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Formed in 1988 and started operations in 1990. Formerly Companhia Portugesa de Transportes Aereos, and Portugalia. Domestic, regional, and international, scheduled & charter, passenger & cargo, jet airplane services.
Rua C, Edificio 70
P-1749-078 Lisbon, Portugal
PORTUGAL (PORTUGESE REPUBLIC) WAS ESTABLISHED IN 1143, IT COVERS AN AREA OF 92,389 SQ KM, ITS POPULATION IS 10.6 MILLION, ITS CAPITAL CITY IS LISBON, AND ITS OFFICIAL LANGUAGE IS PORTUGESE.
January 2005: 1,000 employees.
Plans to join the SkyTeam (STM) alliance in 2005.
November 2005: 1st 10 months = Passenger traffic 807.98 million (RPK) (+.9%); Freight traffic 334,000 (FTK) (+130%); 832,000 passengers (-3.9%).
September 2006: (TAP) Portugal said in a statement that it is pursuing "potential acquisition [or] shareholder participation" in rival (PGA) - Portugalia Airlines (POR). "The process is in its initial phase and no formal commitment has yet been entered into by the interested parties," the company said. (TAP) is working with the Espirito Santo Financial Group.
(TAP) has reached an agreement in principal to acquire (POR). The deal is expected to be finalized at the end of the year.
October 2006: (TAP) Portugal hopes to conclude the purchase of (PGA) Portugalia Airlines (POR), that has been 6 years in the making, (CEO), Fernando Pinto told the European Aviation Club in Brussels.
(TAP) intends to buy nearly all the shares in (POR). Presently, Grupo Espirito Santo owns 84.34% of (POR), which employs 745. Pinto did not disclose the purchase price, but said it is "well below the $150 million I read in the press." He added that (TAP) is buying the carrier without its debt.
The acquisition is subject to approval by the Portuguese competition authority. "We don't expect they will object, yet it is possible they will request some remedies. This is normal procedure," Pinto noted. (POR) was established in 1988, but did not start services until 2 years later, owing to a delay in air transport liberalization. It operates 6 F 100s, 2 Saab 2000s, 8 Embraer ERJ-145s and one E190 to 23 domestic and European destinations.
1 F 100 (YR-FKB), Carpatair wet-leased, while (POR)'s airplanes are in maintenance.
June 2007: (TAP) Portugal's acquisition of (PGA) Portugalia Airlines (POR) has been cleared by the country's competition authority, AdC, which last month imposed 7 conditions on the merger, including a limitation of frequencies between Lisbon and Porto, in order to open the route to competing carriers. (TAP) paid approximately €140 million for (POR), following several years of on-again-off-again negotiations and said it aims to integrate the 2 airlines fully by the end of September.
November 2007: (PGA) - Portugalia Airlines (POR) is a Portugese regional airline, operating scheduled, domestic and international jet airplane flights from Lisbon and Porto, together with charters to Spain, France, Italy, Germany, the UK, and Belgium.
Parent organization/shareholders: (TAP) Portugal (99.81%).
Employees = 750.
(IATA) Code: NI - 685. (ICAO): PGA (Callsign - PORTUGALIA).
Alliances: Air Europa (ARE); Air France (AFA); Hi Fly (LXA); (KLM); Regional Air Lines; & (TAP) Portugal.
(POR) is to join the Star Alliance (SAL) in 2008.
Main Base: Lisbon Portela Airport (LIS).
Hub: Porto Airprot(OPO).
Domestic, Scheduled Destinations: Faro; Lisbon; Madeira; & Porto.
International, Scheduled Destinations: Alicante; Amsterdam; Barcelona; Basel/Mulhouse; Bilbao; Bologna; Bordeaux; Brussels; Casablanca; Copenhagen; Frankfurt; Fuertaventura; La Coruna; Lanzarote; Las Palmas; London; Lyons; Madrid; Malaga; Marseille; Milan (MXP); Munich; Nice; Palma de Mallorca; Pamplona; Paris; Rome; Tenerife; Toulouse; Valencia; & Zurich.
December 2007: (TAP) Portugal expects to report positive results for 2007, its second straight year in the black, despite increasing competition from low-cost carriers (LCC)s. "All parameters are good, even very good, and they would have been a lot better, if we did not face these very high fuel prices," (CEO) Fernando Pinto said during the Star Alliance (SAL) meeting in Beijing. (TAP) made +€7.3 million/+$11.4 million in 2006. Passenger numbers will rise by approximately +10% to 7 million this year, Pinto revealed, with one-eighth traveling on long-haul routes. "We're progressing well in Europe, even with the competition of the (LCC)s. There are now 35 (LCC)s operating to Portugal," he noted, adding with amusement, "We have them all." He said (TAP) intends to stick to its full-service model. The integration of (PGA) Portugalia Airlines (POR), the regional operator it acquired for €140 million, is complete. "We've been flying together since July," Pinto said. He does not plan to replace or renew (POR)'s 17 F 100s and ERJ-145s. "To the contrary," he laughed. "We paid for them, we intend to fly them." However, a planned +20% increase in block hours currently is not feasible owing to a pilot (FC) shortage. He also claimed that (TAP) will strengthen its position as the largest international carrier into Brazil, when it launches 5x-weekly Lisbon - Belo Horizonte flights on February 11. The A330 service will bring to 8, the number of destinations it serves in Brazil and to 65 the number of weekly frequencies. It will add a 6th weekly rotation to its Lisbon - Brasilia service on February 12. "We found a niche in Brazil and linking the country to our hub in Lisbon has been very successful," he said. In the 1st 9 months, (TAP) carried >700,000 passengers between the countries, up +16% on the year-ago period.
April 2009: Portugalia Airlines (POR) pilots (FC) have scheduled 1-day strikes for Tuesday, Thursday, Saturday and Sunday, parent (TAP) Portugal said. The stoppages, which are "over pay and conditions," would "result in severe delays and/or flight cancellations . . . between London Gatwick and Porto," (TAP) said. Attempts will be made to accommodate customers on (TAP) flights from London Heathrow (LHR) if the strikes occur. "(TAP) senior management is doing all possible to avoid work stoppages by negotiating with the appropriate authorities. They are optimistic that the issues between the 2 parties can be resolved without the need for a strike," it said.
January 2010: (TAP) is still flying 16 airplanes in (PGA) Portugalia Airlines (POR) livery, although it bought (POR) back in 2006.
July 2011: As the national airline, (TAP) Portugal (TAP) operates jet airplanes and serves 64 destinations in 30 countries in Africa, Europe, North, and South America. (TAP) is Europe's leading provider of services to Brazil. Regional subsidiary, PGA - Portugalia Airlines (POR) operates scheduled domestic and international flights from Lisbon and Porto together with European charter flights.
(IATA) Code: TP - 047. (ICAO) Code: TAP (Callsign - AIR PORTUGAL).
Parent organization/shareholders: Portugese government (100%).
Airline subsidiaries: (PGA) - Portugalia Airlines (POR) (100%).
Alliances: Star (SAL) Alliance; Aegean Airlines (CRM); Air China (BEJ); Alitalia (ALI); Brussels Airlines (DAT)/(EBA); Egypyair (EGP); Linhas Aereas de Mozambique (LAM); (S7) Airlines (SBR); SATA International (SAP); South African Airways (SAA); Swiss International Airlines (CSR); (TACV) - Cabo Verde Airlines (TCV); (TAM) Linhas Aereas (TPR); Turkish Airlines (THY); and Ukraine International Airlines (UKR).
Main Base: Lisbon Portela airport (LIS).
Hubs: Funchal airport (FNC); Porto airport (OPO); & Faro airport (FAO).
Domestic, Scheduled Destinations: Faro; Funchal; Horta; Lisbon; Ponta Delgada; Porto; Porto Santo; & Terceira.
International, Scheduled Destinations: Amsterdam; Barcelona; Bissau; Brussels; Budapest; Caracas; Copenhagen; Dakar; Fortaleza; Frankfurt; Geneva; Johannesburg; London; Luanda; Luxembourg; Madrid; Maputo; Milan; Munich; Natal; New York; Oslo; Paris; Prague; Recife; Rio de Janeiro; Rome; Sal; Salvador; Sao Paulo; Sao Tome Island; Stockholm; Venice; & Zurich.
Swiss AS said Portugalia Airlines (POR) has chosen the maintenance management solution (AMOS) to cover its entire fleet. Implementation, which is slated to take 10 months, has begun.
April 2014: (TAP) Portugal will deploy its 2 ATR 42-600s, (1002, CS-TRU) and (1005, CS-TRV), on flights from Lisbon to Asturias, Seville, and Tangiers with effect from July 1.
Wet-leased from White ((IATA) Code: WI, based at Lisbon) (YES), the flights will be operated for (TAP) Portugal subsidiary, (PGA) Portugalia Airlines ((IATA) Code: NI, based at Lisbon) (POR).
June 2014: ATR 72-202 (303, EC-LNQ), Helitt Lineas Aereas wet-leased.
February 2016: Portugese flag-carrier (TAP) is to establish a new regional division, (TAP) Express, which will operate E-jets and ATR turboprops, and position itself as a successor to regional subsidiary Portugalia (POR) from the end of March.
The fleet will be modernized to comprise 9 Embraer E190s and 8 ATR 72s to increase its regional capacity by +47%. For many recent years, Portugalia (POR) has operated Embraer ERJ-145s and Fokker F 100s as well as ATR 42s.
(POR)'s fleet averages 21 years of age, and new aircraft will reduce this figure to just 2 years.
The fast phase-in of aircraft will benefit from the recent co-operation between (TAP) and Brazil's Azul (AZL), as well as the Atlantic Consortium, including Azul (AZL) Founder David Neeleman.
August 2016: E190-100LR (0493, CS-7PS), ex-(PP-PJQ) from Azul (AZL) to (TAP) Express.
October 2016: E190-100LR (0432, CS-TPO), (AZL) leased.
December 2016: 2 Fokker F 100 (11257, CS-TPA; 11287, CS-TPC), for storage.
June 2017: E190-200AR (0609, CS-TTY "LISBOA"), EX-(PR-AXQ), (AZL) leased.
0 ATR 42-600 (1002, CS-TRU; 1005, CS-TRV), (YES) WET-LSD 2014-04, (POR) OPS. RETURNED.
1 ATR 72-202 (303, EC-LNQ), EX-(OK-XFD), HELITT LINEAS AEREAS WET-LSD 2014-06. 70Y.
8 ORDERS ATR 72, 70Y:
6 F 100 (TAY 650-15) (11257, /89 CS-TPA "ALBATROZ;" 11262, /90 CS-TPB "PELICANO;" 11287, /90 CS-TPC "FLAMINGO;" 11317, /91 CS-TPD "CONDOR;" 11342, /92 CS-TPE "GAVIAO;" 11258, /89 CS-TPF "GRIFO"), 11257; TO STORAGE & POSSIBLE SALE TO AIR PANAMA. 11287 FOR STORAGE. (GEF) LSD. TO BE RETURNED AS E190'S ARRIVE. 97Y.
1 F 100 (TAY 650-15) (YR-FKB), CARPATAIR (KRP) WET-LSD 2006-10. 105Y.
8 EMBRAER ERJ-145EP (AE3007A) (014, /97 CS-TPG "MELRO;" 017, /97 CS-TPH "PARDAL;" 031, /97 CS-TPI "CUCO;" 036, /97 CS-TPJ "CHAPIM;" 041, /98 CS-TPK "GAIO;" 051, /98 CS-TPL "PISCO;" 095, /99 CS-TPM "ROLA;" 099, /99 CS-TPN "BRIGAO"), TO BE REPLACED BY E190 AIRCRAFT. 49Y.
9 ORDERS EMBRAER E190, 110Y:
2 EMBRAER E190-100LR (0432, CS-TPO, 2016-08; 0493, CS-7PS 2016-08; 0609, CS-TTY "LISBOA" 2017-06), EX-(PP-PJQ) AZUL (AZL) LSD.
2 RAYTHEON BEECH 1900D (PT6A-67D), (POR) EXPRESS OPS BY OMNI.
2 SAAB 2000 (AE2100A), (POR) EXPRESS OPS BY OMNI.
JOAO RIBEIRO DA FONSECA, CHAIRMAN, PRESIDENT & CHIEF EXECUTIVE OFFICER (CEO).
MARIA EUGENIA MATOS SILVA, DIRECTOR GENERAL COMMERCIAL.
LUIZ FILIPE, DEPUTY ADMINISTRATOR.
PLACIDO LAPA, GENERAL MANAGER OPERATIONS.
PAULO MURIAS DOS SANTOS, EUROPEAN DIRECTOR.