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APZ-2005-02 737-300 1ST WINGLETS
FORMED IN 1996 AND STARTED OPERATIONS IN 1997. NAMED "AIR PLUS COMET," BUT DBA "AIR COMET." INTERNATIONAL, SCHEDULED & CHARTER, PASSENGER & CARGO, JET AIRPLANE SERVICES.
EDIFICIO AIR PLUS
C/ BAHIA DE POLLENSA, 21-23,
MADRID 28042, SPAIN
SPAIN (KINGDOM OF SPAIN) WAS ESTABLISHED IN 1479, IT COVERS AR AREA OF 504,750 SQ KM, ITS POPULATION IS 41 MILLION, ITS CAPITAL CITY IS MADRID, AND ITS OFFICIAL LANGUAGE IS SPANISH.
MARCH 1997: AIR COMET (APZ) FLIES ROUTES FROM PALMA TO NEW YORK, VIA MADRID, & PALMA TO CARIBBEAN, VIA MADRID. THESE WERE ROUTES OF "OASIS AIRLINES" WHICH CEASED OPERATIONS IN MARCH 1997. NEW ROUTE FROM BARCELONA TO VARADERO (CUBA).
OWNED BY VIAJE MARSAN TRAVEL AGENCY. GONZALO PASCUAL IS THE AIR COMET (APZ) PRESIDENT, AS WELL AS PRESIDENT OF SPANAIR (SPP) & OWNER OF VIAJE MARSAN.
2 A310-324'S (PW4152) (451; 455), UT FINANCE LEASED INITIALLY FLIES ON BEHALF OF SPANAIR (SPP).
JUNE 1997: OWNERS INCLUDE AUTOBUSES URBANOS DEL SUR, TRANSPORTES DE CERCANIAS, SEGETUR, AND PROTURIN.
1 A310-324 (455). HOPES TO ADD +2 A310'S BY 1998.
MARCH 1998: A310-324 (451) RETURNED FROM AIR CAMEROON (CAM).
APRIL 1998: THE USA DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATION (DOT) OK'S RENEWAL OF CHARTER COMBI SERVICE TO USA.
JANUARY 1999: A310-324ET (542), AIRBUS (EDS) LEASED, NOT TAKEN UP.
JULY 1999: STARTS OPERATIONS ARGENTINA TO CANCUN; HAVANA AMD VARADERO, CUBA; ISLA MARGARITA, VENEZUELA; PUNTA CANA, DOMINICAN REPUBLIC; CARTAGENA, COLOMBIA; SAN JOSE, COSTA RICA; & ARUBA.
THROUGH AN AFFILIATE IN USA, WILL ALSO OPERATE CHARTERS TO NEW YORK, BOSTON, AND CHICAGO.
A310-324 (542, EC-HFB) DELIVERY.
AUGUST 1999: A310-304 (492, EC-AXN) DELIVERY, EX-AUSTRIAN AIRLINES (AUL).
NOVEMBER 1999: THE USA DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATION (DOT) OK'S CHARTER SERVICE, ARGENTINA - USA, & PUERTO RICO, TO BE OPERATED AS "AIR PLUS ARGENTINA." AIR PLUS ARGENTINA'S STOCK IS OWNED 70% BY A URUGUAYAN CORPORATION.
DECEMBER 1999: THE (DOT) OK'S CHARTER OPERATIONS, SPAIN TO USA.
1 A310-324, EX-AUSTRIAN AIRLINES (AUL), MODIFIED TO 254 PASSENGER CONFIGURATION BY AIR FRANCE INDUSTRIES (AFA).
JANUARY 2000: 1 A310-324 (542, EC-HFB) WET-LEASED TO KENYA AIRWAYS (KEN).
FEBRUARY 2000: AIR PLUS ARGENTINA TO START SERVICES TO DOMINICAN REPUBLIC, AND PUERTO RICO.
PLANS TO START CARGO SERVICES.
MARCH 2000: 2 A310-324'S (451; 455) OPERATE FOR (APZ) ARGENTINA. 1 A310-300, LEASED TO HAPAG LLOYD (HAP).
APRIL 2000: MAIN BASE IS AT MADRID.
1 A310-300 (PW4152) (489), EX-AUSTRIAN AIRLINES (AUL), (ILF) LEASED. A310-324ET (492, EC-HFQ) WET-LEASED TO HAPAG LLOYD (HAP).
JULY 2000: 1 ORDER A340-300.
SEPTEMBER 2000: (DOT) OK'S MALAGA - NEW YORK (JFK) (A310, 245 PAX, NONSTOP 2/WEEK).
MAY ADD +3 A340'S IN 2001.
NOVEMBER 2000: 1 A310-324 (542, EI-HFB), RETURNED TO MAGELLAN.
MAY 2001: (http://www.aircomet.com).
1 A310-324 (443), PEMBROKE (PEB) LEASED, EX-SINGAPORE AIRLINES (SIA).
AUGUST 2001: AIR PLUS ARGENTINA OPS BUENOS AIRES - SAN JUAN (A310, 2/WEEK) WHILE (APZ)'S A310'S ARE ON LAYOVER PERIODS, BETWEEN TRANSATLANTIC SERVICES.
DECEMBER 2001: 190 EMPLOYEES.
APRIL 2002: SITA: MADDD2Z.
MAY 2002: 2 A310-300'S, EX-OMAN AIR (OMR), (ILF) 5 YEAR LEASED.
August 2002: Sister airline, Aerolineas Argentinas (ARG) operates an A340-200 from Madrid to Puerto Vallarta (Mexico) on behalf of Air Plus Comet (APZ).
September 2002: 1 A310-300, bought from Hapag Lloyd (HAP).
December 2002: A310-324 (443, EC-HVB) returned to Pembroke (PEB).
January 2003: Buenos Aires - St Maarten - Punta Cana (A310, Saturday charter flights). Buenos Aires - San Juan - Punta Cana (A310, Sunday charters)
March 2003: Air Plus Comet (APZ) operates holiday charters from Madrid and Palma de Mallorca, to Aruba, Cancun, Caribe, Cartagena, Margarita Island, New York, and Toronto.
Parent organization/shareholders: Privately held.
April 2003: Operates a weekly Toronto - Malaga charter for Red Seal Vacations.
June 2003: 300 employees. (email@example.com).
July 2003: 1 737-33A (23827), Norwegian partnership leased, ex-Aviation Partners Boeing (used to test and certify winglets). 747-200B (21938, EC-IPN), ex-Aerolineas Argentinas (ARG), Pegasus (PSS) leased, for routes to the Caribbean. A310-325 (PW4156) (642), ex-Oman Air (OMR), (ILF) 5 year leased.
December 2003: In January 2004, resumes Toronto - Malaga (weekly charter) for Sunwing Vacations.
January 2004: Received scheduled authority for Madrid - Buenos Aires.
February 2004: 747-200B (21938) short-term wet-leased to MyTravel Airways (GUE), for 4 flights Manchester - Calgary.
May 2004: Code share with Aerolineas Argentinas (ARG), Madrid - Zurich (737-300, 3/week).
May 2004: In October 2004, Madrid - Zurich, Aerolineas Argentinas (ARG) operations.
A300B2K-2C (090, TC-SGA), bought from Japan Airlines Domestic (JAS), wet-leased to Saga (SGZ).
June 2004: Aerolineas Argentionas (ARG) replaced an Air Plus Comet (APZ) 737-300 with an (ARG) MD-88 to operate services from Madrid to London Gatwick, Milan (MXP), & Paris (CDG). (APZ) continues to operate to other European services on behalf of (ARG) using A310-300's.
737-33A (24027), ex-Air France (AFA), AWAS (AWW) leased. 747-287B (22592, EC-IZL) transferred from (ARG), wet-leased to Corsair (COR).
July 2004: 747-200B, ex-Aerolineas Argentinas (ARG), wet-leased to Surinam Airways (SUR).
October 2004: In November 2004, Madrid - Lima (2/week). Madrid - Rome (FCO) (2/week).
November 2004: 747-287B (21726, LV-MCP) transferred from Aerolineas Argentinas (ARG).
June 2005: 747-267B (22593, EC-JJG), & MD-88 (53351, EC-JKC), ex-Aerolineas Argentinas (ARG).
October 2005: MD-83 (49943, LV-BDE), for Air Plus Dominicana operations.
November 2005: TRAX USA was selected by Air Plus Comet (APZ) to implement the TRAX maintenance software, becoming the 48th operator to choose TRAX. Air Plus Comet (APZ) operates a fleet of 747-200s, 737-300s and A310-300s.
MD-88 (53446, LV-VGB), Aerolineas Argentinas (ARG) wet-leased.
December 2005: A310-324 (451, EC-GMU), wet-leased to Aerolineas Argentinas (ARG).
April 2006: International Lease Finance Corp (ILF) repossessed Air Plus Comet (APZ) A310-325 (642, EC-IPT) at New York (JFK) because of unpaid financial obligations.
July 2006: At Farnborough, parent Spain's Grupo Marsans signed a Memo of Understanding (MOU) with Airbus (EDS) to purchase 12 A330-200s plus 10 options for delivery in 2008 and 2009. They will replace 747-200s operated by Grupo Marsans subsidiaries and also provide growth.
November 2006: Air Plus Comet (APZ) operates scheduled services within Europe and holiday charter jet airplane flights from Madrid and Palma de Mallorca, primarily to the Americas, and the Caribbean.
(IATA) Code: A7 - 352. (ICAO) Code: MPD (Callsign - RED COMET).
Parent organization/shareholders: Grupo Marsans (100%).
Alliances: Air Europa (ARE).
(firstname.lastname@example.org). SITA: MADDDA7.
Domestic, Scheduled Destinations: Barcelona; & Madrid.
International, Scheduled Destinations: Beijing; Bogota; Lima; Milan; Munich; New York; Puerta Plata; Rome; Santo Domingo; & Shanghai.
December 2006: 747-287B (22592, EC-IZL), wet-leased to AeroSur (REO).
January 2007: Airbus (EDS) said it finalized an order at the end of 2006 from Spanish tour operator Air Plus Comet (APZ) and Aerolineas Argentinas (ARG) parent, Grupo Marsans for 12 A330-200s plus 10 options valued at about $2 billion. The commitment had been announced at last July's Farnborough Airshow.
Grupo Marsans said the (PW4000)-powered airplanes will be configured for 280 passengers in two classes, and will be used to replace 747-200s. Some will be operated by (ARG) and another of its airline subsidiaries, (APZ) of Spain. Marsans also agreed yesterday to lease two A340-300s for delivery this year. President, Gonzalo Pascual said the new airplanes will "support our sustained growth in Latin America."
A340-311 (015, EC-KAJ), Marsans Group leased, in new livery, delivery - see photo.
February 2007: A310-324 (451, EC-GMU) has new livery - see photo. A320-211 (426, EC-KBM), ex-Air Canada (ACN), leased. A330-243 (461, EC-IDB), Iberworld (IBW) wet-leased.
March 2007: A330-223 (822, EC-KDF), Eurofly (EUY), wet-leased.
June 2007: Starts Madrid - Havana, using A310/A330s.
July 2007: A320-211 (662, EC-KIK), delivery, ex-(N662AR), and A340-312 (007, EC-KHU), deliveries.
October 2007: Barcelona International Airport's new Sur terminal will be used by 42 airlines, including Oneworld (ONW) members and "associates" Clickair (CLK) plus Air Nostrum, and Star Alliance (SAL) members plus affiliates Air Comet (APZ) and Aerolineas Argentinas (ARG), Spanish airports operator (Aena) announced. Vueling Airlines (VUZ) also will operate from the new terminal. SkyTeam (STM) carriers, which requested to operate out of T Sur, instead will have exclusive use of the existing Terminal A, while other low-cost operators and airlines without intercontinental flights, will operate out of the B and C terminals.
(ARG) and (APZ) parent Grupo Marsans, the Spanish tourism and transport giant, yesterday signed a Memo of Understanding (MOU) with Airbus (EDS) for four A380s, 10 A350-900s, five A330-200s, five A321s, 25 A320s and 12 A319s. No catalog value or engine choice was announced in conjunction with the order, which follows Marsans' 2006 commitment for 12 A330-200s. "This purchase is an important step for us at Grupo Marsans in our development. It demonstrates our commitment to enhancing our group's position on the short- and long-haul networks by incorporating the most efficient airplanes on the market today," President, Gonzalo Pascual said, noting that "with the A380, we will become the first A380 customer and operator in Spain and South America." Some of the new airplanes may be destined for Spanair (SPP), which was partially established by Pascual, and which Marsans is expected to attempt to acquire from the (SAS) Group.
(ARG) and (APZ) parent, Grupo Marsans, the Spanish tourism and transport giant, is planning to deploy its four A380s on Madrid - Buenos Aires service, but its desire to boost capacity to Mexico City, may force it to increase its order. Marsans President, President Gonzalo Pascual said at Monday's Singapore Airlines (SIA) delivery ceremony in Toulouse, that "for Mexico City, we need two more A380s. That's what we have now under consideration." The company signed a Memo of Understanding (MOU) with (EDS) for 61 airplanes last week.
December 2007: Grupo Marsans said that it has made a formal offer for (SAS) subsidiary Spanair (SPP) and that it expects a reply in early 2008, according to press reports from Madrid. Marsans' business plan reportedly includes the opening of a hub in Barcelona.
January 2008: Panasonic Avionics said Grupo Marsans selected Panasonic eX2, In-Flight Entertainment (IFE) systems for installation on 12 A330-200s operated by Aerolineas Argentinas (ARG) and Air Comet (APZ). The first delivery is scheduled for August.
February 2008: Iberia (IBE) is in, and Grupo Marsans (APZ) is out, as the sale of (SAS) Group subsidiary, Spanair (SPP) took a dramatic turn. Marsans presented a formal offer in December, but later withdrew its interest, with a spokesperson telling "Thomson Financial" that the tourism conglomerate which counts Aerolineas Argentinas (ARG) among its subsidiaries, "feels a bit betrayed" by (SAS)'s decision not to keep the bidding private. Meanwhile, (IBE) released a statement saying it would launch a bid for (SPP) along with private aviation company Grupo Gestar, "Thomson" reported. SEE ATTACHED - "(APZ)-PLANS-MAR08."
Grupo Marsans exercised options to purchase (PW4000-100)s to power five new A330s to be delivered beginning in 2010. The A330s, part of an order for 12 of the type placed at last year's Paris Air Show, will be operated by Grupo Marsans subsidiaries (APZ) and (ARG). The deal is valued at more than >$285 million, including a maintenance agreement.
August 2008: Grupo Marsans took delivery of its first directly purchased A330-200 for its Air Comet (APZ) subsidiary. The (PW4000)-powered, 283-seat airplane is part of an order for 17 A330-200s placed in December 2006.
October 2008: Subsidiary, Air Comet Chile (AES) ceased operations on October 31st. The airplane was flying 6 737-200s and operated scheduled flights from Santiago to Puerto Montt and Punta Arenas. It was originally founded by Aerolineas del Sur (AES) and adopted the Air Comet Chile (AES) (http://www.aircometchile.cl) brand following a take over by Grupo Marsans of Spain. It was Chile's third largest airline. SEE ATTACHED PHOTO - - "APZ-737-200-OCT08."
December 2008: A330-223 (970, EC-KXB), delivery.
January 2009: A330-223 (979, EC-KYC), delivery.
March 2009: Pratt & Whitney announced that its (PW4000-100) engine with the Advantage 70 upgrade completed its first test flight aboard an Air Comet (APZ) A330-200 in Toulouse. The test program will continue through early April. The (PW4000-100) is designed to deliver 70,000 lbs thrust for the A330 and will enter revenue service on the (APZ) A330-200 and an Air Caraibes (GUP) A330-300 in the summer. Advantage 70 offers a -1% reduction in fuel consumption and increased durability, Pratt said.
October 2009: Air Comet (APZ) currently flies mostly package tourists from Madrid to Buenos Aires, Bogota, Guayaquil, Havana, Lima, Quito, and Santa Cruz.
December 2009: Air Comet (APZ), which specialized in flights to Latin America, suspended all operations and had its Air Operator's Certificate (AOC) revoked by Spanish authorities.
Parent company Grupo Marsans issued a statement cited by press reports from Spain saying that (APZ) will file for bankruptcy protection. It said a UK High Court ruling that (HSH) Nordbank of Germany could foreclose on (APZ) assets included a prohibition on using its airplanes or selling tickets, precipitating the shutdown. It operated a fleet of 13 Airbus (EDS) airplanes and employed some 640 people, most of whom will be let go. (APZ)'s website is now offline.
According to "Agence France Presse," (APZ) owes €17 million/$24.4 million in airplane lease payments to Nordbank in addition to €7 million in back pay to employees. Workers have staged job actions in recent weeks in protest over the arrears.
Marsans had intended to sell (APZ) to a Dutch company, which then failed to make the required payments, "Dow Jones" said. Former Marsans subsidiary, Aerolineas Argentinas (ARG) was renationalized by the Argentine government last year. In November 2008, Marsans signed a contract with (EDS) for four A380s, 10 A350-900s, five A330-200s, five A321s, 25 A320s and 12 A319s. It also ordered 12 A330-200s in 2006.
June 2010: The cabin crew (CA) employees of Air Comet (APZ) have produced a nude calendar to publicize their battle to recoup lost wages. The photos feature flight attendants (CA) in various flight-related poses, including one in which a nude woman is reclining precariously on a jet engine clad only in an emergency flotation vest. The women are hoping to generate publicity about the nine months of lost wages claimed by the 600 cabin crew (CA) members and possibly earn enough to fund their legal battle against Air Comet (APZ).
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APZ-A310 EC-GMU FEB07
APZ-MD-80 EC-KBA FEB07
2 737-2T7 (JT8D-17 HK) (850-22761, /82 CC-CFD "MAGALLANES;" 856-22762, /82 CC-CJP "TARAPACA" - - SEE ATTACHED PHOTO - - "APZ-737-200-2008-10."), (AWW) LSD. AIR COMET CHILE (AES) OPS. GROUNDED 2008-10. 8C, 94Y.
1 737-217 (JT8D-17 HK) (672-22256, /80 CC-CJM), (AWW) LSD 2005-05. AIR COMET CHILE (AES) OPS. GROUNDED 2008-10. 8C, 94Y.
1 737-228 (JT8D-15A) (937-23002, /83 CC-CSW), TRITON AV LSD 2007-02. 8C, 94Y.
1 737-236 (JT8D-15A) (686-21804, /80 CC-CZK - SEE ATTACHED PHOTO - - "APZ-737-200-2008-10."), AIR COMET CHILE (AES) OPS. GROUNDED 2008-10. 8C, 94Y.
1 737-281 (JT8D-9A) (293-20562, /72 CC-CSK), (ARG) LSD. AIR COMET CHILE (AES) OPS. GROUNDED 2008-10. 8C, 94Y.
0 737-33A (CFM56-3B2) (1444-23827, /87 EC-IPS), NORWEGIAN PARTNERSHIP LSD 2003-07. WINGLETS. RTND. 148Y.
0 737-33A (CFM56-3B2) (1597-24027, EC-IZM), EX-(AFA), (AWW) LSD 2004-06. RTND. 148Y.
1 747-212B (JT9D-7Q) (436-21938, /80 EC-IPN), EX-(ARG), (PSS) LSD 2003-07. WET-LST (SUR) 2004-07. 46C, 352Y.
1 747-267B (552-22593, EC-JJG), (ARG) LSD 2005-06.
1 747-287B (JT9D-7Q) (403-21726, /79 EC-JDH), XFRD FROM (ARG) 2004-11. 46C, 346Y.
1 747-287B (JT9D-7Q) (532-22592, /81 EC-IZL), EX-(ARG) 2004-06, WET-LST (COR). WET-LST (REO) 2006-12. 46C, 346Y.
1 747-287B (JT9D-7Q) (552-22593, /82 EC-JJG), EX-(ARG) 2005-06. 46C, 346Y.
1 MD-80 (EC-KBA - SEE PHOTO).
1 MD-83 (JT8D-219) (1887-49943, /90 LV-BDE), (ALA) WET-LSD FOR (APZ) DOMINICANA OPS 2005-10. 160Y.
2 MD-88 (JT8D-219) (2043-53351, /93 EC-JKC, 6/05; 2046-53446, /93 EC-JOI, 2005-11), EX-(ARG). 12C, 131Y.
1 A300B2K-2C (CF6-50C2R) (090, TC-SGA), BF (JAS), WET-LST (SGZ) 2004-05. 298Y.
0 A310-324 (PW4152) (443, EC-HVB), EX-(SIA), (PEB) LSD 2001-05, RTND 2002-12.
2 A310-324 (PW4152) (451, /88 EC-GMU - SEE PHOTO; 455, /88 EC-GOT "ANDALUCIA NO HAY MAS QUE UNA"), UT FINANCE LSD, OPS FOR AIR PLUS ARGENTINA, 451 WET-LST (ARG) 2005-12. 12F, 242Y.
0 A310-324 (PW4152) (489, EC-HLA), EX-(AUL), (ILF) LSD 2000-04, WET-LST (HAP) TIL 2000-08, RTND 2003-12. 12F, 242Y.
0 A310-324 (PW4152) (492, EC-HFQ), (AFIS) LSD 1999-08, EX-(AUL), WET-LST (HAP) 2000-04, RTND. 12F, 242Y.
0 A310-324 (PW4152) (542, EC-HFB), PARTNAIRS LSD 1999-07, WET-LST (KEN) 2000-01, RTND 2000-11.
0 A310-324 (PW4152) (594, /91 EC-HAL), KERINO INVESTMENTS LSD 2003-01, RTND. 12F, 242Y.
0 A310-324 (PW4152) (624), EX-(AUL), (AFA) MOD, LSD 1999-12, RTND. 12F, 242Y.
1 A310-325 (PW4156A) (640, /92 EC-IHV, 2002-05; 642, /92 EC-IPT, 2003-07), EX-(OMR), (ILF) 6 YR LSD. 642 REPOSSESSED BY (ILF) AT (JFK) 2006-04. 12F, 242Y.
2 A320-211 (CFM56-5A1) (426, 2007-02; 662, EC-KIK, 2007-07), EX-(ACN), LSD. 20C, 120Y.
2 A330-202 (205, EC-KIL; 211, EC-KIM), (ILF) LSD 2007-07.
1 A330-223 (822, EC-KDF), (EUY) WET-LSD 2007-03.
2 +10/10 ORDERS A330-223 (PW4000-100) (962; 970, EC-KXB, 2008-12; 979, EC-KYC, 2009-01; 1002*; 1019; 1031*; 1034; 1039; 1042), *WAS INTENDED FOR AEROLINEAS ARGENTINAS (ARG), NOW TO BE LEASED TO FEEL AIR (FEN). 283 PAX:
1 A330-243 (TRENT 772B-60) (461, /02 EC-IDB - SEE PHOTO), (IBW) WET-LSD 2007-02. 338Y.
0 A340-200, (ARG) WET-LSD 2002-09, RTND.
2 A340-311 (013, EC-KCT, 2007-04; 015, EC-KAJ, 2007-01 - SEE PHOTO IN NEW LIVERY), MARSANS GROUP LSD.
1 A340-312 (007, EC-KHU, 2007-07).
4 ORDERS A380.
GONZALO PASCUAL, PRESIDENT, ALSO (SPP) PRESIDENT & OWNER OF VIEJE MARSAN.
ANTONIO MATA, PRESIDENT & CHIEF EXECUTIVE OFFICER (CEO).
LUIS LUPORI, PRESIDENT (APZ) ARGENTINA.
MIGUEL MAGGI, GENERAL MANAGER (APZ) ARGENTINA.
CARLOS GONZALEZ, MAINTENANCE MANAGER (APZ) ARGENTINA.