Hi Fly to phase out its Airbus A380 at the end of the month

2018 "Coral Reefs Gone By 2050" livery (right side)

Hi Fly is planning the phase out of it’s Airbus A380 at the end of the lease term later this year, following almost three years of successful operations worldwide. The decision to not extend the initial agreed lease period came as a consequence of the covid-19 pandemic, that drastically reduced the demand for very large aircraft.

Hi Fly belongs to the very exclusive club of only 15 airlines to ever operate the A380, the largest and most advanced aircraft of all times. This aircraft was a testimony to how far human being can go in developing something so extraordinary.

Above all, the iconic 9H-MIP “Save the Coral Reefs” was inspiring, and carried this responsible message to hundreds of millions of people in the four corners of the world.

The Airbus A380 will be replaced in the Hi Fly fleet by additional Airbus A330’s, a smaller and more adequate aircraft for current market conditions.

A380 Tribute

If our A380 has touched you as it has touched us, for all the work and raising awareness all over the world… If you have seen it, if it was part of your history somehow, please show us your love.

Send us your tribute message to a380tribute@hifly.aero and share your 9H-MIP memories with stories, photos, collage, artwork, paint-stained hands… the sky is literally the limit!

All messages will be showcased on the A380 mural (at our Headquarters in Lisbon) until the last day of this iconic aircraft at Hi Fly service, then they will be placed inside a box and fly onboard 9H-MIP on its final lap with us.

Airbus A380 joined Hi Fly’s fleet in 2018.

Hi Fly was the 4th European airline and the 14th global operator to fly this magnificent aircraft, becoming also the first wet leasing airline operating an A380 and inaugurating its second hand market.

The iconic model aligned perfectly with the company’s sustainability concern, being able to carry more people with less impact on the environment as it combined mass passenger transportation with efficient technologies, resulting in a lower carbon footprint per passenger and per kilometer.

The Hi Fly A380 supported Mirpuri Foundation’s “Save the Coral Reefs” campaign and carried the message across the five continents, raising awareness for an unprecedented fight to stop the destruction of our oceans. The livery was comprised of one side painted in dark blue displaying destroyed corals, contrasting with a light blue on the other side representing a pristine ocean, with images of colorful and healthy marine life.

This campaign was also showcased for more than 400,000 visitors at the famous Farnborough Air Show 2018 and Paris Air Show 2019.

The “Save the Coral Reefs” aircraft was a record breaker:

– Was the first A380 to connect London to New York

– Operated the longest nonstop domestic flight in the world, from St. Denis to Paris

– It’s Marketing campaign received a double award from the magazine Global Transport Finance

– Was the first to land in Wuhan, China, following the coronavirus outbreak

– Completed an around the world humanitarian mission which lasted four days, starting and ending in Beja, Portugal. Covered 31047 km in a flight time of 33 hours and 45 minutes with stops in Tianjin and Santo Domingo.

Hi Fly’s A380 was the first to be converted to cargo version, removing economy seats to meet the high demands during covid-19 crisis. Was able to carry 68 tons and offered 340m3 of volume capacity. Plus, it could fly direct for over 17 hours. This combination of volume, payload and range made it unique for cargo transportation.

The aircraft made a show with a fly-by over Lisbon Airport and also Algarve, where Locals and beach vacationers were able to spot the king of the skies, drawing attention to its environmental message “Save the Coral Reefs” A380 was one of the most photographed and loved by spotters all over the world.

And was the first A380 to land in:

  • Beja (23/07/2018)
    • Oslo (2/08/2018)
    • Reunion (25/08/2018)
    • Diass (14/04/2019)
    • Antananarivo (30/06/2019)
    • Cairo (7/07/2019)
    • Caracas (14/07/2019)
    • Buenos Aires (23/07/2019)
    • Dalaman (23/09/2019)
    • Enfidha (24/09/2019)
    • Las Palmas (27/09/2019)
    • Santo Domingo (16/05/2020)

At Hi Fly service, the aircraft visited 53 different airports, in 33 countries and 4 continents.

  1. Abidjan
    2. Abu Dhabi
    3. Antananarivo
    4. Athens
    5. Baku
    6. Bangkok
    7. Beja
    8. Boston
    9. Buenos Aires
    10. Cairo
    11.Cancún
    12. Caracas
    13. Châteauroux
    14. Copenhagen
    15. Dalaman
    16. Diass
    17. Dresden
    18. Enfidha-Hammamet
    19. Farnborough
    20.Glasgow
    21. Hamburg
    22. Hanoi
    23. Istanbul
    24. Istres
    25. Jeddah
    26. Kuala Lumpur
    27. Larnaca
    28. Las Palmas
    29. London Gatwick
    30. London Stansted
    31. Madrid
    32. Malta
    33. Manchester
    34. Montréal
    35. New York
    36. Nice
    37. Orlando
    38. Oslo
    39. Palma de Mallorca
    40. Paris-Châlons Vatry
    41. Paris-Charles de Gaulle
    42. Paris-Le Bourget
    43. Reunion Island
    44. Rome
    45. Santo Domingo
    46. Seoul
    47. Shangai
    48. Singapore
    49. Stockholm
    50. Tarbes
    51. Tianjin
    52. Toulouse
    53. Wuhan

Of the 15 current A380 operators in the world, Hi Fly was the first airline in Europe and second worldwide in number of landing destinations. This accomplishment was achieved in only two years.

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Top Copyright Photo: Hifly (Malta) Airbus A380-841 9H-MIP (msn 006) (Mirpuri Foundation) FAB (Antony J. Best). Image: 942855.

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