Airbus Delivers World’s First A330neo to TAP Air Portugal

Nov 26, 2018

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It’s a big day for Airbus and TAP Air Portugal alike — the Portuguese flag carrier has just taken delivery of the world’s first A330neo, a more efficient replacement for the popular A330 series.

TAP’s variant is the larger A330-900, rather than the A330-800, which is struggling to gain traction in a crowded airliner market.

I had a chance to experience TAP’s first A330neo earlier this year, when the first aircraft was still undergoing tests as part of the Airbus fleet. Business class represents a huge upgrade, with 1-2-1 seating throughout.

Economy, meanwhile, maintains a familiar 2-4-2 configuration, but with updated seat-back TVs, improved cabin lighting and larger overhead bins.

TAP has previously suggested that it’ll begin flying the neo in December, but a launch date and route have yet to be confirmed.

The airline’s A330s currently serve Boston (BOS), Miami (MIA), New York (JFK) and Newark (EWR), in addition to destinations in Canada, Africa and South America. The neo could pop up on any of those routes, though the carrier’s prestigious North American routes may be first to score the notable upgrade.

For more on TAP’s first A330neo, see:

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