Airbus delivers first A330-900 to launch operator TAP Air Portugal

posted on 26th November 2018 by Justin Burns
Airbus delivers first A330-900 to launch operator TAP Air Portugal

TAP Air Portugal has taken delivery of the world’s first new generation widebody A330neo and is the launch airline for the new aircraft.

The Portuguese carrier will take delivery of a further 20 A330-900s in the coming years. TAP Air Portugal’s first A330-900 is leased from Avolon.

It features 298 seats in a three-class lay-out with 34 full-flat business class, 96 economy plus and 168 economy class seats. The aircraft will be deployed on routes from Portugal to the Americas and Africa.

TAP Air Portugal chief executive officer, Antonoaldo Neves said: “I am delighted to welcome the first Airbus A330-900 into our expanding fleet. Its unbeatable economics and efficiency will power our business forward.

“The A330neo will give us a lot of operational flexibility thanks to its commonality with the other Airbus aircraft in our fleet. This aircraft will be the first equipped with the new Airspace cabin, which is a new concept shaped to meet TAP’s ambition to offer the best product in the industry to our passengers.”

The A330neo aircraft builds on the A330’s success and leveraging on A350 XWB technology. It incorporates the highly efficient new generation Rolls-Royce Trent 7000 engines, and a new higher span 3D optimised wing with new sharklets fully optimised for the best aerodynamic performance.

Airbus said together these advances bring a reduction in fuel consumption of 25 per cent compared with older generation competitor aircraft of a similar size.

Today, TAP Air Portugal operates an Airbus fleet of 72 aircraft (18 A330s, 4 A340s, and 50 A320s). The single-aisle fleet includes 22 A319ceo, 21 A320ceo and four A321ceo, one A320neo and two A321neo.