Airbus today announced that TAP Portugal has signed a firm contract for 12 A350XWBs, plus 3 options, and a letter of intent for an additional 8 A320 Family aircraft. The Lisbon based airline herewith converts its initial order for the A350, placed in December 2005, into the new A350XWB, and has, simultaneously, increased the number of aircraft ordered, from 10 to 12.
At the same time TAP is taking delivery of its first directly owned A330-200. The aircraft powered, by General Electric CF6-80 engines was handed over, in a ceremony held in Toulouse. The aircraft will seat 268 passengers in a two-class configuration, and will join TAP’s fleet of seven A330-200s currently in operation.