Jorge de Sena gives his name to new TAP aircraft

The Airline joins in the Poet’s centenary commemorations in Portugal and Brazil and pays tribute to Luso-Brazilian literature.

Jorge de Sena, the Portuguese poet who became a Brazilian citizen and deepened cultural and literary links between Portugal and Brazil, is giving his name to a new TAP aircraft. 
During the month in which his hundredth birthday is being celebrated, and more than 40 years since his death, the Airline is paying tribute to the poet by naming the Airbus A321 LR CS-TXB after him, making him the first Luso-Brazilian personality featured in the Airline’s fleet. 
The naming ceremony took place in one of TAP’s hangars, attended by the writer’s daughter and TAP CEO Antonoaldo Neves.

Jorge de Sena, who would become one of the most influential Portuguese poets and intellectuals of the 20th century, was born in Lisbon on 2 November 1919. He grew up in the midst of books and ideas, with poetry entering his life when he was still an infant, without him being aware of it, as he once claimed. 
He performed military service and earned a degree in Civil Engineering, but found his calling in the world of literature. Jorge de Sena was a poet, novelist, playwright and university professor in Brazil and in the United States in fields connected to literature. 
He built his life, as well as his work, between Portugal, Brazil and the United States, having lived in all three countries. His pen produced many poems, studies and essays dedicated to Luso-Brazilian culture and literature, with the aim of deepening relations between Portugal and Brazil. As of this Wednesday, the name of Jorge de Sena will cross the Atlantic and continue to bring the two countries together. 
The aircraft selected to bear Jorge de Sena’s name is one of the new Airbus A321 LR recently received by TAP and a true game changer in the industry, combining the comfort and range of a long-haul aircraft with a narrow body aircraft capable of operating on transatlantic routes. 
The range and flexibility of this aircraft enables the Airline to explore new markets in the Northeast of Brazil and complement the services offered to various cities such as Recife, Maceió, Natal, Fortaleza and Salvador. It also flies to North America, where it is already enabling additional connections between Porto and New York, with the goal of eventually providing a daily flight from Porto to New York. 
Jorge de Sena is the first Luso-Brazilian intellectual to be incorporated into the Airline’s fleet, joining personalities who have already been honoured, from Queen Maria II and João Vaz Côrte-Real to Agostinho da Silva, King Afonso Henriques and King Dinis, among many others.