TAP Air Portugal announced a new route, its first to the West Coast. Starting June 2019, TAP Air Portugal flies five weekly non-stop trips between San Francisco (SFO) and Lisbon (LIS). San Francisco is the airline’s eighth North American gateway.
The flight operates Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday, departing San Francisco at 4:10 p.m. and arriving in Lisbon at 11:25 a.m. the next day. Return flights leave Lisbon at 10 a.m., arriving in San Francisco at 2:40 p.m.
“We’re excited to keep adding new cities from the United States to Portugal,” said David Neeleman, founder, JetBlue Airways, and major shareholder, TAP Air Portugal. “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, U.S. travelers have not only found out about Portugal but also about flying TAP beyond Lisbon to our 70-plus destinations across Europe and Africa.”
TAP Air Portugal is the launch carrier for the Airbus A330-900neo aircraft, receiving 21 aircraft over the next 18 months. The aircraft offers state-of-the-art entertainment systems and free in-flight messaging. The economy cabin includes both economy class and EconomyXtra seats, the latter with an additional three inches of legroom.
In Executive business class, the airline offers 34 fully-flat reclining chairs, each outfitted with USB slots, electrical sockets, audio connections, reading lights, enhanced storage and more.
Economy fares from San Francisco to Lisbon start at $800 round-trip.
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.
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