Hifly can have 10 years as an Airline, but the management, the Mirpuri family have a lot more than 10 years in airline/aviation industry. They were the founders of Air Luxor.
Paulo Mirpuri has been a member of the senior management team since 2005, leading the airline from a one aircraft operation to one of the largest wet leasing companies in the world. He was born in Lisbon, Portugal. After graduating at the UNL University, in Lisbon in 1990, he dedicated the following 25 years working in the Aviation Industry, leading successful projects in the field of business aviation, airlines and industry wide support services such as Airport Management, Aircraft Handling, Aircraft Maintenance, Aircraft Trading and Inflight Catering, covering the full supply chain.
Relevant projects in his career include the highly successful NetJets Europe, where Paulo Mirpuri invested as a founder partner and took the role as President in its operating arm between 1996 and 2005, expanding the fleet from 3 to 120 business jets over the first ten years of operation.
In the field of Business Aviation Paulo Mirpuri also invested in building, operating and developing under his executive management several Business Aviation Centers and FBO’s in Paris Le Bourget (today Signature Flight Support), Macau in China (Macau Business Aviation Center), Cape Verde and all major airports in Portugal, the later under the brand of Safeport. He also invested in commercial aviation, leading the now defunct Air Luxor thru its growth phase, until it became in 2004 the largest private airline in Portugal. He stepped down from the Board and left the airline when it was sold in 2006.
Paulo Mirpuri was appointed CEO and Chairman of Hi Fly in 2005. He also became since then President of Safeport (Aircraft Handling), MESA (Aircraft Maintenance) and LSKY (Inflight Catering). Under his management, the Group of Companies has experienced a successful growth and profitability operating worldwide.
In addition, Paulo Mirpuri is Chairman at Mirpuri Foundation, a non-profit organisation he set up with the aim of sparking positive change in the world. Mirpuri Foundation supports specific projects within the fields of Aerospace, Medical Research, Marine Conservation, Wildlife Conservation and Social Responsibility.
Besides its extensive business management experience for almost three decades, Paulo Mirpuri is a medical doctor, an Airbus qualified airline pilot and a qualified Skipper. His favorite sports are sailing, golf, tennis and horse riding.
Carlos Mirpuri is Vice-President of Hi Fly since it was launched in 2005. A professional pilot since 1981, he has an extensive technical and managerial background. As an active airline pilot, he keeps all his ratings and credentials as Captain, instructor and examiner, maintaining close contact with the areas he closely oversees, as is the case of flight, ground and maintenance operations of the Group. Having started his career as a flight instructor, he then flew commuters before joining TAP Air Portugal in 1986, where he spent over 15 years. In 2001 he resigned from TAP to dedicate himself full time to his Aviation Group. He is also a consultant Airbus Training UK.
His pilot related work experience includes Hi Fly since 2005; Airbus Training UK – Consultant since 2006; Air Luxor – between 2001and 2006; TAP Air Portugal – between 1986 and 2001; LAR Trans-regional – between 1985 and 1986 and Airline Pilot Training Centre, US, FL – Flight Instructor, between 1982 and 1985.
Carlos Mirpuri has a Total Flight Time of around 16 000 flight hours, including over 10 500 Command hours in Airbus fly-by-wire aircraft.
Licenses and ratings of Carlos Mirpuri include EASA ATPL, TRI and TRE: A320 / A330-350 / A340, FAA ATP: A320 / B737.
Aircraft flown: A340, A330, A320, A310, L1011 Tristar, B727, B737, Cessna Citation, Rockwell Commander 500S/690B, Beechcraft King Air, DHC - 6 Twin Otter, multiple MEP and SEP. He is also qualified to perform A340 three engine ferry flights, and is factory qualified to perform Functional Check Flights in Airbus fly-by-wire aircraft.
Carlos Mirpuri management experience includes Vice-President of NetJets Europe between 1996 and 2005, Vice-President of several Business Aviation Centers and FBO’s in Paris, Macau, Cape Verde and Portugal main airports. In commercial aviation, Carlos Mirpuri was Vice-President of the now defunct Air Luxor thru its growth phase, until it became in 2004 the largest private airline in Portugal. He stepped down from the Board and left the airline when it was sold in 2006. Carlos Mirpuri was appointed Vice-President of Hi Fly in 2005. He is also the accountable manager of MESA, the Group Part-145 MRO.
With his extensive aviation experience for over three decades, Carlos Mirpuri has marked leadership qualities, acquired throughout his training, command and management activities. Today his group of companies employs over 500 aviation professionals. His other interests include sailing, swimming, motorsports, dogs and horses. A helicopter rating is next in his bucket list.
Personal Information taken from Hifly website.