TAP Air Portugal has today (November 26, 2018) taken delivery of the first customer Airbus A330neo. 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 comfortable three-class layout with 34 full-flat business class, 96 economy plus and 168 economy class seats.
Antonoaldo Neves, TAP Air Portugal CEO 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.”
Guillaume Faury, President Airbus Commercial Aircraft, said: “Handing over the first ever A330neo to a long standing Airbus customer, TAP Air Portugal, is a very important milestone for Airbus. 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.”
The A330neo incorporates the 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. Together these advances bring a significant reduction in fuel consumption of 25% compared with older generation competitor aircraft of a similar size.
The A330 is one of the most popular widebody families ever, having received over 1,700 orders from 120 customers. More than 1,380 A330s are flying with over 128 operators worldwide.