Global Airlines registers its first Airbus A380

The aircraft was originally delivered to China Southern Airlines and will be operated by Hi Fly on a wet-lease basis.

The new British carrier Global Airlines has obtained the registration of its first Airbus A380, an example that was originally delivered to China Southern Airlines in 2013 and was decommissioned in 2022.

Created by entrepreneur James Asquith, known for holding the Guinness World Records for the number of 196 countries visited when he was just 24 years old, Global is betting on the largest passenger plane in the world to connect the United Kingdom to the United States initially.

However, the airline was unable to obtain the Air Operator Certificate (AOC) and therefore the A380 with serial number 120 will be operated by Hi Fly under wet-leasing.

Global shared the registration of the aircraft, which received the registration number 9H-GLOBL, from Malta, where the Portuguese airline’s division is located.

James Asquith and Global first A380 (GA)

The first registered A380 was purchased from Jet Midwest, a company that had acquired them from China Southern Airlines last year.

Like the Chinese carrier’s other four four-engine aircraft, it is stored in the Mojave Desert, in California (USA).

Flight from London to New York

Previously, Global Airlines had announced that it had acquired four A380s, including an old plane that flew for Singapore Airlines and Hi Fly, but the whereabouts of these aircraft are still unclear.

Asquith even posed next to one of the A380s that was parked in Tarbes, France, and which was named after Global Airlines.

Global Airlines first route: London-NY (GA)

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The airline intends to debut flights between London and New York in 2024, competing with traditional carriers such as British Airways, Virgin Atlantic, American and United Airlines, among others.

None of them, however, use the largest passenger plane in the world on the route.