Gonçalo Velho Cabral, TAP’s New Airbus A321neo, Flies to the Azores Today

TAP’s second Airbus A321neo, and the third of 71 new Airbus aircraft TAP is to receive by 2025, started commercial operations today.

On this its first day, the aircraft is to fly to Ponta Delgada, in the Azores, in tribute to the person it is named after. Gonçalo Velho Cabral (1400-1460) was the Portuguese navigator said to have discovered the Azores.

The flight to Ponta Delgada leaves Lisbon this afternoon to fly to the capital of São Miguel island.

TAP’s new Airbus A321neo has 216 seats, more features, is more comfortable and more modern. With significant reductions in fuel consumption, it is 15% more efficient than the previous model, allowing annual savings of up to 1,500 tonnes of fuel and a 4,700-tonne reduction in CO2 emissions.