Portuguese leasing company, Hi Fly has taken delivery of it’s first Airbus A380. The delivery marks the first time an A380 has been picked up on the second hand market. It makes the airline the world’s 14th and Europe’s fourth A380 operator.
The airline which specializes in widebody aircraft wet leasing to other airlines and governments had announced that it would acquire two A380’s last August. This April, Hi Fly confirmed that they would take two of Singapore Airline’s A380’s.
The aircraft 9H-MIP is MSN 006 and was originally 9V-SKC with Singapore Airlines. Hi Fly is maintaining the exact same interior configuration of the aircraft with a total of 471 seats with 12 first class suites, 60 business class and 399 economy seats.
Paulo Mirpuri, President and CEO, Hi Fly
“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 lowest 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.”
I am very interested in seeing where the airline will operate this aircraft. Hi Fly has indicated that they would like to lease the aircraft for longer periods than their usual leases.
Where do you think Hi Fly will operate it’s first A380?