HiFly Adds Another Airbus A330ceo To Its Fleet

Portuguese lease provider Hi Fly has added an Airbus A330-300 to its fleet this week. The former South…

HiFly Adds Another Airbus A330ceo To Its Fleet

Portuguese lease provider Hi Fly has added an Airbus A330-300 to its fleet this week. The former South African Airways aircraft will now serve airlines around the world under Hi Fly’s wet and dry lease business. Let’s find out more about this latest addition to the carrier’s fleet.

The latest A330ceo is registered to Hi Fly’s Malta subsidiary, increasing its fleet size to 11 aircraft. Photo: Hi Fly


Hi Fly has taken delivery of its latest Airbus A330-300. The aircraft arrived at the airline’s base in Beja Airport at 14:40 local time on Wednesday, 21st July. The arrival means the lease provider now operates three A330ceos (two A330-300s and one A330-200),

The latest jet is registered 9H-HFA, belonging to Hi Fly’s Malta subsidiary. In total, Hi Fly Malta now operates 11 planes, including five A340s, three A330s, one A321, and two A319s. This gives potential customers a lot of choice when it comes to picking an aircraft that fits their market.

Hi Fly Malta A330-300
Hi Fly also operates a pair of brand-new A330neos. Photo: Hi Fly

Similar to most of Hi Fly’s fleet, this A330 is a leased one. 9H-HFA began its life as ZS-SXL at South African Airways (SAA), delivered new in April 2017. After less than three years in service, the aircraft was returned to its lessor following SAA’s lengthy grounding. After 16 months out of service, this A330 is now repainted and ready for some action.

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While most of Hi Fly’s widebodies are serving as ‘preighters’ (passenger freighters), this A330-300 has been delivered with seats onboard. The aircraft seats 249 passengers in a two-class layout, including 46 in business class and 203 in economy.

The cabin seems to be unchanged from its time at SAA, where it had been recently upgraded. This means passengers will be treated to a 1-2-1 layout in business class with a two-meter flatbed. All seats also come with inflight entertainment screens with the latest technology. Overall, the cabin ensures that travelers feel like they are in a full-service airline, even if not flying with one.

South African A330-300
South African retired four of its five A330-300s, with one of them making its way to Hi Fly this week and the other still stuck with lessors. Photo: Airbus

In a statement about the latest delivery, Hi Fly President Paulo Mirpuri said,

“We are happy to be able to welcome this Airbus A330-300 into our fleet and to keep offering latest airliners to our customers. The move to this state-of.the-art aircraft reflects the company’s commitment to fly modern, efficient and environmentally-friendly. Our goal is to offer our customers what they expect: safe, punctual and reliable operations, all while at the same time keeping pace with our sustainability concerns.”


Whether this plane remains a passenger jet or is converted to a temporary freighter depends on the client. Hi Fly advertises that the A330-300 can offer cargo capacity for 53,500kgs and a volume of 250m³. Range remains unchanged in either layout, with the aircraft flying up to 11,400kms and ETOPS certified for long-haul oceanic flying. Keep an eye out for this jet’s latest customer in the months ahead!

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CO2 Emissions Would Fall 34% If Every Fleet Was As Young As Wizz Air’s

Wizz Air is one of the most aggressive airlines in Europe. It is growing fast with a take…

CO2 Emissions Would Fall 34% If Every Fleet Was As Young As Wizz Air’s

Wizz Air is one of the most aggressive airlines in Europe. It is growing fast with a take no prisoners approach. While a fierce competitor in European airspace, the airline is also trying to be a good environmental corporate citizen. Now, the Budapest-based airline says CO2 emissions across the European airline industry would fall by 34% if all European airlines matched the age of the Wizz Air fleet.

Wizz Air’s CCO says other airlines could reduce CO2 emissions by following Wizz’s lead. Photo: Getty Images.

Wizz eyes a net-zero carbon future

According to the Air Transport Action Group, in the last year of normal flying, 2019, airlines worldwide produced 915 million tonnes of CO2, or around 2% of all human-induced CO2 emissions.

Despite the low baseline figure, the problem for the airline industry is that its contribution to CO2 emissions was growing. The high-profile nature of aviation and its various operators also adds to the pressure on the industry to reduce its CO2 emissions.

Like most contemporary airlines, Wizz Air is pursuing a net-zero carbon emissions goal. Wizz wants to get there by 2050. But getting there involves a wide-ranging series of steps. Wizz is chasing an ambitious 20% year-on-year increase in fuel efficiency improvements and a 25% reduction in carbon emissions by 2030 to get it on its way.

Wizz Air is chasing net-zero carbon emissions by 2050. Photo: Getty Images

CCO says European airlines could cut CO2 emissions by 34% by following Wizz’s lead

Key to achieving this is introducing new fuel-efficient planes. Already it appears to be paying dividends. In an exclusive webinar interview with Simple Flying, George Michalopoulos, Chief Commercial Officer at Wizz Air makes some bold calls. He says the airline is the greenest in Europe. The CCO suggests if other European airlines operated an identical fleet to Wizz (in terms of age and composition), Europe’s airlines would substantially reduce their CO2 emissions.

Wizz Air operates a fleet of 124 Airbus A320 and A321 aircraft. According to the database at ch-aviation.com, Wizz has 62 Airbus A320-200s, six A320-200neos, 31 Airbus A321-200s, and 13 Airbus A321neos. Wizz Air has a further 240 single-aisle Airbus aircraft on order. The majority of that order comprises A321neos.

“If you take the European airlines, and if they were to operate on with this fleet, average age 5.04 years, they would reduce CO2 emissions by 34%, which is roughly 20 million tonnes in a year,” Michalopoulos says.

“It’s really all about technology. The latest technology reduces emissions significantly,” the CCO adds. “We’ve continued to renew the fleet, we’ve continued to hand back older technology aircraft, whereas a number of other airlines in Europe have stopped taking orders and continue to age their fleet.”

Wizz’s CCO says young technologically advanced aircraft are key to reducing CO2 emissions. Photo: Getty Images

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Packing more passengers into planes impacts Wizz’s environmental statistics

George Michalopoulos justifies his greenest airline in Europe claim by measuring CO2 emissions in grams against revenue passenger kilometers.

“That’s how we justify it,” the Wizz Air CCO told Simple Flying’s Joanna Bailey.

Wizz’s latest monthly CO2 emissions report reveals CO2 emissions in June 2021 were 76.5 grams per revenue passenger kilometer. This is down 19% from the June 2020 figure of 94.1 grams per revenue passenger kilometer.

While Wizz’s fleet is young, most airlines recognize the economic and environmental benefits of fleet renewal and are pursuing similar strategies. Packing more passengers into planes is a better short-term explanation of Wizz’s current eco-credentials. The more passengers per plane versus a competitor flying a similar sized and similar age aircraft, the better the per passenger CO2 emissions at Wizz.

“The key is is the number of seats onboard. I mean, we get 239 seats on an A321neo versus Ryanair, which gets down to 197 seats,” Michalopoulos admits. Those squeezy cabins are one of the secrets to Wizz’s environmental success. It is also a reason why the airline can trot out its impressive eco-stats.

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