Ahead of delivery HiFly has unveiled their new Airbus A330-900neo cabin, as part of an effort to secure greater interest in their wet-lease and charter product.
HiFly has elected to configure their state-of-the-art Airbus A330-900neo in a two-class layout, featuring 371 Economy and Business seats.
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Three rows of 2-2-2 fully-flat Business Class seating will be installed on HiFly’s Airbus A330neo, making for a cozy cabin area for premium flyers.
The bright primary structures, along with the darker secondary fittings add to the cosy look whilst remaining quite modern.
Business passengers will have high-speed entertainment at their fingertips, with Zodiac’s third-generation RAVE as the selected entertainment hardware.
It’s obvious from the photos that passengers will also have access to the common features such as: storage areas, USB ports, AC power outlets and variable controls for the seat position.
The squeeze becomes evident in Economy, as HiFly has opted for 353 seats in a 3-3-3 configuration; which as many know, is painful enough on the A330 and Boeing 787.
Depending on your location in the economy cabin, the seat pitch is listed as 30 to 32″.
Just like Business each Economy passenger will have access to a smaller Zodiac RAVE entertainment system, as well as USB charging ports.
Based in Portugal, HiFly has positioned itself as one of the most prominent aircraft wet-leasing and chartering specialists.
Since their launch in 2006, HiFly has adopted an all-Airbus fleet comprising of the following aircraft:
- 1x Airbus A321-200
- 2x Airbus A330-200
- 2x A340-300
- 1x A340-500
- 1x A380-800
Their first of ten Airbus A330-900neos is expected to be delivered to the airline in the very near future.
HiFly’s website states this aircraft will be registered as TS-TKY and will be flown as MSN 1929.
The addition of the new aircraft will provide excellent efficiency and operating performance, thanks to its new Rolls-Royce Trent 7000 engines and advanced aerodynamic upgrades.
The upgrades alone allow for flight distances up to 11,700km, with a max payload burning 5.2 tons of fuel per hour.
At this time, no announcement has been made as to who will be the first customer; however with the ongoing 737 MAX groundings likely to continue, the new aircraft may prove attractive.
Part of what HiFly specialises in is not only providing airlines with an aircraft, but also the crews, maintenance and insurance to sustain operations.
Although not top of the line, or amazingly attractive, the cabin selected for their new fleet of Airbus A330neos is definitely an upgrade, this will be far more attractive to the airlines in need of a quick fleet patch.
If you’re interested in watching their first A330neo receive its livery, watch the following video:
Would you be happy travelling in HiFly’s Airbus A330neo?