Cuban Co. Hits Airplane Biz With $138M Suit Over Defects

By Christopher Crosby (April 8, 2021, 4:24 PM BST) -- A Cuban aviation business has sued a Panamanian aircraft owner for $138 million in London, accusing it of knowingly supplying faulty airplanes that had to be grounded because of serious safety concerns. 

Aviaimport S.A. has filed a claim in the High Court accusing South American Aircraft Leasing S.A. of supplying six defective passenger jets that were grounded by the country's aviation watchdog because they had not been fixed. 

The Havana-based company leased six Antonov An-158 airplanes from the Panamanian supplier in 2012 and 2013 for $105 million, and the aircraft were sub-leased to Cuba's flagship carrier, Cubana, according to the claim.

But the fleet...

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