TAP Air Portugal announces new long-haul routes

27 Nov 2019

TAP Air Portugal has announced the addition of numerous new long-haul flights, operating via its Airbus A321LR jet. 

As of 2020, the flag carrier airline of Portugal will extend its network of transatlantic flights by introducing three new routes: Maceió in Brazil and Montreal in Canada will be two of the destinations added to its long-haul list. TAP is also planning to launch a route departing from Lisbon via Ponta Delgada flying to Boston, USA. All three new routes are to be operated by Airbus A321LR aircraft. 

The new route to Maceió, the airline’s 11th destination in Brazil, will be operating three times a week. The Portuguese carrier also announced it plans to increase the frequency of its Natal and Belém flights. 

The Montreal route is due to operate six times per week, while the flight to Boston will take off five times weekly. Air Transat is currently servicing the Montreal route, offering a journey between Lisbon and Montreal. Azores Airlines on the other hand, is the existing carrier responsible for the flight to Boston. It deploys A321neo and A321LR jets on its current flights from Lisbon via Ponta Delgada to Boston, as well as Lisbon via Lajes (Terceira) to Boston. 

Although the airline said the new routes will be operating via Airbus A321LR aircraft, TAP Air Portugal already services long-haul flights via Airbus A330-200 and A300-900neo jets. In November 2018, TAP Air Portugal received its first A330neo jet, while earlier this month, the carrier gave up its last Airbus A340-300 aircraft model. 

The Airbus A321LR, a longer-range model variation of the A321neo, is built on the Airbus Cabin Flex (ACF). Airbus announced an even longer variation, the A321XLR, during the Paris Air Show in 2019.