Lisbon, Portugal - Portugal's flag carrier TAP Air Portugal achieved a historic milestone today with the delivery of a new Airbus A320neo. The numbers of aircraft in the airline's fleet reached 100 for the first time in the 74-year company history.
The Portuguese flag carrier follows a comprehensive fleet renewal program of 71 aircraft, which will be completed by 2025. A significant part of the airline’s modernization plan relies on the latest generation aircraft, offering more seats and lower operating costs.
The all-Airbus operator has 58 more aircraft on order with the European manufacturer waiting to be delivered (15 A320neo, 13 A321neo, 13 A321LR, 17 A330-900).
The addition of new generation planes helps the Portuguese carrier to expand its route network. The company continues to grow in Brazil, where the airline is the market leader for flights from and to Europe.
TAP is also one of the fastest growing European airlines on routes to the United States. Today, the company offers 245,000 more seats for destinations in the US compared to 2015.
The fast growth rate of the airline in the last four years put it above the other leading European airlines. The fleet of the airline grew by 21 percent between 2015 and 2018, while other European airlines have grown only 13 percent on average.
In terms of passenger numbers transported in the same period, TAP has also performed better than other European airlines. TAP carried 39 percent more passenger while other European operators recorded an increase of 19 percent on average.
TAP Air Portugal will launch new routes this year from Lisbon to Chicago, San Francisco, and Washington for the summer season.