This year sees TAP Air Portugal launch three routes from Lisbon to the United States, continuing its trend as one of the fastest-growing airlines in the world. The airline is breaking records yearly, boarding more than 14 million customers in 2017, in addition to earning the fastest-growing nod last year.
June 2019 is poised to be another record month for TAP Air Portugal, as flights take off from Lisbon (LIS) to Chicago (ORD), June 1; to San Francisco (SFO), June 10; and to Washington, D.C. (IAD), June 16. Five flights per week between Chicago and Lisbon operate Monday, Wednesday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday, while San Francisco flights, the airline’s only gateway on the West Coast, operate Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, Saturday and Sunday. Washington, D.C. flights depart Monday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Sunday.
Each of these new routes will feature the Airbus A330neo, for which TAP is the launch carrier. Twenty-one will be delivered in the next 18 months, part of a larger 71 aircraft order that includes 19 A320neos, 17 A321neos and 14 A321 Long Range jets.
The new A330neo boasts a number of exciting features, including state-of-the-art, personalized entertainment systems and connectivity that allows for free text messaging for all passengers. TAP is the first European airline to offer this service on long-haul flights. The A330neo also features the Airspace by Airbus cabin, with Economy, EconomyXtra and Executive business class.
Executive business class’s 34 seats are more than 6 feet long when fully reclined, and each seat includes USB slots, individual electrical sockets, connections for headphones, individual reading lights and more storage room. Both Economy and EconomyXtra offer roomier cabins with more legroom, deeper seat recline and new seat covers.
In 2016, TAP Air Portugal introduced its Portugal Stopover program to attract the “beyond Lisbon” traveler to spend a few nights in Portugal. Travelers can enjoy up to five nights in Lisbon or Porto along the way or back from their next destination at no additional airfare. A network of more than 150 partners provides exclusive offers for these passengers, including hotel discounts, complimentary experiences and bottles of wine.
Learn more at flytap.com.
This summer, The Ritz-Carlton, Los Angeles began highly-anticipated enhancements. The property celebrates its 10th birthday next year and the renovations are the largest changes the property has ever seen. They impact the hotel lobby, all 123 guestrooms and suites, corridors and Club Lounge.
Welcome to Rhodes, a medieval treasure beautifully preserved throughout the centuries. Rhodes is the capital of the Dodecanese, an island ideal not only for those who want to relax, but also for those looking for an action-packed holiday! With its bright green hills, rich green valleys and uninterrupted line of golden beaches, Rhodes is truly a blessed place. “The sun island” has more sunshiny days and milder temperatures throughout the year than any other location in Greece. It is, after all, one of the country’s easternmost places and among the first to welcome summer on its impressive beaches. Add in the excellent facilities for tourism, the island’s special blend of cosmopolitan and traditional, and numerous cultural and archaeological sites, the most important being the Medieval (Old) Town, a UNESCO World Heritage site, and you’ve got the perfect holiday destination. While on Rhodes, don’t miss a daytrip to nearby Sými. An island of sponge divers and seamen, Sými used to have 30,000 inhabitants before the Second World War and was the richest island in the Dodecanese, despite its small size. Today, Sými attracts many visitors thanks to its beautifully preserved Neo-Classical buildings and the famous Archangel Michael monastery at Panormitis.
United Airlines announces a number of new routes.
Seats on new JetBlue flights between New York City (JFK) and Georgetown (GEO), Guyana, are now available for purchase. The route takes off April 2, 2020, on the new Airbus A321neo aircraft. With a flight time of five hours from New York City, the route delivers intrepid travelers to what JetBlue calls “a playground for adventurists and modern-day explorers.” The route also serves the largest Guyanese American community in the United States, located in New York City.
Hawaiian Airlines will relaunch its service between the island of Maui (OGG) and Las Vegas (LAS) with flights set to begin in December.
British Airways launched a new in-flight entertainment channel in honor of its year-long centenary celebration. The new channel, christened Celebrate BA100, highlights the best of British in-flight entertainment.
An industry-first update to the award-winning Four Seasons app allows guests to plan travel more seamlessly. The app, completely overhauled, now includes a new trip planning itinerary feature that allows guests to easily customize their stay.