Lisbon - The Portuguese charter company Hi Fly chose the Airbus A330neo to renew its A330 fleet. The carrier aims to introduce ten copies in the coming years.
On March 27, Hi Fly announced that it would receive the first A330-900 in June 2019. The aircraft will be supplied by the leasing company Air Lease Corporation (ALC).
We intend to renew our fleet over the next few years with nine more copies of the same type,said the company in a statement.
The ten A330-900s are intended to eventually replace the entire A330 fleet.
This investment reflects our commitment to operate a modern, efficient and environmentally friendly fleet,says the charter operator.
Hi Fly plans to offer the A330-900 for 365 passengers in a three-class configuration, including a business class with seats converted into beds, a Premium Economy class and a standard
economy class. All seats will receive a state-of-the-art entertainment system.
Airbus is currently running a certification campaign for the A330-900. Hi Fly expects the aircraft powered by the
new Rolls-Royce Trent 7000 engines. The first prototype made its inaugural flight on October 19, 2017, followed by a second on December 4. The launch company TAP Air Portugal hopes to receive the first aircraft in the summer of 2018.
As of the end of February, the A330-900 received 214 firm orders. The smaller version A330-800 has, meanwhile, no more
customers after the cancellation of an order of 6 copies by Hawaiian Airlines.