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A7 (Air Comet) To JFK Question?  
User currently offlineSkyone From Mexico, joined Feb 2001, 416 posts, RR: 0
Posted (7 years 2 months 1 week 1 day 14 hours ago) and read 2661 times:

I was wondering if anyone here can tell me a little more about Air Comet and its flight MAD-JFK. I just bought a cheap ticket from MAD-JFK next friday, but I am curious about how reliable the airline is? As they only fly to JFK 2 times a week, I decided to check AENAs website to see if the airplane departed on time today. The good thing is it departed on time, the weird thing is that AENA says it was operated by a 757-200 with a stopover in Lisbon and not an A310-300 nonstop as stated in my ticket and in its web site. When checking Air Comet´s fleet, it says it only has Aibuses. By the way, I don´t mind doing a stopover in Lisbon, as long as I get to NY on friday.

Anyone knows a website where I can track this flight? Any coments will be appreciated.

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User currently offlineFermarta From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 1, posted (7 years 2 months 1 week 1 day 14 hours ago) and read 2646 times:

I hope they don't start to do things "a la Air Madrid" with unscheduled stops and delays.. Their flight today to VVI also has a stopover in Natal and it is delayed like 4 hours.

Also, recently the flight to JFK has been cancelled (at least, three times) and passengers transferred to Iberia.


User currently offlineJJJ From Spain, joined May 2006, 1721 posts, RR: 1
Reply 2, posted (7 years 2 months 1 week 1 day 14 hours ago) and read 2645 times:

Air comet is mostly a charter airline and their scheduled service isn't exactly the best around. Anyway, if you got the ticket cheap just pray and hope nothing goes wrong. They're trying to shake some bad image off and get some of the Air Madrid market so you may well be lucky.

They indeed fly the route direct with an A310, so that 757 probably meant they had to look for a quick replacement (maybe Audeli or Astraeus) as A7 don't operate any.


User currently offlineSkyone From Mexico, joined Feb 2001, 416 posts, RR: 0
Reply 3, posted (7 years 2 months 1 week 1 day 14 hours ago) and read 2625 times:

Quoting Fermarta (Reply 1):
Also, recently the flight to JFK has been cancelled (at least, three times) and passengers transferred to Iberia.

Thanks for the quick response. I don´t mind being transfer to other airline. The only idea is getting to New York, jejeje. I know I bought a really cheap ticket, so anyway they can get me there, fine with me. The only thing I ask them for is to get me on friday. Do you know if the A310 is being painted or why aren´t they operating the route with this plane?.

In december, my flight was departing just across from A7´s Bogota flight. the only thing I noticed was that the airplane was an A330 painted in Iberworld colors and not one of theirs.

Quoting JJJ (Reply 2):
They're trying to shake some bad image off and get some of the Air Madrid market so you may well be lucky.

Wow, just remembering those days I was flying from MAD T1 to some European cities (november) and saw all the people yelling at the NM counter. That makes me wonder, did I do the correct thing by buying this ticket? Well, sometimes adventure is fun.


User currently offlineBwaflyer From United Kingdom, joined Jun 2004, 689 posts, RR: 0
Reply 4, posted (7 years 2 months 1 week 1 day 12 hours ago) and read 2581 times:

Quoting JJJ (Reply 2):
They indeed fly the route direct with an A310, so that 757 probably meant they had to look for a quick replacement (maybe Audeli or Astraeus) as A7 don't operate any.

Not AEU - the USA is not within our operating area on our AOC


User currently offlineSkyone From Mexico, joined Feb 2001, 416 posts, RR: 0
Reply 5, posted (7 years 2 months 1 week 1 day 4 hours ago) and read 2508 times:

I just checked at the JFK website and it says the A7 Airplane arrived at a little pass 8 pm and was operated by a 742. Now, anyone knows the exact aircraft that operated A7 flight MAD-JFK today?

User currently offlineAlitaliaMD11 From Spain, joined Dec 2003, 4068 posts, RR: 14
Reply 6, posted (7 years 2 months 1 week 1 day 4 hours ago) and read 2505 times:

Quoting Skyone (Reply 5):
I just checked at the JFK website and it says the A7 Airplane arrived at a little pass 8 pm and was operated by a 742. Now, anyone knows the exact aircraft that operated A7 flight MAD-JFK today?

It was a 757-200 according to Flytecomm which has in some cases proved to be the most reliable source.

No doubt it was a chartered 757-200 however I am not sure who it was chartered from. Could have been from Hola or Girjet or some other airline.

My friend flew Air Comet from MAD to JFK back in June and said she had an enjoyable flight. She ended up in first class because of an issue with seating so it was a free for all and she ran up to first.



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User currently offlineRAFVC10 From Spain, joined Sep 2005, 1980 posts, RR: 7
Reply 7, posted (7 years 2 months 1 week 21 hours ago) and read 2458 times:
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I flew with Air Plus Comet last year from MAD to MBJ, with an Airbus A310-300 and was a pleasant flight.

The flight was on time and the crew were very professional.

This year, my fiancee and me, after our wedding, have planned to return there.

Anny chance to fly in the new 343 or 332?



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User currently offlineAlitaliaMD11 From Spain, joined Dec 2003, 4068 posts, RR: 14
Reply 8, posted (7 years 2 months 1 week 17 hours ago) and read 2408 times:

Quoting RAFVC10 (Reply 7):
Anny chance to fly in the new 343 or 332?

Don't think we will see them at JFK until the A310 is retired.



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User currently offlineSkyone From Mexico, joined Feb 2001, 416 posts, RR: 0
Reply 9, posted (7 years 2 months 1 week 14 hours ago) and read 2372 times:

Quoting AlitaliaMD11 (Reply 6):
It was a 757-200 according to Flytecomm which has in some cases proved to be the most reliable source.

thanks. Then, did their A313 went MX or why are they chartering another aircarft for this flight. I think the A313 is also used during the weekend to the Dominican Republic. Hopefully I will get to know the A313 next friday.


User currently offlineUSADreamliner From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 10, posted (7 years 2 months 1 week 7 hours ago) and read 2333 times:

I'm a big fan of skytrax, and according to passengers comments, Air Plus is not that great. but I guess for the price you paid, you can't complaint much.

From airlinequality.com:

"Our return flight from Madrid to JFK was delayed 4 times and left 7.5 hours late with no explanations or apologies. There was NO communication from staff; waiting passengers had to repeatedly move from one gate to another when the departing info would suddenly disappear from the display screen at the boarding gate. A contingent of passengers had to exit back though security, find the Air Plus counter in the main terminal and a near riot ensued before we were grudgingly given meal vouchers. "

"JFK-Madrid round-trip this past week. No major complaints at all. This is a no-frills airline so I didn't expect first-class treatment for the price: US$440 round-trip per person tax included. I purchased this ticket two weeks before takeoff. The next cheapest price was $650 from Iberia. The planes were basic and cramped, but all planes are these days. The food wasn't great and service was adequate."

" Seating was extra-tight (nine-across and minimal seat pitch). Food and service were adequate-plus. I'm awarding the 'plus' for the stewardesses - a throwback to an earlier era - all are beautiful, slim, (Argentine?) females. For departure they wear snazzy red suits, then for service during the flight they do a wardrobe change, into hot red smocks and slit skirts! Departure was about an hour late on both ends of the roundtrip. "

http://www.airlinequality.com/Forum/airpluscomet.htm

USADreamliner  Smile


User currently offlineAlitaliaMD11 From Spain, joined Dec 2003, 4068 posts, RR: 14
Reply 11, posted (7 years 2 months 1 week 7 hours ago) and read 2330 times:

Quoting Skyone (Reply 9):
thanks. Then, did their A313 went MX or why are they chartering another aircarft for this flight. I think the A313 is also used during the weekend to the Dominican Republic. Hopefully I will get to know the A313 next friday.

Either it went MX or it was chartered for another airline.



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User currently offlineSkyone From Mexico, joined Feb 2001, 416 posts, RR: 0
Reply 12, posted (7 years 2 months 1 week 4 hours ago) and read 2299 times:

Quoting USADreamliner (Reply 10):
I'm a big fan of skytrax, and according to passengers comments, Air Plus is not that great. but I guess for the price you paid, you can't complaint much.

Great website and lots of horror stories, jejeje. Well, I got a one way ticket for 209 Euros, can´t complain. I think it was a very cheap ticket, so the only thing I am asking for is for Air Comet to put me in NY next Friday or at the most, Saturday evening. As I saw that todays Santo Domingo flight operated with a 757, I think Air Comet has already contracted this airplane for next week flights also. Hope that my stop is in Asores, Portugal, as I would like to see that airport (today the airplane stop at Asores on its way to Santo Domingo) although yesterdays JFK flight stoped at Lisbon.

Well, the owner of the 757 they are using is still a mystery!


User currently offlineAlitaliaMD11 From Spain, joined Dec 2003, 4068 posts, RR: 14
Reply 13, posted (7 years 2 months 1 week 3 hours ago) and read 2284 times:

Quoting Skyone (Reply 12):
Well, the owner of the 757 they are using is still a mystery!

Indeed it is still a mystery however I think the A310 went tech, thus a 757-200 was chartered for the flight. All flights within the last couple of months have been with the A310.



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User currently offlineIberiaA319 From Spain, joined Sep 2005, 573 posts, RR: 39
Reply 14, posted (7 years 2 months 6 days 9 hours ago) and read 2215 times:

Quoting AlitaliaMD11 (Reply 6):
No doubt it was a chartered 757-200 however I am not sure who it was chartered from. Could have been from Hola or Girjet or some other airline.

It was EC-ISY from Hola Airlines (still with IB seats).


User currently offlineAlitaliaMD11 From Spain, joined Dec 2003, 4068 posts, RR: 14
Reply 15, posted (7 years 2 months 6 days 9 hours ago) and read 2204 times:

Quoting IberiaA319 (Reply 14):
It was EC-ISY from Hola Airlines (still with IB seats).

Hola Eric, thanks for the information. Was EC-ISY chartered because of a tech issue with one of the A310s or was Air Comet short an aircraft?


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User currently offlineSkyone From Mexico, joined Feb 2001, 416 posts, RR: 0
Reply 16, posted (7 years 2 months 6 days 7 hours ago) and read 2177 times:

Quoting IberiaA319 (Reply 14):
It was EC-ISY from Hola Airlines (still with IB seats).

Thanks for the info. I might get to fly that aircraft next friday!. Was it the one that had the Real Madrid scheme last november?

One more question, why can´t this particular aircraft make it to JFK without a stop when CO uses 757´s to BCN and in the summer also to MAD on the second flight from EWR. Or was the Lisbon stop a stop to get some extra passengers. Sorry for asking to many question and thanks in advance.


User currently offlineAlitaliaMD11 From Spain, joined Dec 2003, 4068 posts, RR: 14
Reply 17, posted (7 years 2 months 6 days 7 hours ago) and read 2174 times:

Quoting Skyone (Reply 16):
One more question, why can´t this particular aircraft make it to JFK without a stop when CO uses 757´s to BCN and in the summer also to MAD on the second flight from EWR. Or was the Lisbon stop a stop to get some extra passengers. Sorry for asking to many question and thanks in advance.

Might not be ETOPS certified?



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User currently offlineDutchjet From Netherlands, joined Oct 2000, 7864 posts, RR: 57
Reply 18, posted (7 years 2 months 6 days 7 hours ago) and read 2163 times:

Quoting Skyone (Reply 16):
One more question, why can´t this particular aircraft make it to JFK without a stop when CO uses 757´s to BCN and in the summer also to MAD on the second flight from EWR.

Not all 757s are created equal.....CO's 757-200s are among the most capable 752s around and have more range than some other 757s, so much depends on customer specification, weight options, engine options, etc. As pointed out, there is the ETOPS issue to consider. Above, its mentioned that the Hola 752 is ex-IB, IB never utilized their 757s on long range services and thus this particular 757 may not be outfitted to handle the MAD-JFK segment nonstop. And, CO's 752s are fitted with 175 seats....the Hola aircraft (I assume) has more seats, if its still in IB configuration, there are probably more than 200 seats on that airplane as IB 757s were congifured in a one class set up (all 6 abreast with 31-32 inches of pitch).....more seats means more passengers and more baggage means more weight and results in less range. There are many variables to think about.

Quoting Skyone (Reply 16):
Or was the Lisbon stop a stop to get some extra passengers.

Unlikely.....A7 does not offer seats in the LIS-JFK market so where would the pax come from?


User currently offlineSkyone From Mexico, joined Feb 2001, 416 posts, RR: 0
Reply 19, posted (7 years 2 months 6 days 7 hours ago) and read 2150 times:

Quoting Dutchjet (Reply 18):
Not all 757s are created equal

Thanks for clarifying this for me. I did fly on an IB 757 to TFN and yes, all the aircraft had the blue seats on a 6 abreast as you say. Well, it will be like flying an Iberia single isle aicraft. For the 100 euros plus tax I payed for the one way trip, I really look forward to flying this aircraft.

Quoting Dutchjet (Reply 18):
Unlikely.....A7 does not offer seats in the LIS-JFK market so where would the pax come from?

True, my mistake.


User currently offlineAlitaliaMD11 From Spain, joined Dec 2003, 4068 posts, RR: 14
Reply 20, posted (7 years 2 months 6 days 6 hours ago) and read 2140 times:

Quoting Skyone (Reply 19):
I really look forward to flying this aircraft.

Don't get your hopes up, you may very well be flying on the A310.

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