Hi Fly completes first flight check of Global Airlines A380

A Global Airlines Airbus A380 takes off from Mojave Space Port, CA.
Photo Credit: Hi Fly

Hi Fly has performed the first check flight of Global Airlines Airbus A380-841, registered 9H-GLOBL, at Mojave Air and Space Port, California, United States this week.

According to the Airbus widebody specialist operator, the first sortie revealed an excellent aircraft, and more flights will follow.

“The A380 is a very complex machine, and the wake-up of the giant is a step-by-step process,” explained Hi Fly’s Commander Carlos Mirpuri after this week’s check flight.

The aircraft performed beautifully; its flight characteristics are second to no other airliner, and I was delighted to take her up for her first maintenance check flight,” said Hi Fly’s Commander Carlos Mirpuri.

A380 9H-GLOBL is the first registered aircraft for the new UK start-up long-haul carrier Global Airlines.

Global Airlines & Hi Fly Agreement

Last year, Global Airlines and Hi Fly signed an agreement to work together on the development and maintenance of the four A380 aircraft the new airline has agreed to acquire.

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Hi Fly, based in Lisbon, has significant A380 technical and operating experience. Under the service agreement, Global Airlines thus have the benefit of Hi Fly’s expertise to accelerate the Entry into Service (EIS) programme for the airline’s new fleet.

Hi Fly, who were the first to operate the A380 in the secondary market, will use their extensive experience of the aircraft, to work with Global on not only preparing it for service, but on helping the new UK carrier realise its ambition to provide customers with the best way to fly on commercial services, as it prepares for operations.  

James Asquith, Founder and CEO of Global Airlines, with the first aircraft
Photo Credit: Global Airlines

Speaking on the brokering of the service agreement in September 2023, James Asquith, CEO and Founder of Global Airlines said:

“The great news for us is that the team at Hi Fly know the A380 inside-out and will be invaluable in helping us with their industry knowledge around the maintenance and technical acceptance required for our first aircraft – all crucial steps before work begins on introducing our new interiors and other vital elements of the Global service and passenger proposition.”

Hi Fly operated the only A380 ever to be deployed on the ACMI business, and its technical expertise and operational excellence was the reason behind Global Airlines choosing its services for the reactivation of pre-owned A380s that were parked in Mojave Desert Airport, preserved.

About The Carrier…

Global Airlines was launched in 2023 with an aspiration to offer passengers the best way to fly. The airline is a wholly owned subsidiary of Holiday Swap Group and headquartered in London, United Kingdom.

The airline is led by CEO James Asquith and backed by aviation experts and investors around the world. The airline has commenced an aircraft acquisition programme with four A380s secured.

Global Airlines' 1970s-Style Poster for London-New York
Photo Credit: Global Airlines.

About The Operator of the Plane…

Hi Fly is the largest Airbus Widebody aircraft wet lease specialist in the world, EASA and IOSA certified and FAA approved, with AOC’s in Portugal and Malta, and licensed to operate globally.

The airline operates a large fleet of all Airbus aircraft, Airbus A320, A330 and A340, available for wet lease and charter, passengers and cargo, on short, medium and long-term contracts, worldwide.

Customers include airlines, governments, tour operators, freight forward companies and private individuals and the military. This is Hi Fly’s core business and has been developed with unmatched operational expertise over the last 17 years.


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