TAP Air Portugal will fly five weekly nonstop round-trips, year-round, between San Francisco and Lisbon from June next year. San Francisco International Airport (SFO) will become the airline’s eighth North American gateway and the only one on the west coast. Last month TAP announced new routes to Lisbon from Chicago O’Hare and Washington-Dulles, also starting in June.
The SFO flights will operate Mondays, Tuesdays, Thursdays, Saturdays and Sundays, from June 10, departing SFO on at 4:10pm, and arriving in Lisbon at 11:25am the following morning. Returning flights leave Lisbon at 10am, arriving into SFO at 2:40pm. Economy fares from SFO to Lisbon start at just $380 one way, all-inclusive of taxes, or from $800 round-trip.
“We’re excited to keep adding new cities from the USA to Portugal,” said David Neeleman, founder of JetBlue Airways and a major shareholder in TAP. “Despite being a 73-year old airline, this year TAP is one of the world’s top 10 fastest growing airlines. As Portugal has become a more popular destination, US travelers have not only found out about Portugal but also about flying TAP beyond Lisbon to our 70+ destinations across Europe and Africa.”
“We are proud that TAP Air Portugal has selected SFO for its growth plans on the United States West Coast,” said Airport Director Ivar C. Satero. “We share TAP Air Portugal’s passion for making air travel an enjoyable experience, and travelers in the San Francisco Bay Area can look forward to an easy and economical new way to travel to Portugal and beyond.”
TAP is the launch carrier for the new A330-900neo aircraft with 21 planned for delivery in the next 18 months. The A330neo is part of a larger 71 aircraft order, with TAP also set to take delivery of 19 A320neos, 17 A321neos, and 14 A321 Long Range jets.
The A330neo aircraft features state of the art personalized entertainment system and connectivity that allows for free text messaging for all passengers. TAP will be the first European airline to offer web-based messaging on long haul flights, free for all passengers.
The A330neo will feature the new Airspace by Airbus cabin. The economy cabin now comprises two categories: Economy and EconomyXtra. The configuration and design provide a roomier cabin, with more legroom, deeper seat recline, and new seat covers in shades of green and gray, or green and red in EconomyXtra. The seat pitch in economy is 31 inches, while Xtra offers an additional three inches’ legroom, with 34 inches.
Dans la classe affaires Executive de TAP, TAP propose 34 nouvelles chaises inclinables entièrement plates qui mesurent plus de six pieds de long lorsqu'elles sont entièrement inclinées. En outre, TAP a alimenté ses nouvelles chaises de classe affaires pour inclure des fentes USB et des prises électriques individuelles, des connexions pour écouteurs, des lampes de lecture individuelles et plus d'espace, y compris plus d'espace de stockage.
TAP’s Executive business class fares on both routes start at $1,531 one way, or $3,102 round-trip, for travel to Lisbon. Business class one-way fares to TAP’s popular European destinations, such as Madrid, Barcelona, Paris and Rome, start from just $1,546 each way.
TAP introduced the Portugal Stopover program in 2016 to further attract the ‘beyond Lisbon’ guest. Travelers to all of TAP’s European and African destinations can enjoy up to five nights in Lisbon or Porto along the way, for no extra airfare. So, from SFO, travelers will be able to see Lisbon or Porto and their pick of 70 destinations throughout Europe and Africa with fares starting as low as $279 each way, from SFO to Madrid, Barcelona, Paris or Rome via Lisbon.
Le Portugal Stopover comprend un réseau de plus de 150 partenaires qui proposent des offres exclusives aux clients Stopover pour des réductions sur les hôtels et des expériences gratuites telles que l'entrée gratuite aux musées, l'observation des dauphins dans le fleuve Sado et des dégustations culinaires - même une bouteille de vin portugais gratuite en participant Restaurants.
Les voyageurs peuvent également profiter d'une escale à Lisbonne ou à Porto même si leur destination finale est au Portugal, comme par exemple: Faro (Algarve); Ponta Delgada ou Terceira (les Açores); et Funchal ou Porto Santo (Madère).