“Agustina Bessa-Luís” lends her name to latest tap aircraft

TAP honoured Portuguese literature this Monday. The Airline baptised CS-TVB, one of its new Airbus A320neo, with the name of Agustina Bessa-Luís, in homage to a figure considered to be one of the greatest writers of the contemporary Portuguese literary world. 
The name painting ceremony for the aircraft joining the Airline’s medium-haul fleet took place this Monday morning at TAP’s Hangar 6, and counted on the presence of the writer’s daughter, Mónica Baldaque, and Mário Lobato Faria, TAP’s Chief Technical Officer.
TAP names its planes after famous figures from Portuguese culture, society or history. Agustina Bessa-Luís (1922-2019) left Portugal a vast literary and cultural legacy and is a name worthy of the airline’s commemoration. 
She was a writer who published novels, plays, short stories for children, biographical essays and even wrote scripts for television. Her work has won more than ten prizes, including the Prémio Camões, considered the most prestigious literary award in the Portuguese language. 
The new “Agustina Bessa-Luís” aircraft joins other figures signing off the airline’s medium-haul fleet, such as José Saramago, Júlio Pomar, Luís Vaz de Camões, Manoel de Oliveira, Fernando Pessoa, Gil Vicente, Eusébio and Zé Pedro of rock band Xutos & Pontapés.
The first flight of the Agustina Bessa-Luís, TP1026, will be this Tuesday, heading for Madrid, Spain.
Download photos of the aircraft here. Click here to see the aircraft’s new name painting.