Air Austral will wet lease an Airbus A380 from Portuguese wet-lease specialist Hi Fly to replace its second Boeing 787-8, which is being taken out of service for three months from Aug. 24 for Rolls-Royce Trent 1000 engine inspections.

The La Reunion-based carrier warned there could be flight schedule changes between Aug. 24 and Sept. 9, principally on its Mayotte-Paris route.

The A380 in question is a former Singapore Airlines aircraft equipped with 471 seats: 12 first class, 60 business and 399 economy seats.

Air Austral plans to have five cabin crew members on board each Hi Fly-operated flight.

Rolls-Royce, which said Aug. 2 it had taken a £554 million ($729 million) hit over the Trent 1000 problems, is inspecting hundreds of the engines.

Air Austral said it would have to modify its flight schedule between Mayotte in the Indian Ocean and Paris because the A380 is not suitable for the runway at Mayotte’s Dzaoudzi-Pamandzi International Airport and is too large to operate on regional links such as La Reunion-Bangkok.

Passengers booked on Air Austral’s Mayotte-Paris service will have to fly via La Reunion and the airline has added extra A380 flights between La Reunion and Paris for the period concerned.

It is also adding extra La Reunion-Mayotte flights using its Boeing 737 and its other 787-8, which has already had its engines inspected, will also serve La Reunion-Bangkok and La Reunion-Mayotte routes.

Helen Massy-Beresford, helen.massy-beresford@aviationweek.co.uk