|Founded||1996 (as Air Plus Comet)|
|Ceased operations||21 December 2009|
|Hubs||Madrid Barajas Airport|
|Frequent-flyer program||Club Air Comet|
|Parent company||Grupo Marsans|
|Key people||Gerardo Díaz Ferrán|
Air Comet (formerly Air Plus Comet) was an airline based in Madrid, Spain. 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 cooperated with airlines such as AeroSur through codeshare agreements.
Air Plus Comet
The airline was established on 23 December 1996 as Air Plus Comet and started operations on 1 March 1997, based at Madrid Barajas Airport. On 11 December 1996 Oasis airline ceased operations and their only aircraft, an Airbus A310, and many of their pilots, ground and office personnel, etc. became the foundation of Air Plus Comet. In the post-takeover haste, the airline lacked a commercial name and its ICAO code was MPD, which stood for the last names of its three main executives (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.
On 11 February 2009, Air Comet was suspended from the IATA Clearing House due to non-payment of its January balance. 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. Air Comet's directors announced the airline was ceasing operations owing to bankruptcy.
Air Comet flew to the following destinations:
- The Caribbean
- South America
When operations ended, the Air Comet fleet consisted of the following aircraft (as of 21 December 2009):
|Airbus A330-200||4||24||0||259||286||One of them ended in Batavia Air|
- "Oficinas Centrales." Air Comet. 10 February 2007. Retrieved on 22 June 2010.
- "dondeestamos.gif." Air Comet. 3 February 2007. Retrieved on 22 June 2010.
- Airlines Remembered; R. Leeuw - Air Plus Comet
- Air Comet - IATA
- Milenio - Air Comet cerrará sus operaciones[permanent dead link]
- Air Comet Schedules Archived 2009-02-28 at the Wayback Machine. (as of December 2009)
- Planespotters - Air Comet
Media related to Air Comet at Wikimedia Commons