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Hi Fly’s “Turn the Tide on Plastic” aircraft circumnavigates the globe

Hifly's 2017 "Turn the Tide on Plastic - Clean Seas" special livery

Hi Fly made this announcement:

The Volvo Ocean Race 2017-18 has come to an end but Hi Fly’s Airbus A330, painted under the same livery as the “Turn the Tide on Plastic” boat, is still soaring around the globe and raising ocean awareness in all four corners of the world.

Completing its 10th month carrying the pertinent message proudly displayed on its fuselage, the aircraft has already been to all five continents flying for different company clients, operating more than 400 flights and landing in close to 40 different destinations.

Above Photo: Duarte Gomes. Arriving in Lisbon.

The countries where the “Turn the Tide on Plastic” aircraft has landed include European destinations in the UK, Belgium, Portugal, Spain, Germany, Italy, Bulgaria and Turkey, African countries such as Tunisia, Morocco, Nigeria, Guinee, the Congo, Senegal and Mauritius, as well as some of the world’s most paradisiac destinations such as Reunion Island, the Dominican Republic, French Polynesia, Cuba and Jamaica. The largest nations on the American continent: the USA, Canada and Brazil, as well as other countries in the Americas such as Panama and Guyana have also already received Hi Fly’s themed Airbus A330. In Asia, the “Turn the Tide on Plastic” aircraft have been to India, China, Thailand, Tajikistan, Afghanistan, the world’s largest country, Russia, and the middle eastern nations of Jordan and Saudi Arabia. Last but not least, one of the regions where the aircraft spent the most time in was the Australian continent, where it flew between Australia and New Zealand operating for Air New Zealand – the country’s flagship carrier.

Hi Fly joined the project in cooperation with Mirpuri Foundation, the founding partner of “Turn the Tide on Plastic” boat, and AkzoNobel, that provided the coating to personalize the aircraft. The Airbus A330-200 is painted on both sides, matching the “Turn the Tide on Plastic” boat – one dark blue “polluted” side and another light blue “clean” one.

 

With this initiative, Hi Fly is raising awareness for this unprecedented campaign to eliminate marine litter and plastic in particular, supporting the United Nations Environment’s “Clean Seas” campaign. If no action is taken, there will be more plastic than fish in the ocean by 2050.

 

This is not a stand-alone initiative; since mid-2017 Hi Fly has been putting forward a number of actions, not only to raise awareness but also to set the example and be the first airline to be completely ‘Plastic Free’ by 2019.

Hi Fly is also committed to be ‘carbon neutral’ by the same year and has just painted the company’s first A380 (see video below) in a coral themed livery alerting the public to the critical state of the world’s coral reefs. In this way, Hi Fly aims to involve and inspire the industry to become more environmentally conscious by protecting the health of our oceans, as well as of the whole planet.

Top Copyright Photo (all others by Hi Fly): Hi Fly – Mirpuri Foundation – Volvo Ocean Race Airbus A330-223 CS-TQW (msn 262) (Turn the Tide on Plastic – Clean Seas) YYZ (TMK Photography). Image: 940228.

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Hi Fly unveils its new Airbus A380 in the special “Save the Coral Reefs” livery

 

 

Hi Fly has unveiled its new paint scheme on its first Airbus A380. The carrier has brought the new type to Farnborough.

The A380 is painted in a two-sided scheme.

2018 "save the coral reefs" color scheme (left side)

Above Copyright Photo: Hifly (Malta) Airbus A380-841 9H-MIP (msn 006) (Mirpuri Foundation) FAB (SPA). Image: 942854.

The airline made this announcement:

Hi Fly is supporting the Mirpuri Foundation campaign “Save the Coral Reefs” by painting one of its aircraft with a special-themed livery, aiming to reinforce worldwide the message of sustainability and protection of the seas.

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

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

The airline joined the project in cooperation with Mirpuri Foundation, Hi Fly’s principal sustainability partner and AkzoNobel, that provided the coating to personalize the project. The chosen aircraft was an Airbus A380-800, the biggest commercial aircraft in the world, which is now painted on both sides, one side in dark blue displaying destroyed corals contrasting with a light blue side representing a pristine ocean with colorful and healthy marine life.

“A big cause requires a big answer and now, the biggest commercial aircraft on the planet will be the one carrying this big message around the globe”, says Paulo Mirpuri,President of both Hi Fly and Mirpuri Foundation.

With this initiative, Hi Fly is raising awareness for this unprecedented campaign to fight the destruction of coral reefs. If no action is taken, these beautiful ecosystems will disappear by 2050. With 50% of the world’s corals already gone, action needs to be taken immediately and awareness is the first step.

Airbus made this announcement:

Hi Fly, a Portuguese company with an all-Airbus fleet has become the first operator of a second-hand A380. It’s a move that marks the beginning of a new era for the program and demonstrates Airbus’ continued commitment to the passenger favorite double-deck widebody airliner.

The A380 program is young – the first aircraft entered into service in October 2007 – and so when msn 006 came off lease after 10 years of airline operation, its lessor looked for support from Airbus in finding a new operator.

Leasing arrangements

After discussions with the lessor and potential customers, a deal came together with Hi Fly, a specialist in ‘wet lease’ operations, also known in the aviation industry as ACMI (aircraft, crew, maintenance and insurance). The company will lease the aircraft and crew to airlines who, for example, need to replace a grounded aircraft or want additional short-term capacity to meet passenger demand.

Commenting on the aircraft’s delivery in July, Hi Fly President and CEO Paulo Mirpuri said: “We welcome the arrival of the Airbus A380 in our fleet and we are extremely happy with the market reaction so far on this new availability in our wet lease product offering.” He also praised the aircraft’s comfort and environmental performance.

All Other Photos: Hi Fly.

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Airbus A380 joins the Hi Fly fleet

Hi Fly, an European Airline specialized in widebody aircraft wet lease to other airlines and governments on a global basis, received today its first Airbus A380, the world’s largest and most spacious airliner. The arrival is a major event for the Company, making it the 4th European airline operating the model, the 14th global operator and the first leasing airline to fly the aircraft.

Paulo Mirpuri, Hi Fly President and CEO said: “We welcome the arrival of the Airbus A380 in our fleet and we are extremely happy with the market reaction so far on this new availability in our wet lease product offering. The A380, besides being the largest and most comfortable airliner in the world, is a star and the preferred aircraft from a customer experience perspective, including double first class suites, lounges, extra-large business class seats and individual IFE at each ergonomic economy seat. Most important for Hi Fly, the A380 minimizes environmental impact thanks to its reduced fuel burn that generates the lowest carbon footprint per seat for aircraft in its category. I recall sustainability is a top management ongoing concern, we want to continue our growth path in a responsible way, protecting our future generations”.

This first A380 will be operating worldwide and will be powered by one of the most reliable engines in the world, the Rolls Royce Trent 900 model, with 471 seats distributed between three classes. The main deck has the First class for 12 passengers and Economy class for 311 passengers while the upper deck has Business and Economy class seats carrying 60 and 88 passengers respectively. In a high density version, the aircraft can carry up to 853 passengers.

Hi Fly’s A380 is equipped with state-of-the-art technology and truly luxurious cabin interiors. Each seat will have its own in-seat IFE system by Panasonic eX2 providing the passengers with great in-flight entertainment options and an optimized user experience.

Moreover, the performance of the A380 goes in line with Hi Fly’s environmental commitments. By producing only about 75 grams of CO2 per passenger kilometer, the A380 minimizes greenhouse gas emissions being capable of carrying more people with less impact on the environment. Apart from its incomparable efficiency, it also has the quietest and smoothest ride making it a true favorite for both airlines and passengers.

Hi Fly is the largest wet leasing specialist operating an all Airbus fleet. The EASA and IOSA certified and FAA approved carrier operates a fleet of large widebody aircraft, Airbus A330s, A340s and now the A380s, exclusively available for Wet Lease worldwide. Wet Lease – the supply of aircraft and crew, maintenance and insurance – is Hi Fly’s core business and has been developed with unmatched operational expertise for over a decade.

Hi Fly will be showcasing its new Airbus A380 at the Farnborough Airshow 2018.

The airline will be at the event, along with Airbus, from July 19-22, 2018 taking this opportunity to introduce its most recent fleet acquisition to the industry. During the show, visitors will have the opportunity to see Hi Fly’s A380 in its brand new livery and experience the aircraft’s optimized interiors.

Furthermore, airline president and CEO Paulo Mirpuri will have a key role in the Airbus Press Conference on the 19th, where he will share his thoughts and answer pertinent questions related to this crucial business development.

The inclusion of the A380 in Hi Fly’s fleet is a major event not only for the airline but for the industry as it becomes the 4th European airline to operate this model, and the 14th global operator and first Wet Lease airline to fly the aircraft.

All images by Hi Fly.

Hi Fly to add two Airbus A330-200s

Hi Fly, an European airline specializing in wet lease, will welcome two new Airbus A330-200 to its fleet this summer.

The two Airbus A330s, coming from a direct order to Airbus Industries, are currently in final assembly stage in Toulouse and will be delivered to Hi Fly one in June and the other in July 2018. Both aircraft have a 2-class cabin configuration with the total capacity of 274 passengers allocated between Business class (18) and Economy class (256).

The aircraft will be equipped with Rolls-Royce Trent 700 engines and state-of-the-art technology and finishing. According to Paulo Mirpuri, president of Hi Fly, “we are putting a great effort towards enhancing the aircraft and on-board features, so to offer our clients the best possible product as we always strive to do.”

In its interior, passengers can expect a spacious 2-aisle cabin and each seat to be equipped with RAVE Centric, the latest In-seat AVOD In-Flight Entertainment System. This high-definition system will allow passengers in both business and economy cabins to enjoy great entertainment options and an optimized user experience.

Hi Fly is the largest wide body aircraft wet lease specialist operating an all Airbus fleet, mostly Airbus A330’s, A340’s and soon the A380. Hi Fly has specialized for over a decade in worldwide aircraft leases and ACMI services on short, medium and long term contracts mainly for airlines, governments, tour operators, companies and individuals. Hi Fly is EASA and IOSA certified and FAA approved, with AOC’s in Portugal and Malta, and licensed to operate globally.

Photo: Airbus/Hi Fly.

ALC announces a new Airbus A330-900neo lease with Hi Fly

Air Lease Corporation (ALC) has announced a medium-term lease agreement with Hi Fly (Portugal) for one Rolls-Royce Trent 7000-powered Airbus A330-900neo aircraft. The aircraft is scheduled to deliver from ALC’s order book with Airbus in June 2019.

 The new Airbus A330-900neo offers the airline a 380-passenger aircraft that can fly 7,000 statute miles nonstop with economic and operational efficiency unmatched by current generation A330s.

Paulo Mirpuri, Hi Fly President and CEO, added, “We are delighted to start the renewal of our widebody fleet with the first brand new A330-900neo coming from ALC.  The A330neo is a perfect aircraft for Hi Fly, with its new technology, modern interior and the new super-efficient Rolls Royce Trent 7000 engines, responding very well to our business needs as well as to our environmental concerns.”

The first flight of the first Airbus A330neo

Above Copyright Photo: Airbus A330-941N F-WTTN (msn 1795) TLS (Eurospot). Image: 939623.

 

The first of ten Airbus A330-900neo aircraft that will ultimately renew the entire Hi Fly Airbus A330 fleet in upcoming years and will arrive in June 2019.

Hi Fly to become an Airbus A380 operator

Hi Fly is taking delivery of its first Airbus A380. Hi Fly will become the first Portuguese and the fourth European airline operating the A380.

This first A380-841 will join Hi Fly’s fleet in mid 2018 and will be operating worldwide.

The double-decker aircraft will be powered by one of the most reliable engines in the world, the Rolls Royce Trent 900 model, and will seat 471 passengers distributed between three classes. The main deck is fully reserved for Economy class carrying a total of 399 passengers while the upper deck has Business and First class seats carrying 60 and 12 passengers respectively. In an high density version the aircraft can carry up to 868 passengers

Hi Fly is the largest wet leasing specialist operating an all Airbus fleet. The EU – OPS, FAA approved, EASA and IOSA certified carrier operates a fleet of 15 large widebody aircraft, mostly Airbus A330s and A340s.

Image: Hi Fly.

Hi Fly to add its first Airbus A330-900neo in June 2019

Hi Fly has made this announcement:

Hi Fly, a leading European Airline specialized in wet lease, will be welcoming soon into its fleet the brand new Airbus A330-900neo. The first of ten aircraft that will ultimately renew the entire Hi Fly A330 fleet in upcoming years will arrive in June 2019. The investment reflects the company’s intent to fly modern, efficient and environmentally-friendly aircraft. 

The A330neo that will be launched first time ever by Airbus this year is a significantly more advanced aircraft than the current generation, with much lower fuel burn and carbon emissions. 

The first flight of the first Airbus A330neo

Above Copyright Photo: Airbus A330-941N F-WTTN (msn 1795) TLS (Eurospot). Image: 939623.

The aircraft, equipped with the new Rolls Royce Trent 7000 engines,  have a range in excess of 6.500 nautical miles and will seat in unmatched comfort 365 passengers in a three class configuration (business class seats with flat beds, high comfort premium economy and standard economy). Upon client demand the configuration can be changed at short notice to a full economy version seating 415 passengers. All seats have installed a last generation inflight entertainment system. 

Hi Fly is a leading European airline specialized in Wet Lease. The EU – OPS, FAA approved, EASA and IOSA certified carrier operates a large fleet of Airbus A330’s and A340’s, exclusively available for Wet Lease worldwide. Wet Lease – the supply of aircraft and crew, maintenance and insurance – is Hi Fly’s core business and has been developed with unmatched operational expertise for over a decade.

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