TAP, the airline of Portugal and the Portuguese people, has named an aircraft from its regional fleet as "Guimarães". The historic city of Guimarães, considered the Cradle City of Portugal, is currently one of the major tourist centers in the north of the country, and its Historic Center was distinguished as a Unesco World Heritage Site in 2001. To mark the naming of "Guimarães", Portugália's Embraer 190 with the registration number CS-TPZ, a symbolic ceremony was held at Guimarães Town Hall with the town mayor, Domingos Bragança, to whom the Managing Director of Portugália, Mário Lobato de Faria, presented a model of the aircraft.
This is a TAP initiative that follows on from the "Embrace Portugal" project, presented in 2017 on the occasion of the Company's anniversary. TAP is thus extending the Portugália fleet named after the 18 districts and the two autonomous regions of Portugal to new regions, once again assuming the role of promoter of the country and its regions, collaborating in the promotion and dissemination of the regions and their culture, gastronomy and heritage, and strengthening the relationship with the people of each region.
Portugália flies under the TAP Express brand on short and medium-haul flights and currently owns a fleet of 19 aircraft - 12 Embraer 190, with capacity for 106 passengers, and seven Embraer 195, with capacity for 118 passengers. The Embraer 190 and 195 added to the Company's regional fleet represent a major growth in available seats and a savings in fuel consumption.
Watch the video of the "Guimarães" aircraft here.