PORTUGAL – On June 26, 2017, the Portuguese flag carrier, TAP Portugal, unveiled an Airbus A330 aircraft (CS-TOV) painted in TAP’s 1950-1970-era colors.
The elegant yet understated color scheme features a red stripe under the windows with the airline’s original name: ‘Transportes Aereos Portugueses’ with the typography in the colors which were first displayed on a Lockheed Super Constellation aircraft, received by the carrier in July of 1955.
This livery also graced TAP’s Caravelle’s aircraft, and the Boeing 707s and 727s. A modified version, with a larger window “cheatline,” appeared on their Boeing 747s; four of which TAP operated in the 1970s: CS-TJA through -TJD. After Angola and Mozambique gained independence, two of these aircraft were sold. The last aircraft in this livery was a Boeing 727-200.
The Airbus A330-300 has been named “Portugal,” as a tribute to both TAP’s history and the country itself. The livery of the new “Portugal” aircraft is part of a TAP series to celebrate the historical and inseparable connection between TAP, Portugal, and its people.
This is the second TAP aircraft that has received the name of the country. The first one to be called “Portugal” was a Boeing 747-200, delivered to TAP in February of 1972.
“Many North American travelers don’t realize that TAP is one of the world’s early airline leaders and has been flying for more than 70 years already,” said TAP’s Chief Commercial Officer Trey Urbahn. “While our focus today is now on our new fleet of new aircraft coming with fully flat beds in business, the latest IFE, and more new routes, we couldn’t resist a the opportunity to recreate our livery from the 1970s, to remind people in a fun way that we’ve been around for a while.”
The aircraft was painted by TAP Maintenance in Lisbon. The aircraft will fly to North America in July, starting with Miami on the 6th and Toronto on the 14th. TAP Portugal’s U.S. gateways include New York’s JFK, Newark, Boston, and Miami. In Canada, TAP flies from Toronto.
TAP has 53 new aircraft on order for delivery in the coming years, including 14 A330-900 new aircraft, and 39 A320s.