First Airbus 330-900 delivered to TAP Air Portugal

Airbus has delivered the first of 20 new generation widebody A330neo to TAP Air Portugal. The A330-900 aircraft promises unbeatable operating economics, increased range and passenge

First A330-900, TAP Air Portugal




Airbus has delivered the first of 20 new generation widebody A330neo to TAP Air Portugal. The A330-900 aircraft promises unbeatable operating economics, increased range and passenger comfort.

TAP Air Portugal’s first A330-900 is leased from Avolon, and will be deployed on routes from Portugal to the Americas and Africa. It features 298 seats in a comfortable three-class lay-out with 34 full-flat business class, 96 economy plus and 168 economy class seats.

The Airspace by Airbus cabin offers more personal space, larger overhead storage bins, advanced cabin lighting and the latest generation in-flight entertainment system and connectivity.

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

“Handing over the first ever A330neo to a long standing Airbus customer, TAP Air Portugal, is a very important milestone for Airbus,” said Guillaume Faury, President Airbus Commercial Aircraft. “Through continuous innovations, the A330neo, our newest widebody aircraft, will offer maximum value and efficiency to our customers and superior comfort to their passengers. This occasion marks another step forward to meeting our industry’s goal for sustainable aviation,” he added.

The new generation A330neo builds on the success of the A330s and leverages the A350 XWB technology. The aircraft is powered by new generation Rolls-Royce Trent 7000 engines, and optimized wing with new sharklets giving better aerodynamic performance.

Together these advances bring a significant reduction in fuel consumption of 25 percent compared with older generation competitor aircraft of a similar size. Moreover, new composite nacelles, a fully faired titanium pylon and zero-splice air inlet technology provide the A330-900 with state-of-the-art aerodynamics and acoustics .

Today, TAP Air Portugal operates an Airbus fleet of 72 aircraft (18 A330s, 4 A340s,and 50 A320 Family aircraft). The single-aisle fleet includes 22 A319ceo, 21 A320ceo and four A321ceo, one A320neo and two recently delivered A321neo.

The A330 has received over 1,700 orders from 120 customers.