29 August, 2018

Hi Fly A380 goes to Reunion

Photo Fabrice Villenfin
Last week the Hi Fly A380 arrived at Reunion Island, flying from Paris as the wide-body wet lease specialists proudly operated the first commercial service of an Airbus A380 to this beautiful region of France, in the Indian Ocean on for Air Austral.

The double-decked passenger plane has been wet leased by Air Austral and prior to that, it had been deputising for a Norwegian 787 aircraft on the London Gatwick to New York JFK route. 

This first A380 for Hi Fly is powered by one of the most reliable engines in the world, the Rolls Royce Trent 900 model. The aircraft is fitted out with 471 seats distributed between three classes. The main deck has the First class for 12 passengers and Economy class for 311 passengers while the upper deck has Business and Economy class seats carrying 60 and 88 passengers respectively. The configuration and seats are the same as its former operator Singapore Airlines, although Hi Fly also offer a high-density version which could carry up to 853 passengers.

Hi Fly’s A380 is equipped with state-of-the-art technology and truly luxurious cabin interiors. Each seat will have its own in-seat IFE system by Panasonic eX2 providing the passengers with great in-flight entertainment options and an optimised user experience. Moreover, the performance of the A380 goes in line with Hi Fly’s environmental commitments. By producing only about 75 grams of CO2 per passenger kilometre, the A380 minimises greenhouse gas emissions being capable of carrying more people with less impact on the environment. Apart from its incomparable efficiency, it also has the quietest and smoothest ride making it a true favourite for both airlines and passenger.

Hi Fly have adopted a special livery for the A380 aircraft, which has turned heads wherever its flown to. Indeed, most recently the specially themed aircraft attracted lots of visitors and enthusiasts to the Roland Garros Airport.

The "Save the Coral Reefs" theme carries an important message, it supports the Mirpuri Foundation's campaign which is now raising awareness on Coral Reefs at this French region, aiming to preserve this underwater tropical paradise, with a rich biodiversity, fauna and flora in its 9 km of reef environment.

If no action is taken, these beautiful ecosystems will disappear by 2050. With 50% of the world’s corals already gone, action needs to be taken immediately and awareness is the first step.

Hi Fly supported Mirpuri Foundation’s idea to carry the message across the five continents. The Airbus A380-800, has a different livery on either side, one representing a pristine ocean with colourful and healthy marine life and the other displaying destroyed corals. The Airbus A380 exhibits a strong statement that clearly illustrates the importance of the cause and the urgency to act and inspire the change of collective behaviours.


(Photos Hi Fly)