Portuguese flag carrier TAP on Monday welcomes its Airbus A330Neo and is to receive another 36 new aircraft by the end of 2019 when the airline expects to fly to 14 more destinations.
TAP is to be the first carrier to receive and operate the A330Neo it is to be given on Monday by Airbus, in the presence of the CEO of TAP, Antonoaldo Neves, in a ceremony in Toulouse, France.
“New routes and arrival of new planes will be the milestones for next year. TAP will have 14 new destinations in 2019 and a significant increase in the fleet, with the arrival of 37 planes [invluding the A330Neo] by the end of next year (71 by 2025), which reinforces our commitment and ambition to continue to grow and to offer the best to our customers,” the sales and marketing director, Abílio Martins, said on Monday.
On 28 September, when the first quarter’s results were released, TAP said that the second quarter of the year would be stronger, considering “the hiring and training of more pilots and cabin crew, as well as changes to the planning structure of stopovers and measures to increase punctuality.”
As for cabin crew, TAP this year hired more than 340 pilots and 600 cabin crew members, according to Martins.