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TAP Portugal are the inaugural airline of the A330 900 neo and operated along with Airbus a proving flight from Lisbon to Rio de Janeiro. Some journalists and vloggers were invited along as well and one of the YouTube channels i follow did a video of the flight and the product that TAP will have on it's A330 900 neo's and it looks pretty good.
 

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TAP Portugal are the inaugural airline of the A330 900 neo and operated along with Airbus a proving flight from Lisbon to Rio de Janeiro. Some journalists and vloggers were invited along as well and one of the YouTube channels i follow did a video of the flight and the product that TAP will have on it's A330 900 neo's and it looks pretty good.
Looks pretty nice
 

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TAP transatlantic expansion is continuing from Lisbon and also Porto.

So what else is he planning? Neeleman rattled off the wish list for new cities on its route map: a second West Coast gateway in Los Angeles; a Midwest foothold in Chicago and Houston, both major hubs for United, which is TAP’s biggest U.S. codeshare partner. When it takes delivery of the A321neo, the opportunities go up exponentially—using the narrowbody to hop the pond will facilitate nonstops between smaller markets. Starting next year, TAP plans to start flying to spots like Providence, Hartford, and the Washington, D.C. area. If that formula sounds familiar, it’s because Norwegian last year began flying to some of those same secondary airports also with a narrowbody—the 737 Max—proving that passengers will tolerate a longer flight of up to seven hours on a single aisle plane, for the right price. Neeleman hasn’t said what fares will be, but it has its own version of a basic economy fare. There will be more nonstops to Porto, the northern gateway to wine country: This fall, TAP will increase its Newark-Porto service to daily, and will add Boston-Porto nonstops as well.

TAP does offer more frills than the ultra-budget airlines that charge for meals and assigned seats. It just introduced a real business class, meaning it comes with fully lie-flat seats, wide seat-back screens and other amenities on the new A330neos, which will start arriving in September; the widebodies will have 298 seats, including 34 business class and 96 coach seats with more legroom.

Azores (which few travelers could even find on a map a few years ago). United is flying a seasonal daily nonstop from Newark to Porto through October 3. Since 2016, the country has added 100 new hotels.

How far can this go before Portugal becomes, well, the next overtourism poster child? There’s at least one brake on the boom, Neeleman points out—the limited capacity at Lisbon’s close-in airport, which has discouraged newbies like Wow from coming in. Government plans for a new airport to serve the capital have yet to move off the drawing board.

“Lisbon is very tough to get into,” Neeleman said. And that automatically gives TAP the homefield advantage.

from conde nast traveller
 

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New A330 neo start route proving world tour.

TAP Air Portugal’s A330neo starts world tour

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June 24, 2018 Catarina Madureira 0
The new A330-900neo that will be delivered to TAP Air Portugal later this summer is doing a world tour and will be en route to 15 major airports on five continents throughout it with the goal of conducting 150 hours of flight tests.

This world tour started on the 19 of June in Lisbon with a presentation on TAP’s maintenance hangar. The event was attended by the president of Airbus as well as the president of the Portuguese airline.


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Antonolado Neves, CEO of TAP Air Portugal, believes that “This Lisbon passage of the new A330neo marks another important milestone in the plan to transform TAP into the company with one of the most modern fleets in the world. It allows us to continue to affirm Portugal as the Atlantic hub of air transport and TAP as a relevant player between Europe, Africa, and the Americas, contributing to the economic growth and development of tourism in our country. ”

This plane is fully equipped with an “Airspace by Airbus” cabin with new and modern entertainment system, plus Wi-Fi internet.

The aircraft is equipped with Rolls-Royce Trent 7000 engines that offer more comfort to passengers, as they have a lower noise level in the cabin and are modern and efficient. Plus, there is differentiated design: the aircraft features a new aerodynamic wing shape, which generates a fuel economy of approximately 14% and generates 25% fewer emissions of pollutants compared to other aircraft.
 

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New TAP A330 neo

TAP Air Portugal has become the first airline to take delivery of an Airbus A330neo, with the hand-over today of its first of an eventual 21 A330-900s.
Financed by Avolon, the twinjet will make its operational debut in the coming weeks on services from Lisbon to São Paulo in Brazil.

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Two further aircraft will arrive before year-end, with another 15 to be delivered in 2019.
TAP chief executive Antonoaldo Neves, speaking at a delivery ceremony in Toulouse, said that by the end of next year, 78% of the carrier's flown block hours will be on the A330-900.
Powered by Rolls-Royce Trent 7000 engines, the widebody is configured in a 298-seat, three-class layout.
TAP will also add to its medium-haul fleet next year with the addition of the A321LR, says Neves, which will be used for transatlantic services.
 

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New service beginning next June LIS-SFO.

TAP Air Portugal: San Francisco-Lisbon nonstops to begin in June
Ben Mutzabaugh USA TODAY
Published 9:21 PM EST Dec 14, 2018


TAP Air Portugal has announced San Francisco as its newest U.S. destination, saying that nonstop flights to its hub in Lisbon would begin in June.
The move continues a rapid U.S. expansion for the Portuguese carrier, which also announced just two weeks ago that it would add service from Chicago O’Hare and Washington Dulles.
The new San Francisco service will launch June 10. TAP will operate five flights a week on its new Airbus A330-900neo jets.
TODAY IN THE SKY: TAP Air Portugal uses 'proving flights' to show off new Airbus A330neo
“We’re excited to keep adding new cities from the USA to Portugal,” David Neeleman, founder of JetBlue and a major shareholder in TAP, said in a statement announcing the new route. “Despite being a 73-year old airline, this year TAP is one of the world’s top 10 fastest growing airlines. As Portugal has become a more popular destination, U.S. travelers have not only found out about Portugal but also about flying TAP beyond Lisbon to our 70-plus destinations across Europe and Africa.”
With San Francisco, TAP will fly to eight destinations in North America, including seven in the United States as well as Toronto in Canada.
Neeleman had already hinted that San Francisco was being considered as a new destination in a November interview with USA TODAY’s Today in the Sky blog.
TODAY IN THE SKY: Maintenance hangar tour: Behind the scenes with TAP Air Portugal (story continues below)


"The West Coast is important to us," Neeleman said then. "There are a lot of Portuguese that live in that area. Getting from the West Coast to Lisbon is an important market for us."
TAP has grown aggressively both in North America and in Europe since Neeleman bought a stake in the carrier in 2015. He’s been particularly bullish on the North American market, saying even more destinations are likely in the coming years.
“It was always our goal to have at least as many destinations in North America as we have in South America," Neeleman said to USA TODAY after announcing service to D.C. and Chicago in November. “With Washington and Chicago, we’re up to seven. And we’re going to be able to – hopefully by next summer – make it to 10, which is what we have in Brazil.”
TODAY IN THE SKY: TAP Portugal debuts lie-flat seats on new Boston route
TAP’s Chicago-Lisbon flights begin June 1 while the Washington-Lisbon service starts June 16.
Beyond TAP, Neeleman also has big plans for the U.S. domestic market.
In June, he confirmed that he’ll launch a new U.S. airline, codenamed “Moxy” in investor presentations.
Neeleman and investors have already placed an order for 60 Airbus A220 planes for the effort. The first jets from that order won’t arrive until 2021, but – given Neeleman’s successful track record with startups like JetBlue, Canada’s WestJet and Brazil’s Azul – the effort has generated a lot of buzz.
For now, Neeleman was relatively tight-lipped about plans for his new U.S. start-up.
“I think it’s kind of premature. Planes have to get delivered,” he said to Today in the Sky last month. “Once we get them, we’ll be able to talk more about it."
IN PHOTOS: A look at Airbus in North America over the years



TAP Portugal's first Airbus A330neo visits Miami International during a pre-delivery proving flight run by Airbus on June 23, 2018.
Jeremy Dwyer-Lindgren, special to USA TODAY
 

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They are definitely in expansion mode! Will be interesting to see how alot of these airlines get on operating the A321NEOLR across the Atlantic.
 

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