First TAP Airbus A320neo makes its maiden flight with passengers to London

TAP’s first Airbus A320neo made its first passenger flight today, leaving Lisbon at 7:45am and landing at London Heathrow at 10:20am.
The entry into service of the A320neo is an important step in the investment plan set out when the company was privatised and is going to provide TAP with one of the most modern fleets in the world.
TAP’s new shareholders announced the purchase of 53 latest-generation Airbus aircraft as soon as the privatisation contract was signed.
The company signed a deal with the European manufacturer for 15 A320neo, 12 A321neo, 12 A321LR (Long Range) and 14 A330neo.
TAP has signed other contracts with Airbus since then for more aircraft in addition to the original 53.
These new contracts will bring one A320neo, two A321neo and one A330neo into the TAP fleet this year, with three A320neo, three A321neo, two A321LR and six A330neo arriving in 2019 – a total of 18 aircraft in addition to the 53 originally ordered.
By 2025, TAP will have 71 new and more modern, more comfortable aircraft that are at the cutting edge of technology and which are 15% more efficient in terms of fuel consumption and CO2 emissions.
The Portuguese airline will be the first in the world to fly the new A330-900neo, with its cabin equipped by AirSpace by Airbus, which provide TAP’s passengers and flight crew with a new travel experience as a result of this innovative aircraft cabin design. Thinking mainly of the passengers and airlines, Airspace meets the four basic aims: comfort, environment, service and design.
The modernisation of TAP’s fleet with the most advanced aircraft available on the market will enable the company to improve its service and extend into new destinations in an even more efficient way, improving its competitiveness in the global market and contributing both to Portugal’s growing importance as an Atlantic airline hub and to attracting more tourists to the country.