Iraq's Al-Naser Airlines has taken delivery of its maiden A340-600 9H-TEQ (cn 416), formerly with Virgin Atlantic as G-VOGE. The quadjet, which was ferried from Malta to Baghdad on Oct. 18th, is on wet-lease from Hi Fly subsidiary, Hi Fly Malta, which in turn sourced it from Voltrex Leasing.
According to a statement issued to
ch-aviation by Hi Fly Malta, the lease agreement is only temporary as its long
term plans for the aircraft involve its reconfiguration into a 475-seater to be
used for Hajj operations.
"Until reconfiguration Supplemental Type
Certificate is approved, which might take up to one year, Hi Fly is
subleasing the aircraft to Al-Naser in current configuration with crew and
maintenance support to supplement their current fleet of A346s that are
planned to be operated for Iraqi Airways," it said. (Source: ch-aviation.com, 24-Oct-2014)