Hong Kong Airlines sued by Irish aircraft leasing company over outstanding dues of over HK$269.5m


11th December 2019 – (Hong Kong) Hong Kong Airlines was sued by an Irish aircraft leasing company in the Hong Kong High Court yesterday. The leasing company said that Hong Kong Airlines lost a British lawsuit last month and it was required to pay more than US$ 34.26 million (approximately HK $ 268 million) and 190,000 pounds (approximately HK $ 1.95 million) to the leasing company.

The Irish company applied to the local court to enforce the order so that Hong Kong Airlines will pay. The plaintiff in this case, Alafco Irish Aircraft Leasing Sixteen Limited, stated that the British court issued a judgment order on the 22nd November to require the defendant, Hong Kong Airlines Co., Ltd. to pay the above-mentioned USD and British pounds compensation before 6th December. However, the defendant failed to do until today. Hence, the plaintiff filed a lawsuit in Hong Kong, demanding that the defendant pay off the arrears or equivalent in Hong Kong dollars, as well as to settle interest and costs.

In response, spokesperson for Hong Kong Airlines stated that it is actively communicating with aircraft leasing companies with a view to reaching a solution.