With new planes joining the fleet, new destinations being added to the route map and recognition by the World Travel Awards, it is an exciting time for Tap Air Portugal. Speaking to Breaking Travel News at World Travel Market, Ricardo Dinis, regional sales manager for the carrier in the UK, brings us right up to date.
The latest innovation from TAP Air Portugal means it’s now even easier for passengers to secure an upgrade to business class – if they have the cash.
TAP Air Portugal carried nearly eight million passengers worldwide in the first six months of the year. The figure represents growth of 4.8 per cent on the first half of 2018.
TAP Air Portugal has marked an historic point in its 74-year history. With the arrival of its latest A330neo – CS-TUI, which has been named King Afonso Henriques – the company has 100 aircraft in its fleet for the first time.
Tap Air Portugal has taken delivery of the first of twelve Airbus A321LR aircraft it has on order. The Lisbon-based carrier thus becomes the first airline to operate a combined A330neo and A321LR fleet.
In 2018, TAP’s African routes saw a significant rise in the number of passengers: 116,000 more than in 2017, totalling 1.1 million passengers, which is a growth of 11.2 per cent compared to the previous year.
San Francisco will be the TAP’s eighth destination in North America and the third new destination for TAP in the United States next year.
TAP Air Portugal will launch five return flights per week from Lisbon to Chicago O’Hare on June 1st. Later the same month, on June 16th the airline will additionally add five weekly trips from Lisbon to Washington-Dulles.
As the launch airline, TAP will be the first to benefit from the aircraft’s unbeatable operating economics, increased range, and Airbus’ new Airspace cabin offering passengers the best in class comfort.
As flag-carrier TAP Portugal prepares to welcome the new Airbus A330neo to its fleet, Ricardo Dinis, area sales manager in the UK for the airline, tells Breaking Travel News what advantages it offers. Speaking at World Travel Market, he also reveals how the latest departures from London City Airport have been received by the market as well as telling us how it feels to have won at the World Travel Awards.