Posted on: 15 January 2016 by Mark Howells
As of 27 March 2016, TAP Portugal will replace PGA with a new regional brand, TAP Express, which will operate a fleet of 17 new aircraft scheduled to be delivered by July.
The new fleet will consist of eight 70-seat ATR 72 aircraft and nine 110-seat Embraer 190s worth €400m, increasing TAP Express’ capacity by 47% from 1070 to 1514 seats.
The newer aircraft – which will average an age of two years against the average 21 years of the fleet currently owned by PGA – will be more efficient, reducing fuel consumption and carbon emissions by 40%. TAP Express’ fleet renewal comes as a result of the existing cooperation between TAP and Azul. Azul being the largest Embraer and ATR operator worldwide granted TAP a considerable negotiating strength. The Embraer and ATR fleets operated by Azul are already maintained by TAP Maintenance & Engineering.
The new fleet will allowing TAP Express to operate a shuttle service with flights every hour between Lisbon and Porto from 27 March 2016. However, some of the 16 daily roundtrips may be operated by Airbus A320s during peak times.
Fernando Pinto, CEO, TAP Portugal, stated, “TAP is making history these days, progressing step by step to become more competitive and efficient, a company able to meet its customers' needs and expectations and remain strongly committed to delivering high quality services to Portugal and all the markets it serves.”