Posted on: 24 May 2016 by Mark Howells
After beginning the incorporation of nine used E190s into its fleet during the past few months, TAP Express has launched its first scheduled flights with the E190 from Lisbon to various destinations of its intra-European network.
The entry into service of the E190 is part of TAP Portugal’s renewal strategy for its regional fleet, which was recently re-branded from Portugalia PGA Airlines to TAP Express to deliver greater brand and product consistency.
The E190s, which are configured with 106 seats, are replacing Fokker 100 jets that have serviced the airline for 25 years.
“For the complete renewal of its regional fleet as well as the improvement of the product and services offered, it is with great anticipation that TAP launches the new E190 into operation, which provides a new dimension of comfort and newness that will surprise our passengers. The new E190 aircraft are extremely modern, with advanced technology and greater autonomy, allowing us to open new routes and reach new markets, ensuring a more reliable and more flexible operation, with higher levels of economy and efficiency,” remarked TAP’s CEO, Fernando Pinto. “With its entry into service, TAP Express now has the youngest fleet in the market it serves, thus positioning itself more competitively in relation to its counterparts.”
“We are extremely pleased to add TAP Express to the growing family of E-Jet operators,” declared Paulo Cesar Silva, president and CEO of Embraer Commercial Aviation. “With the best operating cost in the category of jets with up to 100 seats, the E190 will bring more efficiency and flexibility to TAP Express operations, and provide unmatched passenger comfort.”