FARNBOROUGH — Portuguese wet lease company, Hi Fly, unveiled their first second-hand A380 at the Farnborough Airshow, it was painted in a special edition livery supporting the “Save the Coral Reefs” environmental cause.
The aircraft is parked up as a static display and is at the airshow until the 22nd of July.
Hi Fly is the first company to operate a second-hand A380, which was a move many thought would not take place given the size of the aircraft which many airlines have deemed as impractical.
Airbus, however, believes that the A380 is an essential part of the solution required to fix the overcrowding of many airports around the world; the A380 allows airlines to take larger numbers of passengers of fewer flights, which would reduce carbon footprint and noise pollution at some major international airports.
The A380 is a plane that was built with comfort in mind. Not only is it the largest commercial passenger plane that has ever been operated, but it is the first aircraft to ever offer the use of in-flight showers, it has the ability to accommodate 575 passengers in a four-class configuration and also has a range of 8,000 nautical miles.
Airbus said that the A380 “has the unique capability to generate revenue, stimulate traffic and attract passengers.”
The A380 has carried around 250 million passengers around the globe since its launch with one A380 taking off or landing every two minutes from one of the 60 destinations the aircraft services around the world.