MIAMI — TAP Portugal and Airbus confirmed today that the carrier will become the first A330-900neo operator, and that the new widebody aircraft will be equipped with the new Airspace cabin.
During the announcement made during the Aircraft Interiors Expo (AIX) in Hamburg, Germany, François Caudron, Senior Vice President of Marketing at Airbus commented that the new Airspace cabin “will ensure that Airbus cabins continue to be the benchmark in passenger experience and airline value.”
The new cabin was recently announced, days before the AIX. According to Airbus, the new concept has been developed around four key elements: Comfort, Ambience, Services and Design, intended to offer a sophisticated and flexible base on which airlines may enhance their own brands.
Back in 2012, TAP signed a firm order for 53 widebody and single-aisle aircraft including 14 A330-900neo, and 39 A320neo family aircraft (15 A320neos and 24 A321neos). As part of the agreement, TAP Portugal is replacing its previous order of 12 A350-900s with the A330-900neos, which are expected to be delivered by the end of 2017.
“We are extremely proud to be the first airline to fly the Airspace by Airbus cabin in the new A330neo” said Trey Urbahn, Chief Commercial Officer at TAP Portugal “the Airspace cabin represents an exciting and flexible canvas onto which we can project the TAP brand.”
TAP and Airbus boast a sound and long-standing relationship that started around three decades ago, when the flag carrier of Portugal took delivery of its first A310s, which has been extended by the airline’s new majority owner Atlantic Gateway.