Category Archives: HiFly

Hi Fly’s two-sided “Turn the Tide on Plastic” logo jet

Hi Fly - Mirpuri Foundation - Volvo Ocean Race Airbus A330-223 CS-TQW (msn 262) (Turn the Tide on Plastic - Clean Seas) (Leonardo Sanchez). Image: 940575.

Hi Fly (Lisbon) has issued this statement and photos on January 11, 2018:

The message of sustainability and protection of the seas carried by the “Turn the Tide on Plastic” boat in Volvo Ocean Race 2017-18 is flying high with Hi Fly. The Airbus A330 painted under the same livery of the boat has already been across the five continents spreading the word around the globe.

For the past three months, the aircraft has already been in more than 20 destinations landing in the largest country in the world – Russia as well as in small paradisiac islands such as Jamaica and Tahiti. It has been in a number of European destinations in the UK, Belgium, Portugal and Spain; African countries such as Nigeria, Guinee and Congo and the biggest nations in the American continent: USA, Canada and Brazil. The themed aircraft has inclusively been in countries such as India and China where plastic contamination and pollution in general are, in fact, a huge concern. The most recent destinations visited by the aircraft were Australia and New Zealand where coincidently the Turn the Tide on Plastic boat is heading soon.

With this initiative, Hi Fly is raising awareness for an unprecedented campaign to eliminate marine litter and plastic in particular supporting the United Nations Environment’s Clean Seas campaign.

The aircraft is painted with a strong 2 sided statement: one dark blue side symbolizing a “polluted” ocean (below), and one light blue side representing a “clean” ocean (above).

Following up on this commitment, the double-down in March 2018 with this statement:

Hi Fly has announced its pledge to completely eliminate the use of avoidable and single use plastics on its aircrafts and at its offices before the end of 2019.

The airline is committed to contributing to a more responsible and sustainable planet by fighting against the very important issue that is plastic pollution. The company is actively implementing and promoting good practices in its business. This is a commitment that will position Hi Fly as the first plastic-free airline in the world.

According to Hi Fly President Paulo Mirpuri, “up until now, human beings have believed the ocean is an inexhaustible source of food and pleasure as well as a limitless garbage dump. The reality however, is that the ocean has its limits, and they are very close to being reached. We can no longer ignore the impact plastic contamination has on ecosystems, as well as on human health.”

Since the summer of 2017 the airline has been putting forward a number of initiatives aimed at raising awareness and fighting against the single use of plastic. The airline painted one of its Airbus A330, which is now flying all over the world, with the message “Turn the Tide on Plastic” in support of the United Nations “Clean Seas” campaign.  The same livery and message is simultaneously carried by the Mirpuri Foundation Volvo Ocean Race boat. The aircraft and boat both feature a side in a dark blue overlaid with images representing “pollution” while the other side is painted in a lighter blue representing a cleaner, pristine ocean. Through this initiative, Hi Fly is raising awareness with an unprecedented campaign to eliminate marine litter and plastic from our oceans.

Internally, action has also been taken to adjust procedures and involve the company’s employees in the campaign. As explained by Paulo Mirpuri “We started off with small initiatives such as installing water stations throughout our headquarters and other facilities, and distributing reusable water bottles to our employees. We’ve now been moving towards implementing new measures and processes that completely remove the use of plastic in all possible ways.”

Paulo Mirpuri is currently in New Zealand to attend the Volvo Ocean Race Auckland stopover representing Hi Fly and the Mirpuri Foundation, a non-profit organization which he also heads. The Foundation is the Volvo Ocean Race’s principal sustainability partner and proud sponsor of the “Turn the Tide on Plastic” team and boat.

Hi Fly - Mirpuri Foundation - Volvo Ocean Race Airbus A330-223 CS-TQW (msn 262) (Turn the Tide on Plastic - Clean Seas) (Leonardo Sanchez). Image: 940576.

The Turn the Tide on Plastic aircraft will continue to operate worldwide while the boat crosses the five oceans amplifying the message and the reach of the campaign in both the seas and the skies.

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

Photo credits: Leonardo Sanchez



Hifly orders two new Airbus A330-200s

Hifly, a Portuguese airline specializing in worldwide widebody aircraft wet leasing, has placed its first direct firm order with Airbus for two A330-200s.

Hifly is an all-Airbus operator and the two additional A330s will join its existing fleet of 14 Airbus widebody aircraft. The new A330s will feature a two class cabin layout, seating 18 passengers in business and 256 in econom

The order will contribute to Hi Fly’s strategy for long-haul fleet replacement offering its customers – namely airlines, tour operators, governments, companies and individuals – the most cost-efficient and versatile widebody aircraft.

Image: Airbus.


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.

LOT Polish Airlines: AG Slide Show


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

Norwegian Air Shuttle ( (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

Norwegian: AG Slide Show


PacificFlier suspends operations, will reorganize with new aircraft

Pacificflier ( (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.

Read the full story from Flightglobal:


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.