The airline was founded as a public service on March 14 1945 and began commercial service on September 19 1946, flying from Lisbon to Madrid under its original name of Transportes Aereos Portugueses (TAP). On December 31 of this year, it began its Linha A�rea Imperial, a twelve-stop service, including Luanda, Angola and Louren�o Marques (now Maputo), Mozambique. 1947 saw the inauguration of its domestic service from Lisbon to Porto. Service to S�o Tom� and London began in 1949.
The one millionth passenger flew on TAP on June 19 1964, 18 years after the airline began operations. In 1969 service to New York via Santa Maria Island in the Azores began. Boston was added to the New York service the following year. In 1975, TAP was nationalized, becoming a public corporation (Empresa P�blica).
In 1989, service to Newark, New Jersey was introduced. In 1991, service to Berlin was established. In this year, TAP became a publicly-traded company (Sociedade An�nima). In 1993, TAP began flying to Tel Aviv. In 1994, TAP began a code sharing arrangement with Delta Airlines for north Atlantic service.
1996 saw the introduction of service to Boston via Terceira Island in the Azores, the inauguration of service to Macau and the launch of TAP's Web site. In 1997, service began to Punta Cana and Bangkok.
TAP Portugal operates the following services (at January 2005):
- Domestic scheduled destinations: Faro, Funchal, Horta, Lisbon, Ponta Delgada, Porto, Porto Santo and Terceira.
- International scheduled destinations: Amsterdam, Barcelona, Bissau, Brussels, Budapest, Caracas, Copenhagen, Dakar, Fortaleza, Frankfurt, Geneva, Johannesburg, London, Luanda, Luxembourg, Madrid, Maputo, Milan, Munich, Natal, New York, Oslo, Paris, Prague, Recife, Rio de Janeiro, Rome, Sal, Salvador, Sao Paulo, Sao Tome, Stockholm, Venice and Zurich.
See full article: TAP Portugal destinations
The TAP Portugal fleet consists of the following aircraft (at May 2005):
- TAP Portugal
- TAP Portugal Fleet Detail
- TAP Portugal Passenger Opinions
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