Category Archives: HiFly

LOT Polish Airlines to wet lease an Airbus A330-200 from Hifly to replace its grounded Boeing 787-8s

LOT Polish Airlines (Warsaw) is wet leasing an Airbus A330-200 from Hifly (Lisbon) until at least the end of May to replace its grounded Boeing 787-8s according to Air Journal. The leased aircraft will be operated to New York (JFK) and Chicago (O’Hare).

LOT will also be asking Boeing for additional compensation for its grounded fleet.

Copyright Photo: Antony J. Best. LOT Polish Airlines Boeing 787-8 Dreamliner SP-LRA (msn 35938) prepares to land at London (Heathrow) when it was flying.

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Norwegian to wet lease two Airbus A340-300s from Hifly due to the 787 delays

Norwegian Air Shuttle (Norwegian.com) (Oslo) has announced it will wet lease two Airbus A340-300s from Hifly (Lisbon) due to the delays in the delivery of its new Boeing 787-8s for the new New York and Bangkok routes.

The company issued the following statement (translated from Norwegian):

Norwegian has entered into an agreement to lease two long-range Airbus A340-300. The aircraft will be used on Norwegian routes to New York and Bangkok on the company’s Dreamliner aircraft will be delayed.

To ensure that Norwegian passengers can fly to and from New York and Bangkok on Dreamliner planes that are delayed, the Company has entered into an agreement to lease two Airbus A340-300 aircraft. The two aircraft Norwegian will use are the pending Dreamliner delivery. The agreement is called a MOU – Memorandum of Understanding – which is binding on both parties. Outsourcing is a so-called “wet lease” – leasing of aircraft and crew.

The two Airbus aircraft to Norwegian to lease owned by the Portuguese HiFly leasing company that took them over the winter 2012/2013. The aircraft were previously flown by Singapore Airlines and Emirates. Aircraft are subject to EU safety legislation and enforcement is carried out by European aviation authorities. HiFly is one of several European airlines which conduct leasing of aircraft to companies who need spare capacity. The company has had a number of major European airlines on its customer list.

Copyright Photo: Pedro Baptista/Flyingphotos. Hifly’s Airbus A340-313X OY-KBM (msn 450) taxies into position at the Lisbon base.

Hifly: AG Slide Show

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PacificFlier suspends operations, will reorganize with new aircraft

Pacificflier (Pacificflier.com) (Palau) has suspended its charter operations. The new airline has so far been unsuccessful in obtaining scheduled airline rights and is reorganizing under new leadership. The company has been wet-leasing this Airbus A310-304 CS-TEI (msn 495) from HiFly. However the airline intends to operate more appropriate aircraft on the routes it wants to fly.

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Copyright Photo: Peter Gates. Soon to be a rare shot, Airbus A310-304 CS-TEI (msn 495) rests between flights at Brisbane with titles.

Gabon Airlines wet leases Airbus A340-313X CS-TQM from HiFly

Gabon Airlines (Libreville) has wet leased Airbus A340-313X CS-TQM (msn 117) from HiFly. This airliner was recently operated for PAL Airlines (Santiago).

PAL Airlines leases Airbus A340-313X CS-TQM from HiFly

Copyright Photo: Alvaro Romero. Please click on photo for full view, information and other photos.

PAL Airlines (Santiago) has leased Airbus A340-313X CS-TQM (msn 117) from HiFly.

Pacificflier.com commences operations with A310 CS-TEI

Copyright Photo: Peter Gates. HiFly's Airbus A310-304 CS-TEI (msn 495) is pictured at Brisbane today still painted in Oman Air colors and devoid of any branding for the new carrier.

PacificFlier.com (Koror) commence operations on March 30 between Clark Field (near Manila) and Palau. The new airline finally added Brisbane and the Koror-Brisbane scheduled route on March 31 (delayed from January 7, 2010) with Airbus A310-304 registered CS-TEI (msn 495), leased from and operated by HiFly (Lisbon). The new airline is the new flag carrier of the Republic of Palau. It has the full backing of the government of the Republic of Palau.

Pacificflier.com to start operations on March 30

Pacificflier.com (Koror, Palau) will commence operations on March 30 between Clark Field (near Manila) and Palau.

The new airline is also offering services from Palau to Brisbane, Australia due to start the following day and services to Guam will begin in May.

All services will be operated by HiFly with its Airbus A310-304 (CS-TEI).

Pacific Flier was previously due to start operations in January 2010, however the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) (which has jurisdiction over Palau) failed to grant the airline an AOC until now due to ownership issues.