At a decisive moment regarding the planet’s sustainability, and embracing an unprecedented action in the world of aviation, in 2018, Hi Fly worked closely with the Mirpuri Foundation, its principal sustainability partner, to get the first passenger flight with not one single disposable plastic item on board off the ground.

In 2019, the experiment was repeated.

In 2020, Hi Fly became the first airline in the world not to use a single piece of plastic on all operated flights.

The journey:

Hi Fly and its principal sustainability partner, the Mirpuri Foundation, have long been pioneers for greener aviation, being serious about the future of the planet and our responsibility to future generations.

The company operated the world’s first ever ‘plastic-free’ trial flight when it took passengers on a Boxing Day trip from the carrier’s base in Lisbon to Natal, Brazil, on an Airbus A340 in December 2018. This was quickly followed with three further ‘plastic-free’ test flights in addition to a series of 12 reduced plastic journeys.

These flight tests helped to conclude that every commercial passenger long haul flight that takes to the air with no single-use plastic items on board prevents around 350 kg of single-use, virtually indestructible plastic from poisoning our environment, about the weight of a large touring motorcycle of poisonous plastic saved in every return journey.


The end result:

From January 1, 2020, as pledged by Hi Fly and the Mirpuri Foundation President Paulo Mirpuri in 2018, single-use plastic free flights became a reality. Since this day, Hi Fly’s own flights are taking to the air without any single-use plastic items on board. 

The leading wet-lease carrier has worked hard to replace plastic with bamboo cutlery, cups, spoons, and salt and pepper shakers, while packaging for bedding, dishes, individual butter pots, soft drink bottles and toothbrushes were switched with compostable alternatives crafted from recycled material.