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TAP Express (TAP standing for Transportes Aéreos Portugueses) is a Portuguese regional airline brand name for TAP Air Portugal which operates short and medium-haul routes. TAP Air Portugal's lone wholly owned regional airline, Portugália Airlines, operates under the TAP Express banner. White Airways, an airline owned by Omni Aviation, also operates regular flights for TAP Express using 9 ATR 72 turboprops. Its head office is on the grounds of Lisbon Portela Airport in Lisbon.

TAP Express
TAP Portugal Logo.svg
IATA ICAO Callsign
TP TAP AIR PORTUGAL
Founded2016
HubsLisbon Airport
Focus citiesPorto Airport
Frequent-flyer programTAP Victoria
AllianceStar Alliance (affiliate)
Fleet size21
Destinations23
Parent companyTAP Air Portugal
HeadquartersLisbon, Portugal
Key people
Websiteflytap.com

HistoryEdit

On 14 January 2016, TAP Portugal announced that Portugália, its regional subsidiary, would be rebranded as TAP Express as of 27 March 2016,[1] as part of the restructuring measures within the group, even though the company still operates as a wholly owned company of TAP Air Portugal. Mainline carriers often use regional airlines to operate services in order to increase frequency, serve routes that would not sustain larger aircraft, or for other competitive reasons.

Also on 14 January 2016, TAP Air Portugal also announced that the entire Portugália fleet consisting of Fokker 100 and Embraer ERJ-145 would be replaced by July 2016 with new Embraer 190 and ATR 72-600 aircraft (the latter operated by White Airways) which received a livery similar to that of TAP Portugal.[1]

DestinationsEdit

 
TAP Express ATR 72-600
 
TAP Express Embraer 190
For list of destinations see: List of TAP Express destinations

FleetEdit

As of April 2019, the TAP Express fleet includes the following aircraft:[2]

TAP Express Fleet
Aircraft In service Orders Passengers Notes
C Y Total
ATR 72-600 8 70 70 operated by White Airways
Embraer 190LR 9 106 106 operated by Portugália Airlines
Embraer 195 4[3] 118 118 operated by Portugália Airlines
Total 21

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ a b atwonline.com - TAP Portugal creates TAP Express to replace Portugalia 15 Januar 2016
  2. ^ "TAP Fleet - Explore the TAP aircraft - TAP Air Portugal". www.flytap.com.
  3. ^ "TAP's Portugália Airlines adds maiden EMB-195".

External linksEdit

  Media related to TAP Express at Wikimedia Commons