TAP began direct flights between Porto and Munich, Germany’s third-largest city last Sunday. Daily flights to the Bavarian city depart Porto at 11:30 a.m. and arrive at 5:45 p.m.
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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.
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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 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.
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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.
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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).
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TAP’s new destinations from Porto are now on sale. Brussels, Lyon and Munich are European cities to which TAP will offer direct flights from Porto in 2019.
Flights to the capital of Belgium begin on July 1 with two daily flights. Departures from Porto are at 7:00 a.m. and 5:35 p.m., arriving in Brussels at 10:30 a.m. and 9:05 p.m., respectively.
TAP operations to Lyon, France and Munich, Germany, will begin on September 1. Flights to Lyon will be twice daily: departure from Porto at 6:30 a.m. and arrival in Lyon at 9:35 a.m. and departure from Porto at 6:30 p.m. and arrival in the French city at 9:35 p.m.
For Munich, TAP operations will begin with a daily flight departing from Porto at 12:15 p.m. and arriving in the German city at 3:55 p.m.
This increase in routes from the Porto Airport allows TAP to operate 19 direct routes from Porto to airports in Europe, the United States and also Brazil, in a total of 288 weekly flights.
The new routes that TAP will inaugurate this year from Porto represent a 34% increase in direct connections from Porto to Europe compared to last year. Nevertheless, in 2018 the company had already increased the number of connections to Europe with the launch of operations to Barcelona, London (London City Airport), Milan and Ponta Delgada.
The opening of new routes this year is possible thanks to the reinforcement of aircraft that TAP is carrying out.
TAP will receive 37 new aircraft by the end of this year and 71 by 2025.
In North America, San Francisco, Washington and Chicago are the new long haul destinations for 2019 already on sale.
Naples, Tenerife, Tel Aviv, Dublin and Basel are also new routes that TAP has already announced for 2019.
In other news, TAP took delivery of two additional Airbus A330-900neo aircraft on January 10. By the end of 2019, TAP will receive another 16 Airbus A330-900neos in addition to the three already delivered.
The Airbus A330-900neo has 298 seats comfortably arranged across three cabin classes: 34 seats in executive, 96 in economy plus and 168 in economy. The new Airspace by Airbus cabin offers each passenger more space, bigger luggage compartments and an innovative cabin lighting system. The new aircraft will be used to enhance TAP’s long-haul operations.
The Airbus A330-900neo is a state-of-the-art aircraft. It includes the latest generation and super efficient Rolls-Royce Trent 7000 turbines, a larger wing with 3D optimisation and new sharklets to provide the best aerodynamic performance. These advances result in a 10-12% reduction in fuel consumption compared to last generation aircraft of a similar size.
Top Copyright Photo (all others by the airline): TAP Portugal – Air Portugal Airbus A321-251N WL CS-TJI (msn 8270) ZRH (Andi Hiltl). Image: 943522.
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