Hi Fly’s Airbus A380 To Fly On A Mission To Wuhan

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Hi Fly has been hired to perform a very special mission. Tomorrow, it will be flying its unique Airbus A380 to Wuhan to rescue stranded EU Citizens on behalf of the European Union.

Hi Fly A380
The Hi Fly A380 is set to fly to Wuhan on another rescue mission. Photo: Hi Fly

What are the details?

Currently, the city of Wuhan is on lockdown. With the latest estimation of the number of people infected reaching over 2,000 and sure to rise, local residents have been forbidden to leave the city amid fears of a global pandemic.

However, citizens of other countries are allowed to depart the country. There is just one problem; many airlines have stopped serving flights to China. This is either because they have been asked by their government to pause their flights until the situation is resolved, or because they have had so many passengers postpone their tickets that they simply decided to cancel the flights.

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Thus trapped foreigners in Wuhan have turned to their government for help. 

What is the EU doing?

According to Boarding Pass, the European Union has decided to charter two Airbus A380s to fly to Wuhan to pick up all their citizens to return them home. One of these A380s is believed to be the special Hi Fly A380, which is a wet-lease aircraft perfect for on-demand urgent services like this.

The A380 will fly from Paris, with specially trained agents onboard who have briefed the Hi Fly team on handing potentially contagious passengers. The aircraft will then land in Vietnam to refuel before heading to the epicenter, Wuhan. This journey is expected to start today (January 31st) as flight number HFM421.

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Passengers will be boarded and flown back to Europe, and will likely be quarantined for up to two weeks to ensure that they do not have the virus.

Why is the Hi Fly A380 suited for this job?

The Hi Fly A380 is especially suited for this job as it has the capacity to get out as many people as possible, the range to fly direct between China and Europe and can accommodate different levels of passengers in comfort (for example, if someone is elderly or injured they can go in the lie-flat business class cabin or one of the 12 first class suites).

As the aircraft used to be a Singapore Airlines, it features twelve of the aforementioned first class suites, 60 business class lie-flat seats, and 399 economy seats over two decks.

Hi Fly A380 Economy Class
This is what the Economy Class looks like on Hi Fly’s A380. Photo: Hi Fly.

Hi Fly was reached out to for comment but insists that they do not speculate on any clients or roles their aircraft are hired for.

This isn’t the first time that the Hi Fly Airbus A380 has been hired for a rescue mission. It was previously hired by the United Kingdom government to repatriate stranded Thomas Cook tourists after the airline went bust and left thousands of them abroad in hotels and resorts.

What do you think about this news? Do you think this is a good use of the Hi Fly A380 neo?

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High Mile Club

As noble as that sounds, there’s also the risk of spreading the virus further because it is known that some people may not show symptoms for days before realizing it.

Gordoncy|Gordoncy@yahoo.com

Why does an empty A380 need to stop over Hanoi from Paris to Wuhan? Why does it not make that stop on the return trip from Wuhan to Paris?

Paul

Good for the Hi Fly team…But will the plane be disinfected afterwards? Are other airlines disinfecting planes that have been to China or affected countries???

Tony

Are the crew to be quarantined too?

Susana Diamond Gonçalves

I’m completely in favor
The only problem is our delegate of health in Portugal toll in an interview on local ty station that that the Portuguese who ill come from China don’t need quarantine, only if day have symptoms,

Ade Subijakto Shambazy

I would love to fly with A380 for the first time …. hiw can I make it happen ??

Robert Martin

At least the EU is treating me passengers a little better than the US treated them on an evacuation flight. The US chartered a very old cargo 747 to evacuate the passengers.

Tariq Aziz

Yes, that’s certainly a wise and very appropriate decision. A380 is definitely a great choice given its capacity plus the additional amenities it offers.

Md Monir Hossain Mollah

Of course this type of humanitarian services are best dissolved by the Hi Flu’s Airbus!

ibrahim Khalil

Does not the the Coronavirus get Panfemic opportunit? Whether will this plane get infectef? How to disfection of deadly virus can be done?

Janice

No flights from China could be allowed to leave that country, and enter any other country even the people coming from China, we don’t know what they could be carrying and we have to be very careful, and our government Australia needs to close to airports to Plains and people coming in from China it needs to been done now, close all our borders to we can’t let this country of ours Australia get this bad virus,

Guilherme Lobato

Meanwhile, the Brazilian president has said he will not rescue any Brazilian citizen in Wuhan.