Green Shoots, we’ll take them wherever they spring up………..In relation to aviation and the current crisis it finds itself in, any positive movement is to be applauded. To launch an airline is no mean feat even in times before Covid-19 but to attempt such a challenge during this pandemic is a brave move.
Fortune favours the brave, as the saying goes and this will be exactly what HiSky management will be hoping themselves. New start-up airline, HiSky of Moldova planned to be underway last year but like many, C-19 curtailed operations. Choosing last month (April) to launch services, all-be-it at a gentle pace, Dublin features high on their destination list, the first flight arrived at Dublin Airport on Thursday afternoon, April 29th as A320-232 touched down at 13:58, in from Cluj-Napoca – Romania.
YR-SKY a 2010-bulit aircraft was originally part of Tiger Airways fleet and for a time with Scoot from 2017. It appeared on the Irish Register as EI-LIN when acquired by short-lived Italian airline, Ernest. Now HiSky have brushed away all traces of it’s past with a bright new livery, topped off with a ‘Bee’ logo on the tail fin.
One of three aircraft currently in the new fleet, others are A319 ER-SKY & A320 YR-BEE. Sky & Bee featuring prominently. A combination of Moldovan (ER) and Romanian (YR) aircraft registrations will form the backbone of this scheduled and charter airline.
Previous day to Dublin’s visit, YR-SKY performed a return service from Cluj-Napoca to Lisbon. Other destinations on the HiSky list include Paris, Chisinau, Satu Mare and London. The start-ups CEO just happens to be a former pilot with arch rival Air Moldova – eat your heart out Willy Walsh.
For many, a global crisis has proven in the past to be the perfect time to launch a new business. Wishing HiSky the very best as it navigates this difficult market, right now brave is what’s needed.
Image by Simona Fodor – Romania Insider