• Joe Breitfeller

TAP Air Portugal Receives Two New Airbus A330neos, Bringing Fleet Total to 19 of The Type

Last Saturday, TAP Air Portugal announced the receipt of two new Airbus A330neos on the same day. The airline now has 19 of the type, which accounts for 70% of TAP’s total flight time. The carrier has completely transformed their fleet in just four years.

TAP Air Portugal A330neo - Courtesy TAP Air Portugal

On Saturday (February 14, 2020) TAP Air Portugal announced the receipt of two additional Airbus A330neos, bringing their fleet total of the type to 19. With TAP’s radical fleet transformation over the last four years, 70% of the carrier's total flight time is now completed by A330neos. The state-of-the art A330neos have brought unbeatable fuel economy and efficiency to the airline, boosting the company’s growth. The ferry delivery flights (CS-TUQ and CS-TUS) took off from the Airbus manufacturing facility in Toulouse, France on Friday and arrived in Lisbon late Friday evening.

The A330neo incorporates highly efficient Rolls-Royce Trent 7000 engines, a larger wingspan and new sharklets to provide superior aerodynamic performance. TAP Air Portugal was the world’s first airline to operate the A330neo, opening the way for a new type of long-haul travel. TAP guests traveling on the 298-seat aircraft type enjoy a quiet and comfortable journey, with advanced technology, a state of the art IFE system and Wi-Fi connectivity. TAP was also a pioneer in offering customers unlimited free onboard Wi-Fi texting on transatlantic flights.

As part of TAP’s radical fleet transformation over the last four years, the carrier has completely renovated that cabins on existing aircraft by installing new seats and reconfiguring the aircraft with Business Class, EconomyXtra and the traditional Economy Class. The company has also transformed the Portugália fleet by launching a new regional and domestic brand, TAP Express. TAP has also introduced the medium-haul Airbus A321LR to their fleet, which can serve international destinations from the carrier’s Lisbon hub.

Remarkably, TAP has replaced 70 percent of their long-haul fleet in a single year, something unprecedented in the industry. The carrier’s medium-haul fleet now consists of 57 aircraft including seven Airbus A320neos, eight A321neos, four A321LRs, and 41 Airbus A320ceo Family (previous generation) aircraft. The long-haul fleet consists of 19 Airbus A330neos and seven A330ceos. Over the last four years, TAP’s fleet has grown from 75 to 107 aircraft, and this year the carrier expects to receive ten new A320neo and A330neo Family aircraft. By 2025, TAP will receive a total of 71 new aircraft, creating one of the world’s youngest and most efficient fleets.

Source: TAP Air Portugal


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