As part of its ongoing commitment to corporate sustainability, Hi Fly has recently started a series of sustainability training workshops for its cabin crew.

In what is likely a world-first in the aviation industry, Hi Fly has coupled with its sustainability arm – The Mirpuri Foundation – to ensure the men and women who take to the skies in the Hi Fly uniform, are fully up to date with the important work that the airline and the Foundation have been doing in the sustainability area.

Speaking ahead of the Sustainability Workshops, Paulo Mirpuri, Hi Fly and the Mirpuri Foundation President, said: “The first aim of the staff-training programme is to build the best teams we can, to make the Hi Fly experience as positive as possible for the passengers. But, the programme is about more than that. It also aims to help our crew members themselves to be better citizens. We always believed that if you can inspire a core group, then they, in turn, will inspire others. So, as we make rapid progress towards our goal of Hi Fly flying its entire fleet plastic-free by the end of this year, it’s important that our crews understand not only what we are doing, but why we are doing it. They will see, we believe, that we are making these efforts for a better planet and for the benefit of their children and their children’s children. If we can get this simple message across, our staff will be better motivated in their jobs and in their ability to explain our intent and message to Hi Fly passengers and customers.”

Ana Agostinho, Mirpuri Foundation Head of Public Relations, added: “Whilst we have spoken generally to Hi Fly crews about The Mirpuri Foundation and what we do, we have also sought, on a wider level, to explain the value of having a sustainability partner; what such a relationship can do for a business, and what it means to work in a company that has made clear and defined sustainability commitments. With plastic-free flights just around the corner, and with this being a first in the world of passenger transport aviation, we expect that some of Hi Fly crews will be asked about the policy –  and in all likelihood  – about some of the replacement items we have designed and sourced. So, it is important for Hi Fly as a company, and for the cabin crews who are the faces of the company and the main points of contact for most of our passengers, that we are able to explain, not just the policy, but the reasons for it, and to be able to give accurate information on the replacement items we have used.”

As well as the training related directly to the sustainability practices of Hi Fly, crew members in training are also able to learn about some of the other stories of the Mirpuri Foundation.