First A330neo delivery to TAP is at least a year away

TAP Portugal currently expects the delivery of its first A330neo at the end of the first half of next year, but the CEO has suggested it could slip to the third quarter.

Chief executive Fernando Pinto told FlightGlobal during a Star Alliance event in Frankfurt that the aircraft were set to arrive “about June, July, that’s our expectation”.

The development of the new member of the A330 family has been delayed before and TAP had previously estimated that the first delivery would not happen until the first quarter of 2018.

This stands in contrast with Airbus’ president Fabrice Bregier’s expectations, in January and again in February, that the aircraft would fly in the first half of this year.

Bregier had stated during an Airbus Group briefing in February that the aircraft was expected to perform its maiden flight “around summer, at the end of the first half”.
But the manufacturer has also previously claimed it has flexibility over the delivery schedule for TAP, which is set to be the launch customer of the type.

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