Headquartered at Lisbon Airport, which serves as its main hub. TAP Portugal is main flag carrier of Portugal, a member of the Star Alliance and operates almost 2,000 flights a week to 88 destinations and 38 countries worldwide. TAP Portugal has a fleet of 88 airplanes, 63 of which manufactured by Airbus, and 25 other are operated for the Portugal Regional Airline: TAP Portugal Express.
Origins and Ownership
Transportes Aereos Portugueses SGPS, S.A. was founded on March 1945 and began commercial services on September 1946, from Lisbon to Madrid with the name Transportes Aéreos Portugueses (TAP).
Fernando Pinto, the Chief Executive Office of TAP Portugal since 2000, was born in Rio Grande do Sul, Brazil in 1949. He is happily married, has two children, and holds a degree in Mechanical Engineering from the Federal University of Rio de Janeiro. He presented a prototype of the first hovercraft made in Brazil as his graduation project; applying technology absorbed in England.
Pinto’s academic degrees also include: a Technical degree in Power Plant & Mechanics from the Federal Technical School of Rio de Janeiro; Extension in Business Administration in Getúlio Vargas Foundation in Rio de Janeiro and a number of technical specializations in Aeronautics as well.
Before joining TAP Portugal, he was former President and CEO of Varig S.A., Viação Aérea Rio-Grandense (1996 – 2000) and amongst the posts held before he was President and CEO of the Rio-Sul, Serviços Aéreos Regionais (1992-1996). With a long career and experience in aviation, Fernando Pinto first started, back in 1972, at the Brazilian Varig, where he progressed along the years and has never interrupted his activity within the industry ever since.
What people are saying
I was surprised to find a massive amount of positive reviews that shows how good TAP Portugal really is. With their punctual flight schedules, comfortable seats, great flight entertainment, savory meals and courteous staff; you will surely feel the convenience, efficiency and the relaxing feeling while you fly with TAP Portugal. Here are some of the reviews:
“I had read some bad reviews on this site, but went ahead with TAP because it gave a discount to people going to a medical conference that I attended. TAP was as good as major U.S. airlines and I enjoyed their meals more. I flew TAP nonstop from Boston to Lisbon. After visiting Lisbon, which I highly recommend, I flew TAP to Barcelona. I toured Spanish cities and then flew TAP back to Boston from Madrid. Although it didn’t apply to me, the deal in which they offer a stopover in Lisbon on your way elsewhere is terrific and I’ll be recommending this to my friends. In 2014, I took a similar deal to see Iceland from Iceland Air and was very pleased.”
—SuzieTampa (Tampa, Florida)
“TAP’s web site is kind of outdated and bonding with TAP is not easy. Even their frequent flyer programs are hard to explore or reach, even when you frequently fly TAP. However, they have good new and modern aircraft, very welcoming cabin crew and boarding always is fluent. Always a nice snack on the flight and cabin crew that understand needs of the customer. I love TAP.”
—Rick V (Amsterdam, The Netherlands)
“First time flying this airline. Onetime, clean, pleasant, bathrooms clean as well. Served a meal (decent for airline food), glass of wine and ample water during the 7+hour flight. Economy legroom tight and backpack can’t go under sea – only a small purse or very small non-rolling backpack so be prepared for that. I packed everything in my rolling backpack, had a window seat and then couldn’t access anything without a big hassle. Attendants very nice and professional and attentive enough. Movies and screen, as well as ear phones worked clearly and all in all it was quite pleasant. If you can recommend upgrading to Executive Class it is worth it. Much more spacious and upgrades on everything. With economy you can check in one bag and with Executive you can check in two. If you do online check-in 24hours before you can select your seats. I would definitely use TAP again.”
—GFamNaples (Naples, Florida)
The website is originally presented in Portuguese but it allows users to change its language by clicking the flag on the upper-right-hand of the web layout. The website’s interface is consist of large and colorful photos that acts as an advertisement as they have air fares and prices on them. Scrolling down, several flight promos are still posted. A very vivid and colorful website that allows a user to search for available flights, do online check-ins, check for flight information and manage a customer’s booking. You can visit TAP Portugal’s website by clicking this link.
- Website URL: www.flytap.com
- Contact number: +351 21 843 1100
- Contact Email: email@example.com
- Fax Number: +351 21 841 5095
- Head Office Address: Victoria Programme, Apartado 50194, 1704-801, Lisbon, Portugal
A very efficient airline that provides the best services that every passenger needs. TAP Portugal’s warm and approachable crew really makes every passenger at ease and comfortable, added the fact that their seats are all comfy, meals and snacks are great, and every flight is fast and smooth. Flying with TAP Portugal will always be a good one.