Portuguese Wet Lease Company Hi Fly confirmed that it will take over two used Airbus A380 in mid-2018. Although it’s not clear yet which specific airframes will be delivered to the Airline, it’s most likely to adopt planes previously belonging to Singapore Airlines.
“It is a very proud moment for Hi Fly. The Airbus A380 is the largest and most advanced airliner flying today and certainly the aircraft of choice for the most discerning air travelers. This acquisition has been part of our company’s plans for a while. We are extremely happy to welcome the first A380 to our fleet.”, says CEO Paulo Mirpuri.
As of April 2018, Singapore Airlines, the A380 launch costumer, has retired four of their large Airbus jets (MSN 003, 005, 006, 008), which were only in service for 10 years. They’ll be replaced by five brand new A380s.
According to Planespotters.net, both Lisbon-based Hi Fly and their subsidiary company Hi Fly Malta, which based in Luqa, are currently operating a fleet of 15 Airbus jets, including three A330s, 11 A340s, and one A321. As Hi Fly is a Wet Lease company, these jets are leased to various different airlines worldwide.
Hi Fly’s future A380s will be able to fit 471 passengers in a three class configuration. The main deck shows an all Economy configuration, while the upper deck can accommodate the Business and First classes. This supports the speculation that Hi Fly will take the A380s from Singapore Airlines, whose retired A380s have the same configuration.
In addition to the two A380s, Hi Fly’s first Airbus A330-900Neo will be delivered in June of 2019. Hi fly ordered ten of these aircraft, which will renew their current fleet.
Featured Image by Hi Fly