Lisbon - From January 21, TAP Air Portugal has commenced commercial flights with its second and third Airbus A330-900. Both aircraft made their first flight from Lisbon to Sao Paulo.
The new Airbus A330-900s of the TAP Air Portugal registered CS-TUC and CS-TUD, joined the carrier's first plane of the same type with the registration CS-TUB, which made its commercial debut last month.
By the end of 2019, the Portuguese flag carrier will receive 19 Airbus A330-900 aircraft.
The Airbus A330-900s of the company are configured to host 298 passengers distributed in three classes - 34 seats in Business Class, 96 in Economy Plus and 168 in Economy Class. The new Airspace cabin by Airbus, among other novelties, offers more space for each customer, larger cabin bins and a relaxing cabin lighting system.
The Airbus A330-900 incorporates the latest generation of highly efficient Rolls-Royce Trent 7000 engines and, larger wings with enhanced new winglets to deliver the best aerodynamic performance. Together, they provide a significant reduction in fuel consumption by around 10-12% compared to previous generation aircraft of similar size.
TAP Air Portugal will receive 37 new aircraft in total by the end of this year and 71 by 2025, making the airline to own one of the most modern fleets in the world.
This fleet renewal process will allow the company to add new routes to its network as well as more frequencies. In North America, San Francisco, Washington, and Chicago are the new destinations already on sale alongside New York-JFK, New York-Newark, Boston and Miami from Lisbon, and New York-Newark, Toronto Pearson from Porto.
Naples, Tenerife, Tel Aviv, Dublin, and Basel are other new destinations that TAP has already announced for 2019.