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TAP PORTUGAL NAMES TORONTO AS FIFTH NORTH AMERICAN GATEWAY

Global Traveler Names TAP Portugal “Best Airline in Europe” for Sixth Consecutive Year

New York – December 5, 2016 – TAP Portugal was honored by Global Traveler magazine with the awards for "Best Airline in Europe," for the sixth consecutive year, and "Best New Route Launch (Boston-Lisbon)", awarded in the magazine’s 13th edition of the GT Tested Reader Survey. The magazine’s December edition shares the results of a survey of 22,000 readers invited to select the best airlines, hotels, loyalty programs and other travel-related products in more than 80 categories.

Each is rated in different categories by best customer experience. Readers of Global Traveler are primarily frequent flyers, who travel, on average, 13 international roundtrips and 13 US domestic trips each year.

"For TAP, being among the best in a selection that is made by frequent flyers is a big reason for satisfaction. It gives us motivation to continue betting on a quality service, which offers more and more reasons to earn the preference of our passengers," said Fernando Pinto, CEO of TAP.

The Global Traveler awards will be presented at a ceremony in Los Angeles on December 13. More information is available on the Global Traveler website: https://www.globaltravelerusa.com/global-traveler-announces-13th-annual-gt-tested-reader-survey-awards/.

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About TAP Portugal

TAP is Portugal’s leading airline, and member of Star Alliance, the global airline alliance to offer customers worldwide reach, since 2005. In operation since 1945, TAP celebrated 70 years on March 14, 2015, and completed its privatization process in 2015, with the Atlantic Gateway Group now as new private shareholders of its share capital. TAP hub in Lisbon is a key European gateway at the crossroads of Africa, North, Central and South America, where TAP stands out as the international leading carrier in operation to Brazil. During the current IATA Summer period, the company’s network will comprise 76 destinations in 29 countries worldwide. TAP currently operates about 2,500 weekly flights in average on a modern fleet of 61 Airbus aircraft and 17 aircraft operating in TAP Express livery, TAP regional branded product, adding up to a 78 aircraft fleet. As of  June 2016, the company took delivery of two additional A330s, thus increasing its fleet to 80 aircraft in the whole. Within the vast restructure program currently going across the company as the outcome of its privatization process, TAP has announced its Network restructure, its medium and long haul fleet renewal program as of 2017 and the retrofit of the fleet currently in operation as well as the launch of the new branded product TAP Express, which replaces PGA and operates a new fleet of 8 ATR 72 and 9 Embraer 190. In the pursuit of its customer focused policy, TAP continuously invests to deliver safe, reliable and upgraded products & services, tailored to meet customers’ expectations. Retaining the Portuguese character of the Company’s brand and quality service as the basic concept has been the main driver of TAP strategy in most recent years. Recognized and awarded as the Europe’s Leading Airline to Africa as well as Europe’s Leading Airline to South America by the World Travel Awards in 2015 and 2014, the company was also awarded as the WTA World’s Leading Airline to Africa in 2011 and 2012 and the WTA World’s Leading Airline to South America in 2009, 2010, 2011 and 2012. Voted Best Airline in Europe in 2011, 2012, 2013 and again in 2015 by the Global Traveler, USA, the company was also honored by UNESCO and by the International Union of Geological Sciences with the IYPE “Planet Earth Award 2010”, in the category of “Most Innovative Sustainable Product”. TAP was also voted Best Airline by Condé Nast Traveller Magazine in 2010,  Best Portuguese Tourism Company by the specialized magazine Marketeer, in 2011 and also the airline with Best Reputation by the Reputation Institute in 2014, while its Inflight Magazine UP was voted Best European Inflight Magazine by the WTA awards in 2015 .

For further informationplease go to www.flytap.com.

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