Hamburg - On April 5, TAP Air Portugal received the first of its twelve Airbus A321LR in Hamburg, Germany, which are in the airline's order book with the European manufacturer.
The long-range version of the A321neo will allow the Portuguese flag carrier to expand its network to the new markets in the Americas and Africa.
With the arrival A321LRs, TAP Air Portugal will be able to fly directly from its main hub Lisbon to the destinations in the east coast of the United States and in the northeast of Brazil.
“The A321LR is critical for TAP’s expansion plans. With its superior range we can comfortably explore markets in North America, South America and Africa from Portugal, and it’ll fit in seamlessly with our A330neos,” said Antonoaldo Neves, CEO, TAP Air Portugal.
“In North America it allows us to explore markets on the East Coast, such as New York, Boston, Montreal or Washington. In Brazil the A321LR can open new markets in the Northeast and complement existing services to cities like Recife, Natal, Fortaleza or Salvador,” he added.
Powered by CFM engines, TAP’s Airbus A321LR is configured to accommodate 171 passengers in a tri-class layout - 16 in Business, 48 in Eco Premium and 107 in Economy.
The aircraft will initially be deployed on Lisbon-Tel Aviv route. From June 1st, the new A321LR will fly six times a week on the Porto-Newark route.
TAP has been a loyal Airbus customer for many years. The current fleet of the airline already consists of 81 aircraft from the European aircraft manufacturer, including five A330neo, eighteen A330ceo, four A340-300, 22 A319ceo, 20 A320ceo, four A321ceo, two A320neo, and six A321neo.