It took off from Hamburg and headed to Lisbon. The CS-TJP, TAP's latest Airbus A321neo, thus became the 30th NEO to reach the Company in 2019.
Efficiency, economy and modernity define this new aircraft, the fourth Airbus A321neo to arrive this year at TAP, which has the same configuration as its older brother, the CS-TJO. In a fleet of more than 100 aircrafts, about a third are already NEOs and represent ongoing renewal, which is “an extraordinary feat,” according to TAP’s CEO Antonoaldo Neves.
This year alone, 30 NEO aircraft arrived - 16 A330neo, four A321LR, four A321neo and six A320neo - which joined the six that arrived last year - one A330neo, one A320neo and four A321neo. Thus, there are already 36 NEOs in our fleet in just over a year, which proves a surprising pace of modernization and expansion of the Company's fleet.
The arrival of so many new airplanes also marks an impressive drop in the average age of TAP airplanes, which are now around 10 years old and, for the long-haul fleet, an impressive 3,9 years.
board the Airbus A321neo CS-TJP on their home flight were Commanders Arnaldo
Antunes and Diogo Parra, Ambassadors MyNEO Tânia Trigueiros and Vítor Pinto -
representing the areas of Crew Management and Crew Planning, respectively -
and, also, the Company's Employees who were in charge of the aircraft delivery
process, from the Maintenance and Engineering, Fleet Planning and Legal Office
Very soon, CS-TJP's ANAC certification activities will be completed and the new aircraft will be able to fly.
The month of November is thus marked as the year when most aircraft were received - for the first time we received six in one month - and the year 2019 as the year in which, practically every week (on average), entered or left a plane of our fleet in what has been an ambitious and complex process of growth and renewal. TAP now has one of the most modern fleets in the world.