The new year has started with exciting developments within the UK long-haul airline scene. Hans Airways, a Birmingham-based start-up has just signed a Letter of Intent for its first Airbus A330 – Key.Aero has all you need to know about this ambitious new company:
What aircraft have they secured?
A Letter of Intent for an Airbus A330-200, newly registered as G-KJAS, (c/n 950) was signed in the first week of the new year. The registration is a tribute to the surname of one of Hans Airways’ principal early investors, who, according to a statement from the airline, “has believed in its community airline model since the project was conceived in 2019”.
Where was the jet before joining Hans Airways?
The aircraft was delivered new to Air Europa in September 2008 as EC-KTG. After a brief winter season with Sweden's Novair in 2011/12, the widebody returned to its original operator and was in active service with the Spanish carrier until early 2020. Since then it has been stored at various sites including in Spain and most recently in the United Arab Emirates.