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A380 settling in nicely, says Mesa Technical Director

22 Nov, 2018


Portuguese wet-lease specialist Hi Fly, and its maintenance arm Mesa, have been ‘delighted’ with the impact the acquisition of the Airbus A380 has made on the companies during its first three months in service.

‘It’s been a very smooth introduction,’ said Mesa Technical Director João Alves at the Mesa HQ, located at Lisbon Airport.

‘We’re delighted, as aviation engineers; it’s a challenge, but also a privilege, to work on new generation aircraft. So the challenge is a fun one.

‘We are ongoing in the process of getting our people certified.

‘We have four of our team already certified for the A380 and, by the end of November, the six professionals we have in training at the moment will also be certified, giving us 10 in total.’

Mesa engineers have attended training at Airbus and Lufthansa facilities, in Hamburg and Frankfurt, for specialized courses and to gain practical experience working on the A380.
They have also completed the Engine Borescope Inspection Training Course for the A380 RR TRENT 900 engine.

Hi Fly became only the fourth European airline to fly the Airbus A380, and only its 14th global operator. It is also the only company globally to lease out the aircraft, since it took delivery in July.

The Hi Fly aircraft is currently configured to carry 471 passengers in three classes. The main deck has the First class for 12 passengers and Economy class for 311 passengers while the upper deck has Business and Economy class seats carrying 60 and 88 passengers respectively. Alternatively, the Superjumbo is capable of carrying up to 853 passengers in a single-class layout, and is powered by the RR Trent 900 model.

Discussing its impact on Mesa, Alves said: ‘Logistically, it has made a big impact in terms of planning for service and parts.

‘The A380 is a unique aircraft, so it goes that the parts and the maintenance are unique too.

‘It was necessary then for us to order specific tools and equipment.

‘With some of the other Airbus aircraft in our fleet, for example, the A330 and A340, some parts are interchangeable.’

The aircraft is proving to be a commercial success and, with its ‘Save The Coral Reefs’ livery, is well on its way to becoming something of an airplane celebrity. Given Hi Fly’s determination to see its message of sustainability taken all around the globe, the company was delighted to see the thousands of visitors who made the trip to see the aircraft’s livery, proudly on displayed this summer at the Farnborough Air Show.

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