TAP Air Portugal has taken delivery of the world’s first new generation widebody A330neo. The Portuguese carrier will take delivery of a further 20 A330-900s in the coming years.
The airline’s first A330-900 is leased from Avolon. It features 298 seats in a three-class lay-out with 34 full-flat business class, 96 economy plus and 168 economy class seats. Airbus says its Airspace cabin offers more personal space, larger overhead storage bins, advanced cabin lighting and the latest generation in-flight entertainment system and connectivity.
The A330neo is equipped with 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. It will be deployed on routes from Portugal to the Americas and Africa.
Antonoaldo Neves, TAP Air Portugal CEO, commented: “I am delighted to welcome the first Airbus A330-900 into our expanding fleet. 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. This aircraft will be the first equipped with the new Airspace cabin, which is a new concept shaped to meet TAP’s ambition to offer the best product in the industry to our passengers.”