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TAP Portugal launches first retrojet, Portugal

TAP Portugal launches first retrojet, Portugal

TAP Portugal is debuting its first retro aircraft livery today, featuring a design it first used in the 1950s.

The new aircraft, an A330, has been named Portugal, as a tribute to Portugal and the Portuguese people.

The classic image chosen for this aircraft recreates the original ‘Transportes Aéreos Portugueses’ typography in the colours which were first displayed on a Lockheed Super Constellation aircraft, received by TAP in July of 1955.

The last aircraft in this livery was a Boeing 727-200.

The livery of the new Portugal aircraft is part of a TAP series to celebrate the historical and inseparable connection between TAP, Portugal and its people.

TAP has a fleet of 53 new aircraft on order for delivery in the coming years, including 14 A330-900 neo aircraft, and 39 A320 neo aircraft also.

The airline is expanding capacity as it opens new routes, such as the recent Toronto-Lisbon service that was inaugurated earlier this month.

Portugal will operate long-haul commercial flights, promoting Portugal across international borders, to North and South America, as well as Africa.

The A330 CS-TOV accommodates up to 285 passengers.

This is the second TAP aircraft that has received the name of the country.

The first plane to be called Portugal was a Boeing 747-200, delivered to TAP in February of 1972.

TAP is Portugal’s leading airline, and member of Star Alliance, the global airline alliance to offer customers worldwide reach, since 2005.

The carrier is considered Europe’s Leading Airline to Africa and Europe’s Leading Airline to South America by the World Travel Awards.

In operation since 1945, TAP celebrated 70 years on March 14th, 2015, and has completed its privatisation process in 2015, with the Atlantic Gateway Group now as a new private shareholder.