Hi Fly, a leading global wet lease specialist and charter operator, has recently put its two newly added Airbus A330-200s through their paces.

Before the additions could join the fleet, both aircraft (registered 9H-HFK and 9H-HFJ) had to pass functional flight testing. This is a contractually mandatory procedure that Hi Fly has the expertise and capability to perform in-house. At Beja Airport in the south of Portugal, Carlos Mirpuri, Vice Chairman of the Hi Fly Group as Commander and Marcos Braga as Captain were in control of the multi-mission flight testing. “We have specific protocols to follow and execute, ticking off items on customary checklists,” explains Carlos Mirpuri.

The series of thorough tests included a number of flight control checks flown at altitudes between 10,000 and 20,000 feet (about 3000 to 6000 meters), followed by low-speed checks. Another task was functional testing of the landing gear, even including a gravity gear extension as an additional safety feature, which is extremely rarely used in regular flight operations. As conclusion of each aircraft’s check program came runway fly-overs and a touch-and-go manoeuvre. After ticking off the required checks one by one, Carlos Mirpuri was highly satisfied: “The aircraft are as good as new and ready for revenue service. We found absolutely no faults.”


Hi Fly is the largest Airbus widebody aircraft wet lease specialist in the world, EASA and IOSA certified and FAA approved, with AOCs in Portugal and Malta, and licensed to operate globally. The airline operates a large fleet of all-Airbus aircraft consisting of Airbus A320s, A330s and A340s. They are available for wet lease and charter, passengers and cargo, on short, medium and long-term contracts worldwide. Customers include airlines, governments, tour operators, freight forwarder companies, private individuals and the military. This is Hi Fly’s core business and has been developed with unmatched operational expertise over the last 18 years.