Lisboa - Hi Fly has signed the first crewed lease agreement for its first Airbus A380, with an unspecified European airline.

Presented at the Farnborough Air Show last week with its special livery for the protection of coral reefs, the Hi Fly superjumbo found a client.

According to a statement made by Hi Fly on July 23, A European operator has signed a crewed lease agreement with Portuguese wet-lease operator just 24 hours after its debut. The market's reaction to the introduction of the first Airbus A380 on the leasing market has been strong, with several airlines lining up to be among the first to register for the plane, the company said.

The A380 registered 9H-HIP, came from the Singapore Airlines fleet and configured to accommodate 471 passengers: 12 in the Premium Class on the main deck (with double beds), 60 in Business Class on the upper deck, and 311 in Economy spread over the two decks.

The Superjumbo of the Hi Fly is equipped with state-of-the-art technology and genuinely luxurious cabin interiors with each seat having its own integrated IFE system (Panasonic eX2) providing passengers great in-flight entertainment options and optimized user experience.

Hi Fly is also the first operator in the world of a second-hand A380 and the first to offer one for lease with the crew.