Category Archives: HiFly

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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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