TAP Air Portugal has taken delivery of the world’s first new generation widebody A330neo the first of 20 A330-900s the carrier has on order.
TAP Air Portugal’s first A330-900 is leased from Avolon and will be deployed on routes from Portugal to the Americas and Africa.
“I am delighted to welcome the first Airbus A330-900 into our expanding fleet,” says Antonoaldo Neves, TAP Air Portugal CEO. “Its unbeatable economics and efficiency will power our business forward. The A330neo will give us a lot of operational flexibility thanks to its commonality with the other Airbus aircraft in our fleet.”
“Handing over the first ever A330neo to a long standing Airbus customer, TAP Air Portugal, is a very important milestone for Airbus,” said Guillaume Faury, president Airbus Commercial Aircraft.
“Through continuous innovations, the A330neo, our newest widebody aircraft, will offer maximum value and efficiency to our customers,” he says adding that the occasion marks another step forward to meeting the industry’s goal for sustainable aviation.
Airbus says the A330neo builds on the A330’s success and leverages on A350 XWB technology. It incorporates the highly efficient new generation Rolls-Royce Trent 7000 engines and a new higher span 3D optimised wing with new sharklets fully optimised for the best aerodynamic performance.
Together these advances bring a significant reduction in fuel consumption of 25 per cent compared with older generation competitor aircraft of a similar size, says Airbus. Moreover, new composite nacelles, a fully faired titanium pylon and zero-splice air inlet technology provide the A330-900 with state-of-the-art aerodynamics and acoustics, it adds.
TAP Air Portugal operates an Airbus fleet of 72 aircraft – 18 A330s, four A340s, and 50 A320 Family aircraft.