Mirpuri Foundation sponsored a group of 162 children and 52 adults, most supported by charities in the Alentejo region, with their first flight experience. The journey, on board of an Airbus A340-300 from Hi Fly, began at Beja Airport, at 12 a.m., and had an approximate duration of one hour, ending at the same location.
During their first time boarding an aircraft, the visibly excited passengers had the opportunity to fly over the magnificent landscapes of the Alentejo and Algarve coast. The flight route included Sagres, a remote region of dramatic natural scenery, situated at the extreme western tip of southern Portugal, comprising of raging seas, towering cliffs and vast beaches.
All along the journey, every passenger was also able to experience the innovative IFE system on board the aircraft, the RAVE Centric. Each passenger chose, individually, the film they would like to be displayed on the touch screen located in front of them. Simultaneously, the children were offered a tasty snack and even earned some treats.
The entities and institutions which participated in the initiative promoted by Hi Fly were: PSP, ANA, EUROPCAR, CMB – Câmara Municipal de Beja, CERCI Beja, GAPRIC Aljustrel, Centro Escolar Castro Verde, Escola Nº 3 Vila Nova de Stº André, Casa Pia Beja and Cáritas Diocesana de Beja.