TAP Air Portugal

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TAP Air Portugal is the national airline of the European country, Portugal. The airline operates flights within Europe and offers a lot of flights between Portugal and Brazil. TAP Air wants to provide customers with world-class service while being profitable and sustainable.


TAP has a few subsidiaries among which TAP Express, TAP Maintenance and Engineering and TAP Tours. TAP Air Portugal has about 7,500 employees and is a member of Star Alliance. The airline has been an IATA member since 1948.

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TAP Air Portugal was founded as Transportes Aéreos Portugueses in 1945. One year later, the airline started operating with flights from Lisbon to Madrid. In that same year, the airline also established the longest route flown with the DC-3, Lisbon to Lourenço Marques, which is nowadays known as Maputo. The flight stopped on its way in Luanda. In the years that followed, the airline increased its operation with domestic flights, other continental flights and lines to other former colonies such as Brazil. Nowadays, the airline is a well-known European airline that focusses on itineraries between Europe and Brazil, with a transfer in Portugal.

Quick facts

  • TAP Air’s first flight was not a domestic flight but an international flight to Madrid.
  • In 2018, TAP Air was the first airline in the world that received the A330neo.




On TAP Air flights from or to South America, Economy Class passengers can bring 1 piece of cabin luggage with a maximum weight of 10 kg while on other flights the maximum weight is 8 kg. On all flights (except to and from South America) passengers can bring an additional personal item with a maximum weight of 2 kg. Business Class passengers are permitted to bring 2 pieces of cabin luggage with each a maximum weight of 8 kg and 1 personal item with the maximum weight of 2 kg on all flights. The amount of hold luggage that is permitted on TAP Air flights depends on the travel class and destination. Please consult website TAP Air Portugal for more information.

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TAP Air Portugal offers in-flight Wi-Fi on selected aircraft at an additional charge. Please consult website TAP Air Portugal for more information.


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