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PICTURES: Airbus delivers first A330neo to TAP

TAP Air Portugal has become the first airline to take delivery of an Airbus A330neo, with the hand-over today of its first of an eventual 21 A330-900s.

Financed by Avolon, the twinjet will make its operational debut in the coming weeks on services from Lisbon to São Paulo in Brazil.

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Two further aircraft will arrive before year-end, with another 15 to be delivered in 2019.

TAP chief executive Antonoaldo Neves, speaking at a delivery ceremony in Toulouse, said that by the end of next year, 78% of the carrier's flown block hours will be on the A330-900.

Powered by Rolls-Royce Trent 7000 engines, the widebody is configured in a 298-seat, three-class layout.

TAP will also add to its medium-haul fleet next year with the addition of the A321LR, says Neves, which will be used for transatlantic services.

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