Castro Flies In Style, Cubans Still Poor
Fidel appears poised to rejoin the jet-set with his new Russian presidential plane:
Cuba is buying one of Russia's most up-to-date airliners, carefully crafted for President Fidel Castro's personal comfort.Part of the Marxist-Leninist worker exchange program!
The purchase is part of an initial Cuban order for two brand new Ilyushin planes worth $110 million (£63 million) which Russian officials say is a shot in the arm for their struggling airline industry.
To head off criticism that a new presidential jet is an expensive luxury in austere times, Cuba says one of its new planes is being used to ferry workers to and from Venezuela.