Global Airlines, the world’s newest long-haul airline, has made a significant leap towards revolutionising commercial aviation with the acquisition of its first A380 aircraft from Doric Aviation. As the first ever operator to start flights with the super jumbo, Global Airlines aims to redefine the travel experience for passengers across all travel classes. The airlines first transatlantic flights are expected by Spring 2024.

Unlike other new airlines, Global Airlines, with significant backing from investors and parent company Holiday Swap, has chosen to acquire its first aircraft from Doric Aviation rather than opting for the traditional leasing route. Through a partnership with Doric Aviation, Global has successfully secured its inaugural A380, marking a significant milestone towards the realisation of its ambitious plans. The airline is already making progress in adding more A380 aircraft to its fleet, with three more acquisitions expected to join the fleet in the coming months.


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James Asquith, CEO and Founder of Global Airlines, said “Our aspiration is to be the best way to fly, and the A380, with its unmatched levels of space, comfort, and service, will be absolutely central to achieving that vision. The purchase of our first aircraft demonstrates that we are well on the way to launching Global. The next step is to overhaul and refit the aircraft to our high specification, providing our customers with the best experience in the sky today. Acquiring our aircraft rather than leasing showcases our commitment to financial security and resilience from day one.”

Sibylle Paehler, Managing Partner at Doric, said “We are delighted to have worked with James and the team on the acquisition of their first Global Airlines aircraft. Contrary to popular belief, the A380 is widely recognised as the best way to fly, offering unparalleled comfort and features that lead to a unique travel experience. We are proud to have placed this beautiful modern aircraft with a new airline that will soon take to the skies. We are confident that Global Airlines will acquire more A380 aircraft in the near future.”

The A380, the linchpin of the emerging Global fleet, will transport passengers back to the ‘Golden Age of Air Travel’ with its unrivalled spaciousness and reinvigorated flying experience in every cabin. With the acquisition of the A380, the airline is positioned to provide passengers with an exceptional journey, showcasing its commitment to becoming the preferred choice for long-haul travel.

The acquisition of the A380 by Global Airlines was made at an undisclosed price, understood to be in the eight-figure range, demonstrating the airline’s dedication to acquiring top-quality assets and investing in its future success.

The airline is expected to formally launch this summer and to outline in detail its passenger proposition, a number of unique industry partnerships, as well as future route networks and growth aspirations.