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One of the first A380s ever produced is being passed on to a new owner. Portuguese wet-lease operator Hi Fly has received its first Airbus A380, making it the first operator of a “used” superjumbo.

The aircraft landed in Malta after a ferry flight from Singapore, where it had been stored by Singapore Airlines until ownership was passed over to Hi Fly.

Lisbon-based Hi Fly will be the fourth European operator of an A380 and will take delivery of one more superjumbo formerly operated by Singapore Airlines — only Air France, Lufthansa and British Airways fly the double decker plane on the continent.

The aircraft will have a three -cabin configuration with 12 first class seats, 60 in business and 399 in economy for a total of 471 seats. Hi Fly is reportedly keeping the seats used by Singapore, so you’ll have one of the top first class products, Singapore Suites, flying around under the guise of other airlines.

It’s quite possible we will see an airline like Norwegian lease one of these A380s, especially considering their plague of 787 engine troubles that have forced them to operate wet-leased aircraft, including a 747.

This A380 has a new Maltese registration, 9H-MIP, having formerly flown under the Singaporean tail code 9V-SKC. According to Flight Global the aircraft will be painted in Malta with the Hi Fly livery before it goes into service later this year. The airline has published a rendering of how it will look once painted.

Hi Fly has not confirmed if any airline has intended to lease the aircraft.

Featured image courtesy of Hi Fly / Twitter. 

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