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Haiti's Sunrise Airways has announced it will change the aircraft it uses between Port au Prince and Cuba to an Airbus A320-200 from December 1, 2020.

"Sunrise Airways took advantage of these eight months of blockage to completely rethink its fleet strategy. We will now provide our passengers with a newer and more comfortable aircraft, the Airbus A320, arguably one of the most efficient and safe aircraft in its class," the Haitian carrier said.

The airline will wet-lease 9H-VDO (MSN 3136) from Alistair (Malta), Chief Executive Philippe Bayard said.

Sunrise Airways plans to use the A320 to operate to Havana International, Santiago de Cuba (3x weekly each), Holguin, and Camagüey (2x weekly each).

Prior to the pandemic, the airline wet-leased a B737-300 from Peruvian Airlines to operate its flights to Cuba, some of which operated via Santo Domingo Las Américas. It planned to upgrade to a B737-400 from the same operator during the Summer 2020 season but these plans were halted by the pandemic. Sunrise Airways restarted limited services to Cuba this month using its in-house Jetstream 32s.

The Haitian carrier used to wet-lease an A320-200 from South Africa's Global Aviation Operations in 2017 and 2018.

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