- San Francisco will be TAP's eighth destination to North America
- Reservations are available starting today
- Route will be operated by the new Airbus A330neo
TAP´s operation to San Francisco begins on June 10th and will have five flights per week on Mondays, Tuesdays, Thursdays, Saturdays and Sundays. Flights depart from Lisbon at 10:00 am and arrive in San Francisco at 14:40 pm, local time. On the opposite direction, the departure is at 16:10 pm, arriving in Lisbon at 11:25 am, on the following day.
San Francisco will be the TAP´s eighth destination in North America and the third new destination for TAP in the United States next year. Chicago and Washington are also available for sale, with operation starting on June 1st and June 16th, respectively.
"TAP is following its expansion plan in the United States. We know that there is still a long way to go, but we are even closer to making this market one of the most relevant to TAP, along with Brazil, "said Antonoaldo Neves, CEO of TAP.
"We are proud that TAP Air Portugal has selected SFO for its growth plans on the United States West Coast," said San Francisco International Airport Director Ivar C. Satero. "We share TAP's passion for making air travel an enjoyable experience, and travelers in the San Francisco Bay Area can look forward to an easy and economical new way to travel to Portugal and beyond."
The San Francisco route will be operated with the new Airbus A330 that TAP flies in a world premiere.
And it will have an innovative service. The A330neo aircraft features state of the art personalized entertainment system and connectivity that allows for free text web based messaging for all passengers. TAP will be the first European airline to offer web based messaging on long haul flights for all clients, for free.
"TAP will be the first airline in the world to fly the most efficient and comfortable aircraft in the world and also innovates with this new service, which allows all passengers to be always connected. TAP will be the first European airline to offer unlimited Wi-Fi web based messaging service on transatlantic flights", says Antonoaldo Neves.
In the North American market, TAP had three destinations in 2015, and now has nine routes, increasing its weekly frequencies from 16 to 56.
TAP also reinforced the number of weekly flights from Porto to Newark (from 2 to 6 weekly flights).
In the North Atlantic, TAP flies to: San Francisco, Washington, Chicago, New York - JFK, New York - Newark, Boston and Miami, departing from Lisbon, and New York - Newark departing from Porto, as well as Toronto , In Canada.
The expansion and renovation of the TAP´s fleet has made these new routes possible. The company has already received seven Airbus aircraft this year, with more arriving over the next years, to a total of 71 new aircraft by 2025. The first new aircraft the company received was an Airbus A320neo, which has been in service since June. Two Airbus A321neo’s joined the TAP fleet in September. A new Airbus A330neo arrived in Lisbon, with TAP set to become the first airline in the world to put this aircraft into service. On Saturday 8 December a new Airbus A321neo arrived, with another A321neo arriving in Lisbon from the Airbus factory on Tuesday 11 December.