Global Airlines and Hi Fly have signed an agreement to work together on the development and maintenance of the four A380 aircraft the proposed new airline has agreed to acquire.
Hi Fly, who were the first to operate the A380 in the secondary market, will use their experience of the aircraft, to work with Global preparing it for service.
The short-term focus for both organisations are the EIS and Return to Service (RTS) processes for Global’s first aircraft, which the companies suggested was “expected to commence in the months ahead”.
James Asquith, CEO and founder of Global Airlines, said: “This announcement has been a long time in the making, and I’ve said from the start, we at Global want to work with the best, most experienced partners, and Hi Fly are exactly that.
“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.
“We’re proud to be working with Hi Fly and I place no limits on the potential of this collaboration.”
Global Airlines A380 revival
Antonios Efthymiou, CEO and accountable manager for Hi Fly, said: “As soon as James and his team announced Global to the world, we were delighted to be part of the continued A380 revival.
“Their passion for the A380, and belief in its potential to transform the passenger flying experience, is shared across our organisation, from top to bottom, and it’s clear there are huge synergies between us.
“We are delighted to be able to share our experience with Global, steer the aircraft through the next important technical staging points, and, ultimately, return them to the sky where they belong.”
Hi Fly holds authorisation to operate worldwide, and currently operates 35,000 flights per year for a base of 140 airlines and governments.
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