Unboxing Hi Fly’s Stunning New Airbus A330neo At The Airbus Factory

Today Simple Flying was exceptionally lucky to be invited to the Airbus factory in Toulouse and be one of the first to experience Hi Fly’s brand new Airbus A330neo. Read on to see an exclusive sneak peek of the aircraft and a unboxing of all of its features.

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Being the first passenger ever on the A330neo. Photo: Simple Flying

You can check out the video here:

What are the details?

Hi Fly is a Portuguese wet-lease airline. This means that whilst they are technically a certified airline, they actually don’t operate any routes. Rather they rent out their aircraft with pilots, crew, entertainment, meals, and fuel to any airline that needs an aircraft ASAP. Whilst there are other wet-lease airlines flying around the world, Hi Fly is the only one with an ‘on-demand’ Airbus A380.

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Hi Fly accepts the new A330neo. Photo: Simple Flying

Normally Hi Fly takes older aircraft that have already seen active service (like the ex-Singaporean A380 they now offer to clients like Norwegian) but this A330neo is brand-new and will allow Hi Fly to be the first wet-lease airline on the market to offer such a craft.

“Hi Fly is preparing for a busy future and we are delighted to welcome this new Airbus A330neo into our fleet” – Paulo Mirpuri, Hi Fly President

What is the A330neo like?

Needless to say, this is only news if the aircraft is good and boy does Hi Fly deliver with this new aircraft. Featuring very powerful Rolls Royce Trent 7000 engines that have been created just for this aircraft and other neo improvements like sharklets, the plane has very attractive numbers for fuel consumption and sustainability.

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The specs for the A330-900neo. Photo: Airbus

“We especially appreciate the exceptional efficiency of the A330neo, with its potential 14% reduced fuel-burn and outstanding comfort for passengers per seat compared to the previous A330)

Hi Fly currently has 9 more of these A330neo aircraft on order to replace their existing fleet of older (second hand) A330s.

The new a330neo seats 371 passengers with 18 in business and 353 in economy.

What is business class like?

Business-class is in a 2-2-2 configuration with lie-flat seats and other modern features you expect from a premium cabin onboard an aircraft.

The business class cabin. Still from our video. Photo: Simple Flying

The entertainment screen is large and very responsive with the capability to call a crew member if needed.

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The entertainment screen is very big in business class. Photo: Simple Flying

The tray table extends from the side armrest and to call it stable would be an understatement. It is actually solid metal and bolted into its support (Unfortunately economy doesn’t share this feature but we will get to that in a minute).

Video of the day:

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The business class seat. Photo: Simple Flying

Passengers in business class can expect a delightfully soft quilt and a large pillow when the seat is deployed into lie-flat bed mode.

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I just wanted to crawl in. Photo: Simple Flying

They are also given an amenity kit that looks like a high-class handbag with polished leather and premium products.

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The business class amenity kit. Photo: Simple Flying

What is economy class like?

The economy cabin is in a 3-3-3 configuration. Surprisingly Hi Fly has actually given economy passengers plenty of legroom, more than most carriers.

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The seats have a generous legroom. Photo: Simple Flying

Whilst the actual facts are not yet available, we can predict around 33 inches of legroom (more than the average of 30 found elsewhere).

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The seatback entertainment screen. Photo: Simple Flying

The screen is big and takes up most of the seatback and there is neck support for the headrest.

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When you have a whole plane to enjoy you sit everywhere. Photo: Simple Flying

The tray table, however, does leave a little to be desired. Unlike the solid metal concoction in business, the tray table in economy felt more flimsy with its composite structure. We can commend Hi Fly for going plastic-free (Hi Fly plans to be carbon-free by 2021) but it’s a shame that they didn’t go with metal for the rest of the plane.

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The aircraft is plastic-free. Photo: Simple Flying

Overall impressions

The A330neo brings other customer improvements that we expect from a modern aircraft, such as; LED mood lighting, big overhead bins, quiet engines, better humidity and more. Plus, it’s livery is simple and gorgeous.

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The LED lighting. Photo: Simple Flying

Overall the a330neo is a great aircraft for Hi Fly. It’s flexible for clients and polished for passengers. And the best news is that because it’s available for wet-lease you might be flying it sooner than you think!

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The new Hi Fly A330neo. Photo: Simple Flying

What do you think of the new Hi Fly A330neo? Would you fly onboard? Let us know in the comments.

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Roy Ducker

10 across?.

Adam

How did you guys get invited to the Airbus Factory?

Thierry Kerssenberg

9 across seems absolutely brutal for flights longer than 1-2 hours. Why would they opt for this configuration? The picture of you sitting in the middle illustrates how “cozy” it must be in a full row haha.

Mick

What a shame its going to be as tight as the 787 (3-3-3), which i think has a slightly wider cross section. I just love the 2-4-2 in the current a330 models.