Global Airlines A380

Global Airlines returns its first Airbus A380 to flight

British carrier intends to debut flights in 2024, operated through Hi Fly at first

Global Airlines celebrated the return to flying condition of its first Airbus A380 on February 15.

The double-decker aircraft, which originally belonged to China Southern Airlines, took off from Mojave Airport in California for two short flights that lasted about 21 minutes.

It was enough for the founder and CEO of the British airline James Asquith to celebrate on social media.

Global Airlines A380 9H-GLOBL (James Asquith)

“I’m a bit lost for words right now, and all sorts of emotions. Global Airlines and our first A380 flight – the #1 tracked flight worldwide by quite some distance on @flightradar24 – thank you to the many people supporting us”, James said.

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The first flight of the A380 with registration 9H-GLOBL on the morning of February 15th was followed by more than 50,000 people in real time on the FlightRadar24 platform.

The carrier, however, had not yet released images of the aircraft beyond some close-ups of the fuselage.

Global Airlines flight was the most tracked flight on FlightRadar24 (Social media)

Flights between London and New York

Global Airlines was founded in 2021 by Asquith with the plan to launch long-haul flights with a fleet of A380s, the largest passenger plane in the world.

The goal was to launch the first flight between London and New York in early 2024, but to date the company has not obtained the Air Operator Certificate (AOC).

James Asquith
James Asquith and Global first A380 (GA)

Until approval is reached, Global will launch its services in partnership with the Portuguese airline Hi Fly, under wet-lease at the end of 2024.

For now, there are four A380s in the process of being acquired by Global Airlines.


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