Category Archives: HiFly

Hi Fly to phase out its single Airbus A380

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.aeroand 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.

Hi Fly aircraft photo gallery:


Hi Fly’s Airbus A380 circumnavigates the globe

Hi Fly’s Airbus A380 just arrived from an around the world humanitarian mission, that started in Beja, Portugal, on the evening of May 14, 2020, and ended in the same city ‪on May 18, 2020. ‬

During this trip, Hi Fly Airbus A380, registration 9H-MIP, covered 31047 km in a flight time of 33 hours and 45 minutes, with stops in Tianjin, P.R. China, and Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic.

Photos: Hi Fly Vice President and Captain Carlos Mirpuri and his Crew at Beja Airport, today after arrival, and the around the world route.

Hi Fly first to launch sustainability training for cabin crew

Hi Fly has made this announcement:

As part of its ongoing commitment to corporate sustainability, Hi Fly has recently started a series of sustainability training workshops for its cabin crew.

In what is likely a world-first in the aviation industry, Hi Fly has coupled with its sustainability arm – The Mirpuri Foundation – to ensure the men and women who take to the skies in the Hi Fly uniform, are fully up to date with the important work that the airline and the Foundation have been doing in the sustainability area.

Speaking ahead of the Sustainability Workshops, Paulo Mirpuri, Hi Fly and the Mirpuri Foundation President, said: “The first aim of the staff-training programme is to build the best teams we can, to make the Hi Fly experience as positive as possible for the passengers. But, the programme is about more than that. It also aims to help our crew members themselves to be better citizens. We always believed that if you can inspire a core group, then they, in turn, will inspire others. So, as we make rapid progress towards our goal of Hi Fly flying its entire fleet plastic-free by the end of this year, it’s important that our crews understand not only what we are doing, but why we are doing it. They will see, we believe, that we are making these efforts for a better planet and for the benefit of their children and their children’s children. If we can get this simple message across, our staff will be better motivated in their jobs and in their ability to explain our intent and message to Hi Fly passengers and customers.”

As well as the training related directly to the sustainability practices of Hi Fly, crew members in training are also able to learn about some of the other stories of the Mirpuri Foundation.

First Airbus A330-900neo is delivered to Hi Fly

Hi Fly today, September 3, received its first brand new Airbus A330-900neo, becoming the first wet lease specialist in the world to operate this state-of-the-art, ultra-efficient aircraft to the benefit of its customers.

This new A330neo is powered by the highly efficient new generation Rolls-Royce Trent 7000 engines, the seventh iteration of the Trent family of large turbo-fan jet engines designed exclusively for the Airbus A330neo.

Business Class:

A new optimized wing with Sharklets, specially designed for the Airbus family, further improves significantly its performance.

Economy Class:

All photos by the airline.

Hi Fly adds three A319-100s to its fleet

Hi Fly, Europe’s specialized wet lease airline, is delighted to announce the addition of three new Airbus A319-100s to its fleet.

The aircraft, which were delivered to Hi Fly in May and June, have a total passenger capacity between 144 and 150 passengers.

Hi Fly is the largest aircraft wet lease specialist in the world and operates an all-Airbus fleet that includes A320, A330, A340, and  A380 aircraft.

Photo: Duarte Gomes.


Hi Fly today operates a totally “plastic free” flight

Hi Fly issued this statement about today’s flights:

In a global first for the airline industry, and a defining moment for the sustainability of the planet, wet-lease carrier Hi Fly is making the first-ever jet-age passenger flight without a single-use plastic item on board.

The ‘plastics-free’ trial, involving four flights by Hi Fly’s wide-body Airbus A340, 9H-SUN, will jet into the history books for the first time on December 26, 2018 from Lisbon on its way to Natal in Brazil.

The aircraft will return to Lisbon, this time with Brazilian passengers looking to welcome in the New Year Portuguese style. The revellers will then make the return journey home a week later. Over 700 passengers will take part in the trial.

Commenting ahead of the take-off, Hi Fly President Paulo Mirpuri said: “This historic Hi Fly flight, without any single-use plastic items on board, underlines our commitment to making Hi Fly the world’s first ‘plastics-free’ airline within 12 months. “We take that commitment very seriously.”

Also speaking prior to the flight, he added: “We are obviously excited and delighted that Hi Fly will be the first airline to attempt such a feat.

“Our corporate mission is based around sustainability and we work hand in glove with the Mirpuri Foundation to make sure that our corporate practices match our wider responsibilities to the planet.

“The test flights will prevent around 350 KG of single-use, virtually indestructible plastics from poisoning our environment.

“Over 100,000 flights take off each day around the world and, last year, commercial aircraft carried nearly four billion passengers. This number is expected to double again in less than 20 years. So, the potential to make a difference here is clearly enormous.

The test flights will help us trial the many substitute items we have developed and introduced them, in a real-world environment.

“We know we may encounter some initial teething problems, but we are confident of addressing these over the coming months.

“We know, too, from the feedback we have received from client airlines and passengers, that it’s the right thing for the airline to be doing.”

Pedro Ramos, the Director-General of Tour operator Alto Astral, the company who chartered the flights between Lisbon and Brazil, spoke of his company’s delight at being a participant in this key industry event.

“Everyone at Alto Astral is excited to be involved in this adventure and we believe that future generations will thank those of us who have been prepared to stand up to try to make a difference now.

“Hi Fly has long been the leader in the field of corporate environmental responsibility and sustainability, and they have rightly identified, as a key objective, the early elimination of plastics pollution. It’s been great for us to see how, in practical terms, they have gone about replacing so much in order to kick-start this elimination process.

The plastics-free test flight is just the latest move by Hi Fly to make its entire fleet ‘plastics free’ by the end of 2019.

 Among the scores of single-use plastic items that have been replaced are: cups, spoons, salt and pepper shakers, sick bags, packaging for bedding, dishes, individual butter pots, soft drink bottles and toothbrushes.

 And among the many innovations presented to passengers on the flight, by the Hi Fly environmental experts, will be bamboo cutlery, an array of paper packaging, and containers that, once used, can be readily composted.

All photos by Hi Fly.

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.

Hi Fly aircraft slide show:



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.

Hifly (Malta) aircraft slide show:

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.