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TAP Air Portugal grows by 4.8% in the first six months of 2019

TAP Air Portugal carried 8 million passengers in first half 2019

  • Number of passengers carried rises in the Company’s total network
  • North America recorded the largest increase (+ 9.6%)
  • European routes, excluding Portugal, with the highest number of passengers carried (4.8 million)
  • Azores and Madeira with 4.9 percent increase in traffic

In the first six months of the year, TAP Air Portugal carried around 8 million passengers (7.9 million), representing a growth of 4.8 percent over the previous year.

The Company was able to record passenger increases in all network sectors it operates (except South and Central Atlantic), especially North America, with 9.6 percent more passengers transported, for a total of 428 thousand, and Africa, where TAP grew 8.5 percent to 586,000 passengers.

Brazil experienced a slight slowdown, with 2 percent fewer passengers in the first half, but with the most recent months already showing signs of a recovery. In June, for example, TAP carried 3.4 percent more in Brazilian routes than in the same month of 2018.

On European routes – excluding Portugal – TAP had the highest absolute growth, reaching 4.8 million passengers, 227 thousand more, or 4.9 percent, than in the first six months of the previous year.

In flights between mainland Portugal airports (Lisbon, Porto and Faro), TAP grew 1.8 percent. In the Azores and Madeira routes, the national airline increased by 4.9 per cent, reaching 633,000 passengers on all routes to and from the Autonomous Regions.

Also noteworthy is the Lisbon-Porto “Ponte Aérea”, with growth in the first half of 5.8 percent for the 400,000 passengers.

It is recalled that, traditionally, the first semester always has lower records than the second semester. Additionally, TAP launched new routes during the first half (Tel Aviv, Basel and Dublin on March 31, Chicago, Washington, San Francisco, Naples and Tenerife throughout June) and some already in the second half in July (Conakry and Porto-Brussels), with their impact on traffic growth only fully felt in the second half of the year.

In September, the Company will also open flights between Porto and Munich and Lyon and between Lisbon and Banjul. The effect of the new routes, coupled with the traditional higher traffic of the second half, allows TAP to state that in 2019 the airline will surpass all records in the number of passengers carried.

All photos by the airline.
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TAP to fly to Banjul, Gambia

TAP Portugal - Air Portugal Airbus A320-214 WL CS-TNT (msn 4095) LIS (Ton Jochems). Image: 946599.

TAP will begin flying to Banjul, the capital of The Gambia, on October 26, 2019. TAP will offer three flights per week from Lisbon.

This is another example of the national airline strengthening its service to Africa, a market in which TAP has recorded significant growth.

The service will use Airbus A320 aircraft, with three flights per week, leaving Lisbon at 20:55 on Tuesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays and arriving in Banjul at 00:10 the next day. The flights will then leave Banjul at 01:05 (on Wednesdays, Fridays and Sundays), arriving at Humberto Delgado Airport at 06:05 (all times local).

TAP flies to the following destinations in Africa: Morocco (Marrakesh, Casablanca, Tangier and Fez), Cape Verde (Sal, Praia, S. Vicente and Boa Vista), Senegal (Dakar), Guinea-Bissau (Bissau), Ivory Coast (Abidjan), Togo (Lomé), Ghana (Accra), S. Tomé and Príncipe (S. Tomé), Angola (Luanda) and Mozambique (Maputo) – a total of 16 cities in 10 countries.

The new destination of Banjul, in The Gambia, and the recently announced start of flights to Conakry, in Guinea, bring the number of African countries and cities the national airline directly serves from Portugal to 12 and 18, respectively.

TAP carried more than 1.1 million passengers on its African routes in 2018, an increase of 11.3% compared to the previous year. TAP continues its growth in Africa with these new destinations for 2019.

Top Copyright Photo: TAP Portugal – Air Portugal Airbus A320-214 WL CS-TNT (msn 4095) LIS (Ton Jochems). Image: 946599.

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For the first time in it’s 74 year history, TAP has 100 aircraft

TAP has released this statement:

  • TAP has received yet another Airbus A330neo, bringing the total number of aircraft of the company’s fleet to 100;
  • The new aircraft have enabled record growth to be achieved in the United States. TAP was the fastest growing European airline over the past four years on routes between Europe and the United States;
  • On average, each new TAP aircraft results in €28 million in duties and taxes each year to the Portuguese economy. And more than 750 jobs in Portugal.

On May 20, TAP marks a historic day in its 74 year history. With the arrival of another A330neo – CS-TUI, which has been named King Afonso Henriques – the company has 100 aircraft in its fleet for the first time.

The renovation of the TAP fleet, with 71 new aircraft due to arrive by 2025, is one of the main pillars of the new shareholders’ Strategic Plan. This was presented and approved by the Portuguese State when the company was privatised in 2015. A significant part of TAP’s transformation and modernisation rests on these latest generation aircraft, offering more seats and lower costs.

The new aircraft allow new routes to be opened and help TAP diversify its income streams. The company continues to grow in Brazil, a market in which it retains market leadership for connections to Europe, with a 22.8% increase in the number of passengers carried between 2015 and 2018. We also have a strong commitment to the North Atlantic market, where there has been a 176.5% growth in passenger numbers between 2015 and 2018, alongside almost four-fold growth in the number of seats available in four years.

TAP was the fastest growing European airline on routes to the United States, offering 245,000 more seats compared to 2015.

The new fleet is also an important contribution to the country. Each new TAP airline makes a significant contribution to the country’s GDP, generating an average of €28 million in duties and taxes each year for the Portuguese economy and creating more than 750 jobs in Portugal, on average.

The growth in TAP’s fleet has, in just four years, put the company above the average of other leading European airlines in terms of growth: TAP’s fleet grew by 21% between 2015 and 2018, while other European airlines have grown 13% on average, according to data from Flight Global.

TAP’s passenger numbers have also grown faster than the average of other leading European airlines: The number of passengers carried between 2015 and 2018 is up 39%, compared to the average of 19% for our European competitor airlines.

TAP will continue receiving new aircraft for the rest of this year, and will open new routes – flights to Chicago, San Francisco and Washington start in June. TAP will also bring more tourists to Portugal. In 2018, TAP brought 4 million tourists to Portugal, who contributed more than €5.5 billion to the national economy.

TAP Portugal puts its first Airbus A320neo delivery of 2019 into service, expands at Porto

"Padre Américo", TAP's first A320neo, delivered April 7, 2018

TAP made this announcement:

On March 2, TAP debuted its new Airbus A320neo CS-TVB, with flight TP1699 from Lisbon to Funchal. This is the first model of this jetliner to arrive at the company this year.

The new Airbus A320neo, which is now part of the TAP Medium-Haul fleet, offers 174 seats. By the end of this year, TAP will receive 37 new airliners of the four Airbus models: A320neo, A321neo, A321LR, and A330neo.

TAP plans to receive 71 new aircraft by 2025, making it one of the most modern fleets in the world. The TAP fleet currently includes two Airbus A320neo, five Airbus A321neo, and three Airbus A330neo.

Above Photo: TAP/SpotterBR. Last week, the Airbus A330neo flew for the first time from Lisbon to Brasília.

In other news, TAP has announced an increase in the number of departures from Porto. Recently, TAP had announced new flights between Porto and Newark, moving from the current two flights per week to six weekly flights.

TAP flights between Porto and Newark will be operated by one of the most modern jetliners in the world: the Airbus A321 Long Range, an aircraft that offers high levels of comfort, efficiency, and technology. Flights between Porto and São Paulo will take place on Tuesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays.

With these new flights from Porto Airport, TAP will operate 288 connections per week. This includes 19 direct flights from Porto to Brazil, the US and Europe.

TAP’s new destinations from Porto – Brussels, Lyon and Munich – represent a 34% increase in direct connections from Porto to Europe, compared to last year. TAP’s investment in Porto is only possible thanks to the expansion of its fleet.

Top Copyright Photo: Sister aircraft: TAP Portugal – Air Portugal Airbus A320-251N WL CS-TVA (msn 8043) LHR (Rolf Wallner). Image: 944440.

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Airbus delivers the first A330-900 to launch operator TAP Air Portugal

TAP Air Portugal has taken delivery of the world’s first new generation widebody A330neo and, as the launch airline, will be the first to benefit from the aircraft’s unbeatable operating economics, increased range, and Airbus’ new Airspace cabin offering passengers the best in class comfort. The Portuguese carrier will take delivery of a further 20 A330-900s in the coming years.

TAP Air Portugal’s first A330-900 is leased from Avolon. It features 298 seats in a comfortable three-class lay-out with 34 full-flat business class, 96 economy plus and 168 economy class seats. The Airspace by Airbus cabin offers more personal space, larger overhead storage bins, advanced cabin lighting and the latest generation in-flight entertainment system and connectivity. The aircraft will be deployed on routes from Portugal to the Americas and Africa.

The A330neo is a true new generation aircraft building on the A330’s success and leveraging on A350 XWB technology. It incorporates the highly efficient new generation Rolls-Royce Trent 7000 engines, and a new higher span 3D optimised wing with new sharklets fully optimised for the best aerodynamic performance. Together these advances bring a significant reduction in fuel consumption of 25 percent compared with older generation competitor aircraft of a similar size. Moreover, new composite nacelles, a fully faired titanium pylon and zero-splice air inlet technology provide the A330-900 with state-of-the-art aerodynamics and acoustics .

Today, TAP Air Portugal operates an Airbus fleet of 72 aircraft (18 A330s, 4 A340s,and 50 A320 Family aircraft). The single-aisle fleet includes 22 A319ceo, 21 A320ceo and four A321ceo, one A320neo and two recently delivered A321neo.

The A330 is one of the most popular widebody families ever, having received over 1,700 orders from 120 customers. More than 1,380 A330s are flying with over 128 operators worldwide. The new 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.

Photos: Airbus.

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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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.