TAP Portugal Introduces A330 Aircraft and New Onboard Customer Experience on USA Routes; New Product Debuts Today on Daily Non-Stop from Boston Logan to Lisbon

NEW YORK, June 11, 2016 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- TAP Portugal today introduces new daily non-stop service to Lisbon from Boston’s Logan International airport. Launch fares for the new route start from just $799 (tax included), for roundtrip travel to Lisbon. With these new services, TAP is moving forward in the implementation of its network expansion strategy in the USA, thus allowing North American travelers to fly easily to Lisbon and beyond to further destinations of the company’s network, taking advantage of TAP’s Lisbon hub as a privileged gateway into Europe.

TAP debuts A330 Aircraft and luxurious new onboard product in Boston today


A photo accompanying this announcement is available at http://www.globenewswire.com/NewsRoom/AttachmentNg/55dbe264-5996-4ff9-b194-e592b6c93706

The new route will be operated with new Airbus A330 aircraft with a new onboard product and upgraded customer experience. TAP has taken delivery of two additional Airbus A330’s, which accommodate 271 passengers – 20 in Executive Class, 100 in Economy Plus and 151 in Economy.

TAP’s new Executive Class cabin now boasts 20 full-flat seats from Stelia Solstys and new slim-line Zim EC01 seats have been introduced in other cabins, now with a 34’’ seat pitch in Economy Plus and a 31” pitch in Economy. Passengers also will enjoy the most advanced audio and visual systems using the most up-to-date Panasonic EX-3 in-flight individual on-demand entertainment system.

“With such a network extension to new destinations in the USA - Boston today (JUN 11) and New York - JFK (as of JUL 1) – along with the introduction of new A330 aircraft in operation on those routes, TAP is significantly improving the product quality and services offered to customers, thus also contributing to increase the number of American visitors travelling to Portugal," said Fernando Pinto, TAP’s Chief Executive Officer.

From Boston, flights will depart at 7:45pm, arriving at Lisbon at 7:20am (the next day). Returning flights leave Lisbon at 2:25pm, arriving in Boston at 5pm.

TAP will operate from JetBlue’s Terminal C at Logan. TAP recently signed a codeshare agreement with JetBlue, the largest domestic airline at Boston Logan, so that TAP may place its code on JetBlue flights to 34 destinations across the US, providing customers with easy access to cities including San Francisco, Los Angeles, Washington DC, Chicago, Las Vegas, Orlando, Detroit, New Orleans, Savannah, San Juan, Richmond and Tampa.

TAP also begins new daily service to Lisbon from New York’s John F Kennedy airport on July 1. Also, the airline serves Lisbon daily from Miami and Newark, and flies to Oporto twice weekly from Newark. Altogether, TAP now serves 30 flights per week between the US and Portugal.

Photos of the new aircraft and product can be found here: https://we.tl/CP390eHBxJ

About TAP Portugal

TAP is Portugal’s leading airline, and member of Star Alliance, the global airline alliance to offer customers worldwide reach, since 2005. In operation since 1945, TAP celebrated 70 years on March 14, 2015, and has completed its privatization process in 2015, with the Atlantic Gateway Group now as new private shareholders of its share capital. TAP's hub in Lisbon is a key European gateway at the crossroads of Africa, North, Central and South America, where TAP stands out as the international leading carrier in operation to Brazil. The company’s network currently comprises 81 destinations in 34 countries worldwide. TAP currently operates about 2,500 weekly flights in average on a modern fleet of 61 Airbus aircraft and 16 aircraft operating in PGA colours, TAP regional carrier, adding up to a 77 aircraft fleet in the whole. Within the vast restructure program currently going across the company as the outcome of its privatization process, TAP has already announced its Network restructure, its medium and long haul fleet renewal program as of 2017 and the retrofit of the fleet currently in operation as well as the launch of the new branded product TAP Express, which will soon replace PGA and operate a new fleet of 8 ATR 72 and 9 Embraer 190. In the pursuit of its customer focused policy, TAP continuously strives to deliver safe, reliable and upgraded products & services, tailored to meet customers’ expectations. Retaining the Portuguese character of the Company’s brand and quality service as the basic concept has been the main driver of TAP strategy in most recent years. Recognized and awarded as the Europe’s Leading Airline to Africa as well as Europe’s Leading Airline to South America by the World Travel Awards in 2015 and 2014, the company was also awarded as the WTA World’s Leading Airline to Africa in 2011 and 2012 and the WTA World’s Leading Airline to South America in 2009, 2010, 2011 and 2012. Voted Best Airline in Europe in 2011, 2012, 2013 and again in 2015 by the Global Traveler, USA, the company was also honored by UNESCO and by the International Union of Geological Sciences with the IYPE “Planet Earth Award 2010”, in the category of “Most Innovative Sustainable Product”. TAP was also voted Best Airline by Condé Nast Traveller Magazine in 2010 and Best Portuguese Tourism Company by the specialized magazine Marketeer, in 2011.

For further information, please go to www.flytap.com.

Media contact: Gareth Edmondson-Jones GEJ, Ink 917 399-9355 GEJink@gmail.com

Source: TAP Portugal