HiFly announced yesterday it was ending all A380 operations for its single aircraft, and retiring it. It will probably be scrapped.
The aircraft was formerly a Singapore Airlines aircraft and retained that airlines interior.
The whole operation was always mildly experimental. The company found it difficult to find frequent business. There were engine issues, but mostly it was extremely difficult to operate to smaller regional airports. Issues with catering resupply and embarkation made it difficult to use in many of the places clients asked it to go.
With the pandemic raging globally and air travel at near zero into and out of Europe, the airline doesn’t see how it can be viable and took the decision to retire it.
It was always a rather odd thing to use in the first place. Billionaire Paulo Mirpuri who owns HiFly, campaigns for environmental sustainability, and had the aircraft painted in “save our oceans” livery. It all seems odd on an aircraft with four polluting engines and relatively low economics.
Whatever the politics of the aircraft, it’s the only one to have ever been sold and used second hand. It’s demise only underlines how quickly the aircraft has fallen from grace.
British Airways still on course for A380 return in 2021
British Airways has been cycling its A380 fleet through various levels of maintenance at Heathrow, then returning them to the French airport at Chateauroux for temporary storage. At least two have been flown out to the Far East for heavy maintenance.
The airline has planned to put some of the aircraft back into use next year, largely on the South African routes during their summer season.
It’s at least some good news for the beleaguered A380, and BA will now been the only European airline operating the type.
Boeing delays 737-10 says RyanAir
RyanAir always struggles to keep conversations with Boeing private, and happily told the world yesterday that Boeing had repaid it $250m dollars for delays. On top of that RyanAir revealed that the company had told them the 737-10 (Boeing are trying to drop the MAX branding), was now being delayed by up to a year.
RyanAir has had to slash operations across Europe, with much of the western continent back into, or about to enter, month long lockdowns.
The ever bullish airline has been considerably less so of late, and seems to utilise any means of grabbing a headline even if uses Boeing in the process.