There was a lot of guessing and speculating within the aviation industry regarding who the first customer for Hi Fly’s A380 would be.
Hi Fly recently became the first carrier to lease the aircraft, with a seating capacity of 471 seats. The airplane had previously been under Singapore Airlines ownership but was acquired by Hi Fly. The carrier was the first to lease the plane on the second-hand market and has finally announced its maiden customer.
Hi Fly has announced that Thomas Cook Scandinavia will be the first airline to wet-lease the A380 after its acquisition. The decision was made last-minute after Thomas Cook Scandinavia experienced difficulty at Rhodes Airport due to an IT breakdown. The carrier needed to send another airplane from its fleet to the destination, leaving it short of aircraft to operate on its other scheduled flights.
As a result, Thomas Cook Scandinavia used the A380 to serve its Copenhagen to Larnaca flight on the 1st of August and will be using it again today on a flight from Oslo to Palma de Mallorca.
Source: Flight Global