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Aero Vip resumes North-South Portuguese PSO route

Aero Vip has resumed domestic North-South domestic Portuguese PSO flights following a near four year-long hiatus. The carrier secured a EUR7.15 million (USD7.79 million) three-year contract from the Portuguese government to operate daily Braganca-Vila Real-Viseu-Cascais-Portimão return flights late last year. Service, which began on December 23, is on-board Aero Vip's fleet of Do228s...

TAP and Ethiopian Airlines start codeshare services

TAP, Portugal’s leading airline and Ethiopian Airlines, the largest African airline, both Members of Star Alliance, have started code-share services between Portugal and Ethiopia as of November 24, 2015. These flights are made available for bookings through both carriers own websites – at www.flytap.com and www.flyethiopian.com – as well as via the worldwide reservations systems....

Rolls-Royce welcomes TAP Portugal’s selection of 14 A330neo aircraft powered by Trent 7000

Rolls-Royce welcomes the decision by TAP Portugal to select 14 Airbus A330-900neo aircraft, powered by the Trent 7000 engine. The aircraft will join TAP Portugal’s fleet as part of its fleet renewal announced by the airline’s new majority owner Atlantic Gateway. The new aircraft order replaces the previous order for 12 A350-900 aircraft. Dominic Horwood, Ro...

TAP Portugal orders 53 Airbus jets; Gateway completes buy in

TAP Portogal (TP, Lisbon) has signed a firm order with Airbus Industrie (AIB, Toulouse Blagnac) for fifty-three aircraft including fourteen A330-900neo, fifteen A320neo, and twenty-four A321neo. The A330neo order replaces a previous one for twelve A350-900s announced in 2005. The aircraft will join TAP Portugal as part of a fleet renewal programme announced by the airline’s new...

Lisbon airport accidentally shows porn at baggage reclaim

Airline passengers waiting for their luggage at Lisbon airport were surprised to find a porn video playing on a television screen above one of the baggage carousels. The video, which appears to have been fairly graphic, was playing at about 3am and is said to have remained on the screen for several minutes before an airport employee reported it. One passenger videoed the incident and posted...

Portuguese competition watchdog okays Gateway control of TAP

The Portuguese Competition Authority (Autoridade da Concorrência - AdC) has given Gateway, a joint-venture between jetBlue Airways (B6, New York JFK) and Azul Linhas Aereas Brasileiras (AD,Campinas Viracopos) founder David Neeleman and Portuguese bus company Barraqueiro Group, the greenlight to acquire a 61% stake in the country's national carrier, TAP Portugal (TP, Lisbon...

Portugal's Competition Authority Approves TAP Sale

The sale of flag carrier TAP to a consortium led by American-Brazilian aviation tycoon David Neeleman has been approved by Portugal's competition authority. The approval came just before Portugal holds a general election on Sunday. The main opposition Socialists, who are lagging in the polls, were against the sale of TAP. The Atlantic Gateway consortium that won the privatisation is also...