(17 Dec 2020)
Hi Fly has bid farewell to the
Airbus A380 with the last flight, HFM380, flying from Beja to
Toulouse, France on Thursday morning.
has operated the Airbus A380 for almost three years. The airline
decided not to extend the lease period as a consequence of the ongoing
global COVID19 pandemic drastically reducing demand for
very large aircraft.
Hi Fly was the 4th European airline and the 14th
global operator to fly the much loved aircraft, becoming also
the first wet leasing airline operating an A380 and inaugurating
its second hand market.
The Hi Fly A380 supported Mirpuri Foundation’s
“Save the Coral Reefs” campaign and carried the message across the
five continents, raising awareness of the fight to
stop the destruction of our oceans. The livery was comprised of
one side painted in dark blue displaying destroyed corals,
contrasting with a light blue on the other side representing a
pristine ocean, with images of colourful and healthy marine life.
The “Save the Coral Reefs” aircraft was a record
– It was the first A380 to connect London to New York;
– Operated the longest non-stop domestic flight in the world,
from St. Denis to Paris;
– It’s marketing campaign received a double award
from Global Transport Finance magazine;
Was the first to land in Wuhan, China following the coronavirus
– Completed an around the world humanitarian
mission which lasted four days, starting and ending in Beja,
Portugal. The flight covered 31,047 km in a flight time of 33
hours and 45 minutes with stops in Tianjin and Santo Domingo.
A380 was also the first to be converted to cargo version, removing
economy seats so that it could carry 68 tons and offer 340m3 of volume capacity. Plus,
it could fly direct for over 17 hours.
And was the first A380 to land in
• Beja (23/07/2018)
• Reunion (25/08/2018)
• Diass (14/04/2019)
• Antananarivo (30/06/2019)
• Cairo (7/07/2019)
• Buenos Aires (23/07/2019)
• Enfidha (24/09/2019)
• Las Palmas
• Santo Domingo (16/05/2020)
The aircraft has visited 53 different airports, in 33
countries and 4 continents.
2. Abu Dhabi
9. Buenos Aires
26. Kuala Lumpur
29. London Gatwick
30. London Stansted
35. New York
39. Palma de Mallorca
41. Paris-Charles de Gaulle
43. Reunion Island
45. Santo Domingo
15 current A380 operators in the world, Hi Fly was the first
airline in Europe and second worldwide in number of landing
destinations. This accomplishment was achieved in only two years.