Air Madrid

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Air Madrid
Air Madrid logo.svg
IATA ICAO Callsign
NMDRDALADA AIR
Founded2003
Ceased operations16 December 2006
Hubs Madrid Barajas Airport
Fleet size10
Parent company Grupo Marsans
Headquarters San Sebastián de los Reyes, Community of Madrid, Spain
Key peopleJosé Luis Carrillo, President
Website www.airmadrid.com

Air Madrid Líneas Aéreas S.A. was an airline headquartered in San Sebastián de los Reyes, Community of Madrid, Spain, [1] operating services to Spain, Tenerife, Mexico, South America, Central America, Europe and Israel. It suspended its operations on 15 December 2006, leaving more than 330,000 passengers stranded in Latin America and Spain. Air Comet took over the Latin American routes, but has now ceased operations as well.

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History

The airline was established in 2003 and, in May 2004, started operations with the delivery of two Airbus A330-200 aircraft. It was owned by Celuisma (20%), Hotusa (20%), Herpil (12.5%), Catalonia Hoteles (10%), Quo Viajes (10%), Viajes Eroski (10%) and others. Air Madrid planned to start a new short-haul scheduled arm to provide feeder traffic to its long-haul flights from Madrid. It also had talks to lease five Airbus A320 aircraft for services to Amsterdam, Frankfurt, London, Milan and Paris. [2]

In September 2006, the company had started experiencing longer-than-usual delays and several cancellations, with delays of up to 60 hours on flights to Latin America. As reported in El País, most of these delays were triggered by Spanish aviation authorities for safety reasons, refusing to allow certain aircraft to operate due to poor maintenance. After an investigation, the Dirección General de Aviación Civil recommended limiting Air Madrid's flights or suspending their licence altogether. [3]

The International Air Transport Association (IATA) announced that Air Madrid was suspended from IATA operations worldwide on December 15, 2006 following confirmation that the airline had ceased operations. On 16 December 2006, Air Madrid suspended all flights, leaving thousands of people stranded, as a consequence of a Spanish government investigation into its operations and due to constant customer complaints regarding poor service, which resulted in the cancellation of its operational licence.

Air Comet signed a deal with the Spanish government to take over the Latin American routes formerly operated by Air Madrid. The airline took on 53% of the Air Madrid workforce and agreed to fly back stranded passengers. [4]

Destinations

Fleet

Air Madrid Airbus A319. Airbus A319-132 - Air Madrid - EC-JQU - LEMD.jpg
Air Madrid Airbus A319.
Air Madrid Airbus A330. Airbus A330-223 - Air Madrid (Novair) - SE-RBG - LEMD.jpg
Air Madrid Airbus A330.

The Air Madrid fleet consisted of the following aircraft (as of November 2006): [5]

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References

  1. "Servicios Centrales." Air Madrid. 15 December 2006. Retrieved on 6 September 2009.
  2. Airliner World, September 2005
  3. Otero, Lara. "Aviación Civil aconseja limitar los vuelos de Air Madrid o retirar su licencia." El País . Friday 3 November 2006. Retrieved on 14 November 2012.
  4. Flight International, 23–29 January 2007
  5. Air Madrid fleet details. airfleets.net
  6. EI-ELH Amentum Aircraft Leasing Airbus A340-300 - cn 007

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