Hi Fly is a Portuguese airline with its head office in Lisbon, Portugal, which has specialised in the worldwide aircraft lease on medium to long term contracts for airlines, tour operators, governments, companies and individuals.
Headquartered in Lisbon, the airline in its present form was established in 2005 and currently flies an all-Airbus fleet, with A310s, A330s and A340s wide-body airframes in civilian use and a single Airbus A321 narrow-body plane operating for the government of Belgium. Since obtaining its Air Operator's Certificate from INAC, the civil aviation authority of Portugal, in April 2006, the carrier has gained all the statutory EU-OPS (regulations specifying minimum safety and related procedures for commercial passenger and cargo fixed-wing aviation), Federal Aviation Administration Safety Agency (EASA) approvals. It also obtained the IATA Operational Safety Audit (IOSA) certification in September 2011.
The airline was incorporated in 2005 and concluded the initial certification process in April 2006, when it was issued with an Air Operator Certificate by the Portugal civil aviation authority.
At the start, the first aircraft was an Airbus A330-300 which had previously been operated by Air Luxor (which was owned by the same family that now owns Hi Fly before being sold and shut down), which was recently on contract to the Air Component of the Belgian Armed Forces until the end of 2013. Two A310-300s were then added in 2008 and these were leased to Oman Air flying the carrier's first long-haul routes (to London/Heathrow and Bangkok). New aircraft were then delivered from Airbus in 2008 and 2009 in the shape of an A330-200 and two A340-500s - the latter currently flown on behalf of Arik Air in Nigeria on its route between Lagos and New York/John F. Kennedy. Since then, more A330s and A340s have also been obtained, including four in 2013. In February 2014, Hi Fly will add its first narrow-body, an A321-200 that will be leased to the Belgian Army in replacement of the current A330-300.
Hi Fly occupies a modern office block in Lisbon’s city centre. Inside are all the corporate offices plus departments for flight and ground operations, engineering and maintenance, safety, security, commercial, finance, administration as well as quality control. There are also training classrooms for flight and cabin crews. At Lisbon Airport, there is a maintenance hangar operated by MESA – a group subsidiary.