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Mint Airways

Mint Airways
Mint Airways Boeing 757 at Hannover Airport
IATA ICAO Callsign
IM MIC MINT AIRWAYS
Commenced operations 2009
Ceased operations 2012
Operating bases
Fleet size Fleet below
Headquarters Madrid, Spain

Mint Airways was an airline based in Madrid, Spain.[1]

Contents

  • History 1
  • Code data 2
  • Fleet 3
  • References 4
  • External links 5

History

Mint Airways was founded on 3 June 2009 by Inter-Flights —part of the International Flights Network SA, a Spanish company with its headquarters in Madrid.[2] It began operating charter services from Madrid-Barajas airport using a Boeing 757 aircraft.[1]

The airline soon added another 757 to its fleet[3][4] and, towards the end of 2010, a McDonnell Douglas MD-83 from Swiftair was also made part of the airline, although only for a brief period. During the first eighteen months of operation Mint Airways got wet lease contracts for Thomas Cook Airlines, Atlas Blue, Royal Air Maroc, Air Mediterranee, Axis Airways, Nouvelair, Tunisair, Blue Panorama, Air Italy and Spanair. Together with Pullmantur Air and Iberworld it also found a niche in the lucrative transport of pilgrims to Hajj from Southeast Asia.[5]

Mint Airways began facing financial difficulties after Comtel Air —an Austrian airline with which it had a leasing contract— filed for bankruptcy in late 2011.[6] Following a scandal in which Comtel Air flight crew asked stranded passengers to pay for the aircraft fuel,[7] Mint Airways initiated legal action against Comtel.[8]

Mint Airways became insolvent on 22 May 2012 —less than three years after having started—[9] following which it ceased all operations.[10][11]

Code data

  • ICAO Code: MIC (not current)

Fleet

References

  1. ^ a b - AVIÓN REVUE; 3 June 2009Presentada Mint Airways
  2. ^ Directorio de empresas - International Flights Network SA (en liquidación)
  3. ^ a b Planespotters - Mint Airways
  4. ^ World Airline News - Mint Airways adds its second Boeing 757-200
  5. ^ Pullmantur e Iberworld explotan el filón del viaje de peregrinos a La MecaCinco Días, 8-11-2010 /
  6. ^ Aviation Corner / Apuros para Mint Airways tras la quiebra de Comtel
  7. ^ abcNews - Airline Makes Stranded Passengers Pay for Fuel
  8. ^ Mint Airways emprenderá acciones legales contra la aerolínea Comtel AirEuropapress -
  9. ^ Mint Airways se declara insolventeHosteltur -
  10. ^ SNZM Aero/News - Mint Airways suspende operaciones
  11. ^ Adiós a Mint Airways

External links

  • Media related to at Wikimedia Commons
  • Airline history; Spain
  • Cierra Mint Airways
  • 23 de Julio de 2012Aviación mundial en turbulencia,El Mundo -
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