TAP’s transatlantic aircraft has been named “Marquês de Pombal”

“Marquês de Pombal” is the name of the new Airbus A330neo, registration number CS-TUE,  given in homage to the minister of King José I who rebuilt Lisbon after the 1755 earthquake. The city, even today, still retains the architectural brush strokes Marquês de Pombal left behind in downtown Lisbon.

His work and dedication to rebuilding Portugal’s capital after the 1755 earthquake earned him two noble titles from King José I, that of Marquês (Marquis) of Pombal and Conde (Count) of Oeiras.

The name was painted onto the aircraft in TAP’s Hangar 6 on Monday in the presence of Tomás Daun e Lorena, a descendent of Marquês de Pombal, and Ramiro Sequeira, the Airline’s Chief Operating Officer. 

The Marquês de Pombal aircraft is capable of trans-Atlantic operations and its first flight will be TP013 on Tuesday to Recife, in Brazil. 

The government of the original Marquês de Pombal implemented many administrative, economic and social reforms. He abolished slavery in mainland Portugal in 1761, reorganised the education system and encouraged the development of domestic industry with examples such as the world’s first Demarcated Wine-growing Region, the Douro valley. 

His career began as a diplomat during the reign of King João V, when he was the Portuguese representative in London and Vienna.

TAP names its long-haul aircraft after notorious people from the history of Portugal. This latest aircraft, the “Marquês de Pombal”, joins other famous individuals the company has recently paid homage to, such as D. Maria II, João Vaz Côrte-Real, D. Afonso Henriques and D. Dinis.

See the name of the aircraft being painted here