The European Widebody Aircraft Wet Lease Airline HiFly welcomed its first new A380 at the beginning of July. Thus, the Portuguese carrier has become the 4th airline in Europe to operate the largest passenger plane. It is also the first second hand operator worldwide.
Earlier this year HiFly announced that it is acquiring two of the spacious aircraft form Singapore Airlines who are retiring five of their A380s purchased about a decade ago.
Airline President Paulo Mirpuri confirmed that this is a big step for the company. This is the largest and most advanced airliner preferred by the travelers around the world. The two planes present an all new-business opportunity for the wet-leasing company. They can effectively replace the Boing 787 aircraft, which has had many issues as of lately.
Despite that fact Hi Fly has not announced the new operator of the first A380, the company confirmed that the plane will wear Hi Fly’s new livery. The plane is already in Malta for repainting at Aviation Cosmetics Ltd.
More interesting remains the destiny of the cabin configuration of the airplane. According to the initial plans, the airliner may keep the configuration it used to have while owned by Singapore Airlines. It means that the new addition to Hi Fly’s feet will seat a total of 471 passengers distributed in 3 classes. The plane will seat 399 passengers in Economy class, 60 in Business class and 12 will enjoy the highest comfort of the First class suites.Hi Fly might keep the seatmap unchanged (source)
All of the Economy class seats are located on the main deck, while the upper deck is reserved for the Business class seats and the First class suites.
There is a reason why the A380 is described as the most comfortable plane in the world. It offers the best cabin configuration in terms of passenger experience. In addition to the double First class suites and the extra-large Business class seats, each of Hi Fly’s ergonomic seats has an in-seat IFE system by Panasonic CX2 that provides multiple in-flight entertainment options.Inside HiFLy’s A380 (source)
The interior of Hi Fly’s A380 will be dominated by state-of-the-art technology. This will compliment the overall luxurious atmosphere of the cabin.
About the A380-800
In addition to the greatest comfort the double-decker provides for its passengers, it also boosts with highest level of flight performance and safety as well as being environmentally safe. The airline uses the Rolls Royce Trent 900 engines, one of the most reliable in the world. The plane produces only about 75 grams of CO2 per passenger kilometer. This is in line with Hi Fly’s strive for minimizing greenhouse emissions and the overall impact on nature.
Will there be anything different?
There is a possibility HiFly will transform the interior of the A380 to carry 868 passengers in a high-density version. This will be a preferred option for low-cost carriers such as Norwegian, who offer neither Business nor First class options. If the A380 takes on this configuration, HiFly will become the airline that provides the highest number of passenger seats.
While the new A380 undergoes repainting, we are waiting to see which will be the first destination covered by the double-decker flying for its new owner.