Hi Fly, a leading wet-lease carrier, has worked
hard to replace any single-use plastic items on board with more
environmentally friendly options.
This includes bamboo cutlery, cups, spoons, and
salt and pepper shakers, while packaging for bedding, dishes,
individual butter pots, soft drink bottles and toothbrushes have
been replaced with compostable alternatives crafted from recycled
The company operated its first ever 'plastic-free' trial flight when it took
passengers on a Boxing Day trip from the carrier's base in Lisbon
to Natal, Brazil, on an Airbus A340 in December 2018. This was
quickly followed with three further 'plastic-free' test flights in
addition to a series of 12 reduced plastic journeys.
These flight tests determined that every commercial
passenger long haul flight that takes to the air with no
single-use plastic items on board prevents around 350 kg of
single-use, virtually indestructible plastic from poisoning our
scaling this up to take account of Hi Fly’s global operations,
then the difference becomes significant.
Hi Fly President,
Paulo Mirpuri, said, “We pledged at the time of our historic Hi Fly
test flights, without any single-use plastic items on board that
we would make Hi Fly the world’s first ‘plastic-free’ airline
within 12 months. We knew that if we worked hard to overcome the
problems that it was 100% possible. More importantly, in our
hearts, we knew it was much more than that. We knew that this was
a necessary move for the future of our planet. We are excited and we are proud, but we were never in
flights take off each day around the world and, last year,
commercial aircraft carried nearly four billion passengers. This
number is expected to double again in less than 20 years. So, the
potential to make a difference here is clear,” added Mr. Mirpuri. “We take our
commitment very seriously."
Hi Fly is an EASA and IOSA certified and FAA approved carrier that
operates a large fleet of Airbus aircraft, Airbus A320, A330, A340
and A380 families, exclusively available for wet lease worldwide.
Wet Lease - the supply of aircraft and crew, maintenance and
insurance - is Hi Fly’s core business.
Waste, Single-Use Plastic and Climate Change - Interview with WWF.