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A line of TAP Air Portugal Airbus A330 aircraft in Lisbon. (Photo: AirlineGeeks | Tom Pallini)

A Portuguese Flying Adventure: Flying TAP Air Portugal on Its Newest Airbus Products

Out of all the airlines in Western Europe, TAP Air Portugal is arguably the most ambitious. Though in existence for 75 years this March, the airline has just recently embarked on a revitalization and rebranding campaign to better establish itself in the highly-competitive European market. Entering the 2010s as of the few remaining state-owned airlines in Europe, TAP turned to the private sector to help bring it back to life. Selling a majority stake in the company to a consortium…

Trip Report: Flying on Azul’s Inaugural A330-900neo Flight from Sao…

Azul Brazilian Airlines' first international flights were announced in April 2014, only six years into its operation. Fueling the international expansion were seven secondhand Airbus A330-200s, a type still used today, and an order for five Airbus A350-900 XWBs. The Brazilian economy was soaring, the Brazilian real was well appreciated…

Trip Report: Flying on TAP Air Portugal’s New A330neo from…

Chicago became the newest North American recipient of TAP Air Portugal service as part of the airline’s ongoing efforts to double capacity to and from North America by the end of the year. The new service sees TAP flying to the Windy City five times per week, with flights on…

XL Airways France Talks Next Chapter and Growth Plan

In its 24-year lifetime, the airline currently known as XL Airways France has had quite the history. Initially launching in 1995 as Star Europe, the carrier provided short-haul services with a small fleet of Boeing 737-400 aircraft. Rebranding as Star Airlines in 1998, the carrier began expanding into the long-haul…

Aircalin’s First A330-900neo Enters Final Assembly Line

New Caledonia’s Aircalin is one step closer to receiving Airbus' latest next-generation aircraft as its first Airbus A330-900neo has entered Airbus' final assembly line in Toulouse, France. The aircraft, which is part of a greater program to renew the airline’s fleet, is scheduled to join the airline by July. The…

Air Senegal Gets Africa’s First Airbus A330neo

Air Senegal, the flag carrier of Senegal based in Dakar, has taken delivery of its first Airbus A330-900neo from Airbus’ production line in Toulouse. Air Senegal is the first carrier in Africa to fly the next-generation Airbus aircraft and the airplane has been given the name “Casamance” after the Casamance…