.
2002 - 2004: Delta partners with Marazul Charters, a New York travel agency, to operate Saturday-only roundtrip charter flights between JFK-HAV, operated on a Delta Shuttle Boeing 737-800 aircraft. The service started as a two-month agreement which was extended until 2004.
2011 - 2012: Due to eased government restrictions, Delta resumed HAV service through Marazul Charters, operating more than 240 charter flights from JFK, ATL and MIA over a year and a half.
December 2014: President Obama and Cuban leader Fidel Castro announce plans to normalize relations between the United States and Cuba.
Aug. 31, 2016: Delta receives government approvals to launch nonstop, scheduled service to Cuba.
Dec. 1, 2016: Delta resumes regular commercial service between ATL, JFK, MIA and Havana.
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