Hi Fly is aiming to have a single use plastic-free policy on all its flights by the end of 2019. This is welcome news for me. I cringe at how much plastic I see get disposed of on planes. And I am mortified at how much I have contributed to.
On 26th December 2018, HiFly operated the world’s first plastic-free flight from Lisbon to Brazil. The carrier replaced plastic cutlery and containers with bamboo and compostable alternatives made from recycled material. They are going to test the process on three other flights:
I just need to point out that this will not be the first single use plastic free flight. I reckon all early flights were single use plastic free until the 1960s. Early air travel meals consisted of a sandwich served in grease proof paper. Then meals were served on real china with metal utensils. During the 1970s, the use of plastic aboard accelerated.
It is a great initiative though and links to some other commitments that Hi Fly have made to the environment . In autumn 2017, Hi Fly, in a sponsorship of the Turn the Tide on Plastic yacht team in the Volvo Ocean Race, painted one of its A330s in a livery similar to the yacht, with the port side bearing a dirty oceans livery and the starboard side a clean oceans livery:
On 19 July, 2018, Hi Fly unveiled its its newly painted Airbus A380 which carryied the Save the Coral Reefs livery:
Now we just need too deal with their carbon pollution issue. Bio-fuels for Hi Fly?
Last year, Ryanair pledged to become “the greenest airline” by 2023 which includes eliminating non-recyclable plastics from aircraft and offices. Air NZ have tested bio fuel flights. Who is next?
Hi Fly is a Portuguese charter airline headquartered in Lisbon. It specialises in worldwide aircraft leases and aircraft, complete crew, maintenance, and insurance (ACMI) contracts on medium to long term contracts for airlines, tour operators, governments, companies and individuals.
The H Fly brand is operated by two affiliated airlines, one based in Portugal and the other based in Malta. Their all Airbus fleet includes: Airbus A320, Airbus A330, Airbus A340, and the above mentioned Airbus A380. The President of HiFly is Paulo Mirpuri who is passionate about sailing and the oceans as evidenced here: