March 14, 2006

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.

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.
Part of the Marxist-Leninist worker exchange program!


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