The famous Hi Fly A380 has been spotted in Gran Canaria, the first time such a large plane has been flown to the small island state. Whilst not confirmed at this time, it is likely that the aircraft is being deployed as part of Operation Matterhorn, to return British nationals trapped after Thomas Cook collapsed.
What are the details?
Confirmed by Hi Fly themselves on their Linked In, the famous Hi Fly A380 has been flown to Grand Canaria from Gatwick.
Hi Fly, being a wet-lease airline, is essentially an airline-gun for hire. Unlike normal charters, other airlines can actually hire the A380 to replace their own services. Hi Fly provides pilots, cabin crew, meals, fuel, and even the airline certificate so you don’t have to worry about any of the regulations or stipulations with international travel.
They fill an important gap in the market catering to fellow airlines. If an airline is out of luck with one of their aircraft, they can hardly call up one of their rivals to hire a spare. Hence, the wet-lease industry has proven to be very lucrative for the Portuguese carrier.