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Airbus A330-900 receives EASA Type Certification

First Airbus A330neo

The Airbus A330-900 has received its Type Certification from the European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA). The aircraft is powered by Rolls-Royce Trent 7000 engines. The Type Certificate was signed by EASA’s Certification Director, Trevor Woods, and handed over by EASA’s Head of Large Aeroplanes Certification, Ludovic Aron, to Airbus’ Head of Engineering for Commercial Aircraft, Jean-Brice Dumont. Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) certification is expected to follow shortly.

In agreement with TAP Air Portugal, its first built aircraft served as a demonstrator for route proving around the world visiting more than 12 countries. Together with the two A330-900 flight test aircraft, the certification flight test campaign was successfully completed in around 1,400 flight test hours in under a year since the first flight on October 19, 2017.

The A330neo is a true new-generation family comprising the A330-900 and its smaller sibling, the A330-800, which will make its first flight in the coming weeks. The A330-900 in particular is the lowest seat-mile cost 300-seater which incorporates highly efficient Rolls-Royce Trent 7000 engines, a new 3D-optimised wing and new sharklets with use of lighter composite materials. Together, these advances bring a significant reduction in fuel consumption of 25 per cent compared with older generation aircraft of similar size.

Passengers can expect the highest levels of comfort when flying on the A330neo, with the aircraft featuring the award-winning Airspace by Airbus cabin with newly designed sidewalls and fixtures, larger overhead storage, advanced cabin mood lighting and the latest in-flight entertainment and connectivity.

Operationally, the A330neo shares a common pilot type-rating with the larger A350 XWB, which facilitates minimum flight training cost and maximum pilot productivity. Maintenance personnel will also benefit from the aircraft’s new Skywise data connectivity features which will help them to predict potential issues before they arise, thus ensuring maximum productivity of the aircraft in revenue service.

The A330 is one of the most popular widebody families ever, having received over 1,700 orders from 120 customers. More than 1,400 A330s are flying with over 120 operators worldwide. The A330neo is the latest addition to the leading Airbus widebody family, which also includes the A350 XWB and the A380, all featuring unmatched space and comfort combined with unprecedented efficiency levels and unrivalled range capability.

Top Copyright Photo: TAP Portugal – Air Portugal Airbus A330-941N F-WWKM (CS-TUA) (msn 1819) FAB (Antony J. Best). Image: 942899.

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TAP will fly from Lisbon to Tel Aviv, Dublin and Basel as of April 2019

TAP Portugal began selling flights to the three new destinations that will start operating in April 2019, Tel Aviv, Dublin and Basel.

According to TAP CEO, Antonoaldo Neves, these new routes are “another step in the path of strong strategic growth that the Company has been going through in recent years and will continue to develop”.

The flights between Lisbon and Tel Aviv, in Israel, carried out in Airbus A321 Long Range equipment, with a capacity for 168 passengers, will be daily, departing from the Portuguese capital at 02:20 pm and arriving in Israel at 09:30 pm. From Tel Aviv, depart at 5:05 am, arriving in Lisbon at 9:00 am.

For Dublin, TAP will offer two flights a day, departing from Lisbon at 7:05 am and 02:00 pm, and arriving at the capital of the Republic of Ireland at 9:50 am and 04:45 pm, from where they depart at 10:35 am and 05:30 pm, arriving at Humberto Delgado Airport, in Lisbon, at 01:15 pm and 08:10 pm. The route will be operated with Airbus A319 and A320 aircraft with capacity for 144 or 168 passengers.

Between Lisbon and Basel/Mulhouse/Freiburg will also be operated two daily flights in Airbus A319 and A320 equipment. Departures from Lisbon at 6:40 am and 03:50 pm, arriving in Basel at 10:20 am and 07:30 pm. On the return, departures from Basel at 11:05 am and 08:15 pm, which land in Lisbon at 01:00 pm and 10:10 pm. Basel Airport is placed next to a tripartite border, serving simultaneously, beyond the Swiss city of Basel, the cities of Mulhouse (France) and Freiburg (Germany).

With the inauguration of these three new routes, TAP will fly to a total of 91 airports, in 88 cities of 36 countries.

TAP's first A321neo, delivered on June 19, 2018

Above Copyright Photo: TAP Portugal – Air Portugal Airbus A321-251N WL CS-TJI (msn 8270) ZRH (Rolf Wallner). Image: 942725.

In other news, TAP has named its new Airbus A321neo aircraft, the first A321neo of its fleet, Júlio Pomar, in homage to the Portuguese painter and sculptor.

The A321neo Júlio Pomar is the third of 37 aircraft to be delivered to TAP by the end of next year. TAP is going to get 71 new aircraft in all by 2025 to fully renew its fleet with more modern and comfortable aircraft that are technologically advanced and around 15% more efficient in terms of fuel consumption and the reduction of CO2 emissions.

Júlio Pomar (1926-2018) left a multifaceted collection of work, including paintings, sculptures, drawings, engravings and ceramics. It is a real honor to have Júlio Pomar flying with us.

Just like the current fleet, all new aircraft are going to be named after prominent Portuguese personalities from different areas of activity.

Gonçalo Velho Cabral first explored the Azores 600 years ago. TAP’s second A321neo inherited his name and adventurous spirit.

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Airbus’ newest widebody, the A330neo, arrives in Mauritius for the first time

Airbus will fly its brand new A330neo to Mauritius for the first time, as part of the final phase of test flights leading to the Type Certification of its latest mid-size widebody airliner.  The aircraft, an A330-900 painted in the livery of launch operator TAP Air Portugal, will arrive at 12:50 am on 30th June at Sir-Seewoosagur-Ramgoolam International Airport (MRU) after a flight from Kuala Lumpur (Malaysia). This stopover is part of the ”route proving” campaign taking place around the world designed to demonstrate to aviation authorities its compatibility with airports and readiness for airline operations. This trip marks the A330neo’s first time in Africa.

The A330neo is the latest version of the best-selling twin aisle A330 Family and is available in two versions, with the A330-800 seating around 250 passengers in three classes and up to 400 in an all Economy layout, and the larger A330-900 offering accommodation for around 300 in three classes, or up to 440 in a high density single class configuration.

Air Mauritius has already ordered two A330-900 on lease from ALC, and later this year, Air Mauritius will be the world’s first airline to operate both the A330neo and the A350 XWB, the Airbus leading widebody family. Air Mauritius currently operates a fleet of 12 Airbus aircraft of which two A350s, six A340s, two A330s for long haul operations and two A319s for regional services.

Launched in July 2014, the A330neo family is the new generation A330. It builds on the proven economics, versatility and reliability of the A330 family, while reducing fuel consumption by about 25 percent versus previous generation competitors and increasing range by up to 1,500nm compared to the majority of A330s in operation. The A330neo is powered by Rolls-Royce’s latest-generation Trent 7000 engines and features a new wing with increased span and new A350 XWB inspired Sharklets.

Passengers can expect the highest levels of comfort when flying on the A330neo, with the aircraft featuring the award-winning Airbus Airspace cabin. The Airspace cabin has newly designed sidewalls and fixtures, larger overheard storage, advanced cabin mood lighting and the latest in-flight entertainment and connectivity.

The A330 is the most popular widebody aircraft ever, having won over 1,700 orders from 119 customers worldwide. Today, over 1,370 A330s are in service with 125 airlines, flying on everything from high density domestic and regional operations to long range intercontinental routes. Type Certification for the A330neo is scheduled for Q3 2018, followed by entry-into-commercial service with TAP Air Portugal.

Photo: Airbus.

TAP Portugal showcases its new Airbus A330-900neo on test flights

One of three new Airbus A330-900neos - first to fly

Starting on June 19, TAP’s new Airbus A330neo made the first of a series of flight tests around the world, in the TAP colors and with some TAP flight crew. The first flight in this series brought the A330neo to Lisbon for the first time, from where it flew to Rio de Janeiro, returning to the Portuguese capital before heading off once more, this time to São Paulo, Recife and Miami (below).

By the end of June, the A330neo in TAP’s colors will have carried out a test flight plan that will have taken it to Kuala Lumpur, Manila, Jakarta, Bangkok and Mauritius. During the final stage, TAP’s new aircraft will fly to New Delhi, Reykjavik, Chicago and Atlanta, before finishing its journey around the world by returning to the Airbus factory in Toulouse.


As the final step in the aircraft certification stage, these tests are also known as route tests and include ETOPS mission, diverted airport landings and handling tests. After visiting Europe, the A330neo will go on to visit the 15 main airports on five continents to achieve 150 hours of test flights.

The route verification tests are the latest requirements for Aircraft Type Certification scheduled for this summer.

On March 20 this year, TAP made history with this aircraft when TAP pilots took the A330-900neo for a flight in Toulouse. Normally only Airbus pilots are allowed to operate these flights. The aircraft was tested in several different flight configurations that are only used in training simulators, as well as several take-off and landing manoeuvres.

TAP will be the first airline in the world to operate the new A330-900neo aircraft. This aircraft will be the first equipped with the new version of the Airspace cabin, which is a new concept shaped to meet TAP’s ambition to offer the best product in the industry to its clients. As well as this new Airspace cabin interior, the A330neo will also incorporate the latest generation Rolls-Royce Trent 7000 jet turbines and aerodynamic improvements. With its unbeatable economy, versatility and reliability, the A330neo will consume up to 14% less fuel per seat, making it the world’s most efficient wide-bodied aircraft.

Top Copyright Photo (all others by Miami International Airport and Airbus): The first A330neo before its first flight: TAP Portugal – Air Portugal Airbus A330-941 F-WWCP (CS-TUB) (msn 1836) TLS (Eurospot). Image: 941471.

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airBaltic and TAP Air Portugal to start codeshare flights

airBaltic and the national airline of Portugal TAP Air Portugal has concluded a cooperation agreement, known as codeshare agreement. This partnership will enable airBaltic passengers more and diversified options to travel within the vast network of TAP Air Portugal including Brazil, Portugal and Africa. In turn this agreement will offer TAP Air Portugal passengers better connectivity to the Baltics, Scandinavia and Eastern Europe.

TAP Air Portugal will place its flight code TP on direct flights between Riga and Lisbon operated by airBaltic as well as via common gateways between TAP Air Portugal network and Riga.

TAP Air Portugal serves 83 destinations in 35 countries worldwide. TAP hub in Lisbon is a key European gateway at the crossroads of Africa, North, Central and South America, where TAP stands out as the international leading carrier in operation to Brazil.

airBaltic serves over 70 destinations from its home base in Riga, Latvia. From every one of these locations, airBaltic offers convenient connections via Riga to its network spanning Europe, Scandinavia, Russia, CIS and the Middle East. 

Photo: TAP and airBaltic.

The first TAP Airbus A330neo completes its first flight

Airbus made this announcement:

The first A330neo for launch operator TAP Air Portugal – MSN1819 – completed its 4:32 hours maiden flight on May 15, 2018.

The aircraft now joins the fleet of two A330-900 test aircraft already performing flight tests since October 19, 2017.

MSN 1819 is the first aircraft fitted with the Airspace cabin by Airbus. It is equipped with light Flight Test Instrumentation during its test phase to check cabin systems such as air conditioning, crew rest etc.

With over 1,700 orders, the A330 is the most popular wide-body aircraft ever, performing nearly 1,000,000 flights every year. Today, more than 1,400 aircraft have been delivered to almost 120 customers worldwide on a wide range of routes, from domestic and regional flights to long range intercontinental services.

Offering the lowest operating costs in its category, and thanks to continuous investments in latest innovations, the new generation A330neo is the most profitable and best performing aircraft in its size category. The A330neo first delivery is planned in summer 2018.

The A330neos will usher the brand-new Airspace by Airbus cabin concept, a consumer-centric cabin developed with passengers at heart and airlines in mind around the four pillars: Comfort, Ambience, Service and Design. These cabin options will ensure that the A330neos will set the benchmark in passenger experience and airline value, alongside its widebody partner, the A350 XWB.

Photo: Airbus. The pictured Airbus A330-941N F-WWKM (msn 1819) will become CS-TUA on delivery.

TAP now offers new daily flights from Porto to Barcelona, Milan, London City and Ponta Delgada

TAP Portugal Airbus A319-111 CS-TTP (msn 1165) LHR (SPA). Image: 937480.

TAP on March 25 launched its new routes from Porto. Barcelona, Milan, London (London City Airport) and Ponta Delgada represent the airline’s commitment to continue bringing passengers from around the world to Porto, and to bring Porto to the world.

Copyright Photo: TAP Portugal Airbus A319-111 CS-TTP (msn 1165) LHR (SPA). Image: 937480.

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