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TAP Portugal confirmed as launch operator for A330neo with Airspace by Airbus cabin

Aircraft Interiors Expo (AIX) 2016 – TAP Portugal has signed an agreement with Airbus to be the first operator of the new A330neo airliner and therefore also become the launching carrier to fly the Airspace by Airbus cabin brand in the A330neo. In 2015, the airline placed a large fleet renewal contract with Airbus which included an order for 14 A330-900neos. Passengers will soon be...

Portugal buys 50 percent of TAP Airline for $2.1 Million

The Associated Press. The Portuguese government says it has agreed to buy 50 percent of the country's carrier TAP Air Portugal for 1.9 million euros ($2.1 million). Speaking after a signing ceremony Saturday, Humberto Pedrosa, who heads the Atlantic Gateway consortium that held 61 percent of the airline, said the deal would leave it holding a 45 percent stake in TAP, with the remainder o...

Passengers Evacuated After Bomb Threat On TAP Flight

A bomb threat on a plane preparing to leave Faro airport in Portugal's southern region of Algarve for Lisbon forced the evacuation of 38 passengers early on Tuesday, a spokesman for TAP said. "There was a bomb threat and the plane was handed over to the authorities for inspection. The passengers have been removed," he said, declining to provide details on how the threat had been d...

TAP takes delivery of two new A330’s to leverage its expansion in North America

TAP will phase in two new A330-200 long haul aircraft until next June in order to leverage its plan to expand services in the United States, a market where the company will vigorously promote Portugal as an excellent tourism destination and Lisbon as the prime gateway into Europe for North American travellers. To achieve such target, TAP will soon launch promotional campaigns and...

TAP launches 'Porto - Lisbon Shuttle

• TAP EXPRESS will operate a new fleet of 8 ATR 72 and 9 Embraer 190 aircraft and increase capacity by 47% • More comfortable and ‘silent’ fleet, with 40% lower fuel consumption per passenger • New fleet evaluated in 400 million EUR • New Porto-Lisbon shuttle with flights every hour and prices starting at € 39 EUR  &b...

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...