Hi Fly (5K, Beja) has taken delivery of its first A380-800, Skyliner Aviation has reported.

Placed with the Portuguese ACMI/charter specialist's Hi Fly Malta (HFM, Malta Int'l) unit, 9H-MIP (msn 6) was ferried from Singapore Changi to Malta Int'l via Abu Dhabi Int'l on July 4. A formal unveiling event is expected in the coming days.

The former Singapore Airlines quadjet is leased from Doric Asset Finance and joins the rest of Hi Fly Malta's fleet of one A330-300 (in service for Thomas Cook Airlines UK) and six A340-300s which are in service for a variety of clients that include Norwegian, Estelar Latinoamerica, TAP Air Portugal, and Corsair International.

Earlier last month, German asset manager DS Aviation said it had attempted to find placements with British Airways, Hi Fly, and IranAir for its fleet of off-lease ex-Singapore Airlines A380s - msn 3, 5, 8 and 10. However, it ultimately decided to scrap the aircraft given a lack of commercial consensus.