Lisbon - The Portuguese carrier Hi Fly specialized in wet lease operations will acquire two used Airbus A380, formerly operated by Singapore Airlines.
Hi Fly will become the first operator of used superjumbos that were returned to the lessor Dr. Peters Group at the end of contract term last November.
The first A380 should join the Hi Fly fleet in June. Both superjumbo registered as 9V-SKA ( MSN003 ) and 9V-SKB (MSN005), are painted in white and currently parked at Tarbes site of Tarmac Aerosave.
Hi Fly CEO Paulo Mirpuri had expressed his interest in the two A380 at the end of August 2017, when a configuration of 560 seats in two classes was mentioned.
These crewed superjumbos could convince airlines requiring a one-off capacity increase. For instance, Royal Air Maroc and Tunisair are regular customers of Hi Fly during the pilgrimage.
Singapore's national airline will return two more A380 to the German lessor Dr. Peters Group that have been leased for ten years while receiving new copies. The company currently operates 17 A380 and expects another three. The new configuration of the aircraft increases the passenger capacity to 471 from 441.
Recall that Hi Fly expects the first of ten Airbus A330neo in June 2019 ordered last month.