TAP is proud to announce the first retro design in the history of the Company on one of its Airbus A330-300. The CS-TOV “Portugal” is ready to cross the skies bearing the iconic bird symbol, or ‘Passarola’, which was an integral part of TAP’s visual identity during the 1960s and 70s.
This plane is one of three Airbus A330-300 which will gradually be added by TAP this summer to help increase capacity and operate on the new long-haul routes that have already been announced. Capable of carrying up to 285 passengers, the “Portugal” aircraft is just the second plane to be named after the country. The first to be baptised with that same name was a Boeing 747-200 that joined the fleet in February 1972.
Great care has been taken to ensure an identical match with the typeface of the original ‘Transportes Aéreos Portugueses’ and the Company emblem of the time, popularly known as the ‘Passarola’.
The colour scheme chosen for the retro aircraft was first used on a Lockheed Constellation, which TAP received in July 1955, and it continued to be TAP’s corporate image until 1979.
As this airplane takes to the skies, TAP once again recognises the importance of the historic legacy of the Company, which developed in a way inseparable from the history of Portugal itself over the last 70 years. By the same token, it provides a definitive response to the many requests on the part of our customers and co-workers who, over the years, have longed to see the classic design on a Company aircraft.
The paintwork of the new A330 Retrojet “Portugal” is the first in a long line of initiatives TAP has readied to celebrate the Company’s connection with its past and with Portugal.
Check out the different phases of the painting process in the photo gallery below.