Air Comet

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Air Comet
Air Comet Logo.png
IATA
A7
ICAO
MPD
Callsign
RED COMET
Founded 1996
Ceased operations 21 December 2009
Hubs Madrid Barajas Airport
Frequent-flyer program Club Air Comet
Fleet size 12 (+74 orders)
Destinations 10
Parent company Grupo Marsans
Headquarters Madrid, Spain
Key people Gerardo Díaz Ferrán
Website http://www.aircomet.com

Air Comet (formerly Air Plus Comet) was an airline based in Madrid, Spain.[1][2] It operated scheduled long-haul services from Madrid to 13 destinations in Central and South America, as well as services in Europe. Its main base was Terminal 1 at Madrid Barajas Airport. The airline worked together with well-known airlines such as AeroSur in a variety of codeshare agreements.

History[edit]

The airline was established in 23 December 1996 as Air Plus Comet and started operations in 1 March 1997, with base at Madrid Barajas Airport. On 11 December 1996 Oasis airline ceased operations and their only aircraft, an Airbus A310, and a significant part of their staff (pilots, ground and office personnel, etc.) became the foundation of Air Plus Comet. In the initial hurry just after the takeover, and not having decided any commercial name for the airline yet, the ICAO code for the company was filled in simply as MPD, which stands for the last names of their three main directives (Mata, Pascual and Díaz).

It mainly operated long-haul charter services from Madrid and Palma de Mallorca to destinations in America and the Caribbean. It relaunched as a full service carrier under the Air Comet name in January 2007. It was wholly owned by Grupo Marsans.

In January 2007, Air Comet took over some of the now defunct Air Madrid airline's Latin American routes.

Financial troubles and bankruptcy[edit]

Air Comet Airbus A310-300 at Madrid-Barajas
Air Comet Airbus A320-211 (EC-KBM) lands at Almería International Airport

On 11 February 2009, Air Comet has been suspended from IATA Clearing House due to non-payment of January balance.[1]

On 21 December 2009, a High Court in London emitted a verdict favouring the German bank HSH Nordbank, which had sued Air Comet for not meeting the terms of payment for their leased aircraft. Therefore, the airline became legally unable to either operate their four A330-200s or sell any fare tickets, so Air Comet's directors announced the airline was ceasing operations due to bankruptcy.[3]

Destinations[edit]

Air Comet flew to the following destinations [2] (as of December 2009):

Europe
North America
South America

Fleet[edit]

Air Comet Airbus A310 landing at Madrid Barajas Airport, Spain. (2005)

By the time of ceasing operations the Air Comet fleet consisted of the following aircraft (as of 21 December 2009) [3]:

Air Comet Fleet
Aircraft Total Passengers Notes
F C Y Total
Airbus A320-211 3 0 12 156 168
Airbus A330-200 4 24 0 259 286 One of them ended in Batavia Air
Airbus A340-300 2 6
30
42
28
204
227
252
255

As of 19 February 2009, the average age of the Air Comet fleet was 12.2 years ([4]).

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Oficinas Centrales." Air Comet. 10 February 2007. Retrieved on 22 June 2010.
  2. ^ "dondeestamos.gif." Air Comet. 3 February 2007. Retrieved on 22 June 2010.
  3. ^ Air Comet cerrará sus operaciones

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