TAP Air Portugal announces new Airbus A321LR routes

One of the airline's Airbus A321neo aircraft. Photo: © Phillip Rohmberger / IFN

TAP Air Portugal has announced that it will add several new long-haul routes that will be operated by its Airbus A321LR aircraft.

Starting next year, the Portuguese carrier expands its network of transatlantic destinations with the launch of three new routes: Maceió in Brazil and Montreal in Canada will be added to its long-haul portfolio. Furthermore, TAP will start a new route from Lisbon via Ponta Delgada to Boston in the US. All these new routes are to be operated by Airbus A321LR jets.

The new route to Maceió will be operated three times per week. It becomes the airline’s 11th destination in Brazil. In addition to the new route, TAP has announced that it will increase the frequencies for its services to Natal and Belém.

Flights to Montreal will operate with six weekly frequencies, whereas the route to Boston is scheduled to be operated five times per week. The routes are already served by Air Transat and Azores Airlines respectively. Air Transat offers a service between Montreal and Lisbon, and Azores Airlines also deploys A321neo and A321LR aircraft on its existing flights from Lisbon via Ponta Delgada to Boston, as well as Lisbon via Lajes (Terceira) to Boston.

While the newly announced route will be operated by Airbus A321LR jets, TAP Air Portugal also operates long-haul services with Airbus A330-200 and A330-900neo aircraft. The first A330neo was delivered to the airline in November 2018 and earlier this month, the carrier retired its last Airbus A340-300 jet.

The Airbus A321LR is a longer-range variant of the A321neo, based on the ACF (‘Airbus Cabin Flex’) configuration. At the Paris Air Show 2019, Airbus also announced the A321XLR, which has an even longer range than the A321LR.