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TAP Air Portugal opens three new connections in the Americas with the Airbus A321LR

TAP Portugal - Air Portugal Airbus A321-251N WL CS-TJI (msn 8270) LHR (Tony Storck). Image: 947178.

Lisbon-Maceió, Lisbon-Montreal and Lisbon-Ponta Delgada-Boston are TAP’s new routes.

  • Unbeatable economy and efficiency of new aircraft drive the Company’s growth.
  • In four years, TAP already serves the same number of North American cities as it does in Brazil.

TAP continues to invest heavily in the Americas and once again expands its network of transatlantic destinations with the launch of three new routes: Maceió, in Brazil; Montreal, Canada; and Lisbon-Ponta Delgada-Boston, in the United States, all starting next year.

The Company’s three new connections reinforce TAP’s growth commitment in Brazilian and North Atlantic markets.

A321LR allows expansion of operation in Brazil

Relative to Brazil, this is the first time in five years that the Portuguese Company announces a new route.

Maceió 

In 2020, Maceió, capital of the northeast state of Alagoas, is the latest city in Brazil to be served by TAP’s new generation Airbus NEO aircraft, thus becoming TAP’s 11th Brazilian destination.

Maceió is a great  destination for families and lovers of sun, sea and culture. Warm, turquoise beaches for all tastes, golden sand and coconut tree-lined roads are some of the undeniable beauties of the this exciting new destination in TAP’s Brazilian network.
The route will have three weekly frequencies. Departures from Lisbon are at 17:15 with arrival at the Brazilian destination at 21:15, on Wednesdays, Fridays and Sundays.

Investment in the most modern, efficient and comfortable equipment, notably the introduction of the new A321LR aircraft, allows TAP to also increase frequencies for the cities of Natal and Belém, increasing from three to five flights per week for each one. TAP’s A321LR is an exceptionally efficient aircraft in terms of fuel consumption and reduced carbon emissions. The aircraft’s smaller size and lower trip costs permits TAP to operate profitability in smaller markets that cannot be regularly served by larger widebody aircraft.

With the strengthening of the network in Brazil next year, TAP will operate in this market a total of 92 weekly frequencies, 15 more than in 2015.

Despite increasing competition in the Brazilian market, TAP maintained its market share at around 26%, with the European Company offering more routes and providing more seats. In 2018 alone, TAP carried 89% of passengers with direct flights between Brazil and Portugal.

TAP grows from three to 11 North Atlantic routes 

The inauguration of the Lisbon-Montreal and Ponta Delgada-Boston route shows the achievement of one of the strategic paths outlined since the beginning of TAP’s transformation process: the conquest of the North Atlantic.

The Canadian City with French Feeling: Montreal

Canada’s second largest city is TAP’s newest North Atlantic destination. Montreal is multicultural, cosmopolitan and has French feeling. Due to its historical heritage, the official language of the city is French, being the second largest francophone city after Paris in France.

To weather the cold and heavy snow during the winter, Montreal has one of the largest underground cities in the world, extending practically all over the city, with over 1500 stores and over 2000 restaurants. There are more than 30 kilometers of tunnels that make it easy to connect the main points of interest in the city.

The Airline will operate six weekly frequencies between Lisbon and Montreal. Flights depart to the new destination in North America from the Portuguese capital every day, except Wednesdays, at 2:55 pm and arrive in the Canadian city at 5:40 pm. And will be available for sale from November 25, with operations beginning next year.

In total, TAP will operate 82 weekly frequencies in the North American market next year, which represents a significant increase in supply compared to 2015, when the Company operated only 16 weekly frequencies. In Portugal, the Company will also increase the number of connections between Lisbon and Ponta Delgada, from 4 to 5 daily.

Ponta Delgada-Boston is one of the strategic routes that reinforce the Company’s growth in the North Atlantic. From 2020, Portugal will have, from Lisbon and Ponta Delgada, two direct routes to Boston, hub city of TAP partner JetBlue, which will allow the Portuguese company to carry even more passengers from various points of the US.

With these new connections and remaining supply increases, TAP expects to carry an additional 390,000 North Americans between Portugal and the North Atlantic next year, increasingly contributing to the national economy and the growth of the tourism. TAP currently carries close to one million passengers from North America to Europe.

North America is already one of the Company’s three main international markets. From 2015 to October 2019, the total number of Customers transported to and from North America has increased by 250%.

Top Copyright Photo: TAP Portugal – Air Portugal Airbus A321-251N WL CS-TJI (msn 8270) LHR (Tony Storck). Image: 947178.

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TAP honors Portugal’s first queen

TAP Air Portugal made this announcement:

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On Thursday, August 1, TAP baptized one of its new Airbus A330neo aircraft (registration number CS-TUA) with the name “D. Maria I”, in tribute to Portugal’s first queen regnant.

D. Maria I, eldest daughter of D. José I, received the title Princess of Brazil when her father was crowned king in 1750. The aircraft named after her is part of the Airline’s long-haul fleet, and as such will also be flying to the destination of her title – Brazil – which she held until she was crowned as queen in 1777.

The reign of D. Maria I was marked by significant investment in culture and science, with scientific missions being sent to Brazil and Africa, including countries such as Angola, Cape Verde and Mozambique. There was also investment in education, through the creation and revitalisation of institutions such as the Royal Academy of Sciences, the Naval Academy, the Public Library and Casa Pia, among others.

The “D. Maria I” aircraft is set to cross the Atlantic for the first time this Wednesday, on flight TP259 to Toronto, Canada.

The new “D. Maria I” also joins other personalities from Portuguese history who TAP has commemorated in its long-haul fleet, such as D. João de Castro, D. Francisco de Almeida, D. Maria II, João Vaz Côrte-Real and João XXI, among many others.

Photo: TAP.

TAP Air Portugal introduces Porto – Brussels flights

TAP Air Portugal has made this announcement:

TAP inaugurated nonstop flights from Porto to Brussels on July 1. There will be two flights from Porto to the Belgian capital every day, at 7:00 a.m. and 5:35 p.m., arriving in Brussels at 10:30 a.m. and 9:05 p.m. respectively.

This is a special week for the airline in Porto because, apart from inaugurating the Porto-Brussels flight routes, TAP is also celebrating the 30th anniversary of its northern base this Tuesday.

As of September 1, TAP is also going to inaugurate two new routes from Porto to Lyon and Munich. With these new routes being launched from Porto airport, TAP will be operating 19 direct flights from Porto to other European destinations, the United States and Brazil. With a total of 288 flights a week, this is 25% more than the 234 flights the airline operated from Porto in 2015 before it was privatised.

The new routes that TAP inaugurated this year from Porto represent a 34% increase in direct flights from Porto to Europe compared to last year. It is further recalled that the airline had increased its connections to Europe in 2018 with the start of the operations to Barcelona, London City, Milan and Ponta Delgada.

This TAP investment in Porto was only possible due to its larger fleet size. TAP is going to receive 37 new aircraft by the end of this year and 71 by 2025. With this new fleet, the airline will be able to fly to new destinations and offer more flights on existing routes. The flights to new destinations in North America that are already in operation are San Francisco, Washington and Chicago. In addition, TAP has already started running medium-haul flights to Naples, Tenerife, Telavive, Dublin and Basil in 2019.

TAP launches Airbus A321LR service from Porto to New York

TAP Air Portugal yesterday (June 1) launched its first Airbus A321LR trans-Atlantic service from Porto to New York.

The airline is wrongly claiming this is the world’s first A321LR trans-Atlantic revenue flight but this was already accomplished by Air Transat on May 15, 2019, from Montréal (Trudeau) to Nantes, France.

All photos by TAP.

TAP Air Portugal to add Conakry in July

TAP Air Portugal will begin to fly between Lisbon and Conakry from July 3 onwards, offering three weekly flights between the two capitals.


Flights will depart from Lisbon on Wednesdays, Fridays and Sundays at 7.25 pm and arrive in Conakry at 11.10 pm. In the opposite direction, flights will depart from Guinea’s capital on Mondays, Thursdays and Sundays at 12.05 am and arrive in the Portuguese capital at 5.30 am (local time).

With the launch of this new route to the African continent, TAP will cover 17 African cities in 11 countries. In addition to Conakry (Guinea), the carrier also flies to Luanda (Angola), Maputo (Mozambique), S. Tome (Sao Tome and Principe), Bissau (Guinea-Bissau), Praia, Sal, Sao Vicente and Boa Vista (Cape Verde), Marrakesh, Casablanca, Tangier and Fez (Morocco), Dakar (Senegal), Abidjan (Côte d’Ivoire), Accra (Ghana) and Lomé (Togo).

In 2018, TAP’s African routes saw a significant rise in the number of passengers: 116,000 more than in 2017, totaling 1.1 million passengers, which is a growth of 11.2% compared to the previous year.

TAP grew more than 10 percent in 2018 and carried about 16 million passengers

TAP Air Portugal issued this statement:

The routes that contributed more to this significant growth were the European ones (excluding Portugal), in which TAP transported 932 thousand passengers more than in 2017, equivalent to over 10.7 percent.

On flights between Lisbon, Porto and Faro, TAP transported for the first time more than one million passengers, reaching 1.1 million, which represents a growth of 9.4 percent over the previous year.

The flights between the mainland and the Azores and Madeira recorded the highest relative growth of 13.5 percent, totaling 1.3 million passengers, 156 thousand more than in the previous year.

The African routes operated by TAP had a considerable increase in the number of passengers, with 116 thousand more than in 2017, for a total of 1.1 million passengers, this represents an increase of 11.3 percent.

TAP’s major bet and investment in the North American market was reflected in the 9.6 percent increase in the number of passengers transported, which increased by 70 thousand when compared to 2017, for a total of 800 thousand.


The routes in Brazil continue to be decisive for TAP and also saw a strong increase in the number of passengers transported over the past year.

In total, TAP transported between Portugal and Brazil, to and from the 11 cities where it operates in this country, 1.7 million passengers, 124 thousand more, or 7.8 percent more, than in 2017.

As for the main indicators used in the air transport industry, in terms of ASK (available seat kilometers, a measure of available seats), TAP had, in 2018, a 12.3 percent growth, for a total of 47 million.

The RPK (Revenue Passenger Kilometers, a measure for seat demand) increased by 9,6 percent to a total of 38 million.

Both indicators show that the TAP growth is well above the industry growth averages at European and global level.

With an increase in supply (ASK) 2.7 percentage points higher than the increase in demand (RPK), the Load Factor was 81 percent, two percentage points less than in 2017, placing TAP’s occupancy rate at levels similar to the average of other European companies (81.7 percent) and above the world average which, in 2018, was close to 80 percent (publicly released data by IATA relating to the cumulative until November, 2018).

All photos by TAP.