TAP names new aircraft José Carlos Ary dos Santos

The name of one of the most avant-garde figures of Portuguese poetry is now inscribed on one of the world's most modern aircraft, the Airbus A320neo.

TAP Air Portugal today paid tribute to one of the greatest Portuguese poets of the 20th century, José Carlos Ary dos Santos, baptising an Airbus A320neo, with registration number CS-TVF, with the name of the poet and reciter. The ceremony, held in one of the Airline's hangars, was attended by the poet's family and hundreds of employees, as well as the Chairman and CEO of TAP. Simone de Oliveira and Fernando Tordo also performed two unpublished performances at the ceremony.
José Carlos Ary dos Santos was born in Lisbon on 7 December 1937. He was instrumental in bringing the public closer to poetry. He believed his poems were a way of talking to the people because being a poet is to choose the words that the people deserve. He was and is one of the best known and most-quoted contemporary writers among the Portuguese, both for the topicality of his work and for his unequivocal contribution to the modernisation of Portuguese light music.

Ary dos Santos wrote more than 600 lyrics for songs. He inspired and worked with some of the greatest names of the Portuguese musical panorama, including Amália Rodrigues, Alain Oulman, José Mário Branco, Paulo de Carvalho, Nuno Nazareth Fernandes, António Victorino de Almeida, Fernando Tordo, Carlos do Carmo and Simone de Oliveira.
His poetry provided the lyrics for four songs that represented Portugal at the Eurovision Song Contest: “Desfolhada Portuguesa” (1969), sung by Simone de Oliveira, “Menina do Alto da Serra” (1971), sung by Tonicha, “Tourada” (1973), sung by Fernando Tordo, and “Portugal no Coração” (1977), sung by the group Os Amigos, taking the Portuguese language and culture further.
Ary dos Santos was posthumously made Grand Officer of the Order of Infante D. Henrique. He continues to be one of the most widely read and sung poets in Portugal and the Portuguese-speaking countries. In keeping with its commitment to being Portugal's greatest ambassador, TAP now takes this poet's name further and higher aboard one of its new Airbus A320neo.