TAP Express is the first E-Jets operator in Portugal

Courtesy: Embraer.

Courtesy: Embraer.

TAP is the newest airline to operate Embraer’s E-Jets in Europe. Yesterday, the company launched scheduled flights with the E190 jet, from Lisbon to various destinations of its intra-European network. The first flight, TP488, was from Lisbon to Nice, in France. The airline began to incorporate nine used jets of this model into its fleet in recent months. The aircraft will operate under the TAP Express brand.

“We are extremely pleased to add TAP Express to the growing family of E-Jet operators,” said Paulo Cesar Silva, President & CEO, Embraer Commercial Aviation. “With the best operating cost in the category of jets with up to 100 seats, the E190 will bring more efficiency and flexibility to TAP Express operations, and provide unmatched passenger comfort.”

The E190 entry into service is part of TAP’s renewal strategy for its regional fleet, which will now operate under the new brand TAP Express, replacing the Portugalia PGA Airlines designation, in order to deliver greater brand and product consistency for TAP, and strengthen its commercial identity.

“For the complete renewal of its regional fleet as well as the improvement of the product and services offered, it is with great anticipation that TAP launches the new E190 into operation, which provides a new dimension of comfort and newness that will surprise our passengers. The new E190 aircraft are extremely modern, with advanced technology and greater autonomy, allowing us to open new routes and reach new markets, ensuring a more reliable and more flexible operation, with higher levels of economy and efficiency. With its entry into service, TAP Express now has the youngest fleet in the market it serves, thus positioning itself more competitively in relation to its counterparts,” said Fernando Pinto, TAP CEO.

The airline will use the E190 to replace Fokker 100 jets, planes that were in service for over 25 years in the company. The E190 will be configured with 106 seats.

Embraer is the only manufacturer to develop a modern family of four airplanes specifically targeted for the 70- to 130-seat segment. Since the launch of the program, Embraer has logged nearly 1,700 orders and over 1,200 deliveries, with the E-Jets redefining the traditional concept of regional aircraft by operating across a range of business applications, with some 70 customers from 50 countries. The first E-Jet entered revenue service in 2004. Collectively, the E-Jets have accumulated more than 15 million flight hours.

Source: Embraer.

Airbus contracted to upgrade and renew TAP Portugal’s A330 and A320 Family passenger cabins

Courtesy: Airbus.

Courtesy: Airbus.

TAP Portugal has signed an agreement with Airbus at Aircraft Interiors Expo (AIX) in Hamburg to upgrade the cabins of its A330s, A319s, A320s and A321s. The engineering and certification of this extensive cabin retrofit programme will be accomplished by Airbus Upgrade Services for seven A330ceo and 41 A320ceo Family aircraft. The retrofit on A330s will include new business class seats with new IFE, while the retrofit on the A320 Family fleet will include new seats. Both aircraft types will sport the airline’s new interior styling.

Trey Urbahn, Chief Commercial Officer at TAP Portugal said: “These significant cabin upgrade programmes for our A320ceo and A330ceo Family fleets reinforce our commitment to invest in enhancing the aircraft and the product we offer to our passengers.” He adds: “We are confident that Airbus will deliver the right upgrade solutions with the highest quality to ensure that these aircraft continue to be the most suitable for our business as well as pleasing to fly in.”

Didier Lux, Airbus Head of Customer Services said: “We are very pleased to be chosen by TAP to upgrade the cabins of its Airbus Single-Aisle and Widebody fleets. Not only does this underscore that A330ceo and A320ceo Family aircraft worldwide will continue to be profitable and efficient in the long term, but it also shows that we are the ideal partner to work with airlines to equip their Airbus fleets with the latest innovations.”

The fleet cabin renewal program is planned to start in the 3rd quarter of 2016 for the A320 Family fleet and in the 1st quarter 2017 for the A330ceo fleet. All the cabin modifications will be completed by the end of 2017, with TAP carrying out the programme in its Maintenance & Engineering facilities. Meanwhile, Airbus will supply Service Bulletins (SBs), perform the engineering design, define and provide the methodology and ensure the overall integration of the retrofit components into the aircraft.

The relationship between Airbus and Portugal dates back to 1987 when TAP, then Air Portugal, ordered three Airbus A310s. Today TAP is an all Airbus fleet customer and the largest in Portugal with 61 aircraft currently in service, including 43 from the A320 family and 18 of the widebody family, with two additional A330s to enter service this June to support the expansion of the company’s long haul operations. TAP has also placed orders for the latest generation of A320neo and A330neo Families.

Airbus, through “Services by Airbus”, offers end-to-end fleet lifecycle solutions for all its customers. The portfolio ranges from standalone services, to the most complete integrated solutions, including Flight Hour & Tailored Support packages, upgrades, training, e-solutions, engineering & maintenance, flight operations Air Traffic Management, and material management services. Together these enhance aircraft competitiveness by continuously adapting to customers’ evolving needs. With more than 40 years of experience in the aircraft industry and a worldwide network of more than 2,500 professionals, customers benefit from the unique expertise and capabilities from Airbus and its affiliated family companies.

Source: Airbus.