Portugália AirlinesPortugália AirlinesWelcome aboard!The Company, that has been part of the TAP Group since 2007, is investing in this means of interactive communication in order to inform the general public about its values, team, fleet, the services already available as well as those that will be available in the near future.Portugalia-Airlines
OrganizationOrganizationThere are people around here<p>By striving everyday towards making this one of the best places to work for, we are also strengthening the entrepreneurial excellence of Portugália Airlines. The good management of the characteristics, skills and expectations of the Employees relates directly to improved performance and customers acknowledgment of the quality of the company.<br></p><p>We have aligned the management of Human Resources with Portugália Airlines global objectives and strategy. Being thus in tune means that we are able to guarantee an efficient service in the areas of Human Resources management and development.</p><p>We know that the human factor makes the difference. We invest in training and look for a dynamic team, committed to the challenges of the future.</p>Organizacao
Environmental impactEnvironmental impactWe take care of the EnvironmentPortugália Airlines operates flights that abide with the legislation applicable to the aviation market. The current context of scarceness of resources, characterized by a crisis in fossil fuels begs for an ever more strict management of the means available. This optimization of resources tries to meet a reduction of emissions of CO2 and gases with a harmful effect on the atmosphere, as well as noise pollution, as specified in the Kyoto Protocol. Paying special attention to all the measures that may help reduce fuel consumption, Portugália Airlines Fuel Policy is at the forefront of the Company’s concerns, aiming to improve performance and consequently be more efficient.impacto-ambiental
HistoryHistoryFlying since 1990historia

Managing Director's Message

Mário Lobato de Faria

Managing Director


We also take the opportunity to introduce you to our new fleet. Portugália Airlines implemented a total renewal of its fleet in 2016, operating a modern Embraer 190 and Embraer 195 fleet under the TAP express brand. All the information contained here is aimed at conveying a concern with a service of quality and a responsibility towards the environment, the fundamental principles of today’s commercial aviation. Portugália Airlines has a young and dynamic team that pays particular attention to the challenges inherent to this business sector. Human Resources and the quest for constant technological innovation are our main strong points. Every day we work towards optimizing costs, increasing efficiency, improving processes and assuring the quality of operational performance. Furthermore, Portugália believes that safety is everyone’s responsibility and thus deserves better awareness and consideration. Never forgetting that prevention starts on land, we have a team of professionals willing to abide by the strictest safety standards in all stages of all processes, from detailed inspections to demanding operational tests. With this interactive platform we hope to get the necessary feedback for a better positioning on the market. We hope that this can be the gateway to a solid relationship based on trust.

Mário Lobato de Faria

Managing Director


Never compromise on Safety;

Customer Focus: Provide a punctual service based on Empathy and Professionalism;

Integrity: Cultivate honest relationships, transparent communication and behavioral ethics;

Flexibility: To look for competitive solutions in cost to the Group, adapting to the constant changes of the market;

Operational excellence: Pretending to be the best in everything we do. Embracing innovation and knowledge. Promote the implementation of new ideas for greater efficiency and continuous improvement;

Teamwork: Inspire Employees to achieve goals and feel proud to belong to this airline.


Be the preferred regional airline on all routes operated;

Be an indispensable part of the TAP Group.


Always be an unequivocal source of solutions for the TAP Group with regard to the medium-haul operations, reducing operating costs, increasing punctuality and improving customer satisfaction and confidence levels.​

 Board Members



Luís RodriguesLuís Rodrigues<img alt="" src="/PublishingImages/SobreNos/Organization/Luis_Rodrigues.jpg" width="3885" style="BORDER:0px solid;" />CHAIRMAN
Mário ChavesMário Chaves<img alt="" src="/PublishingImages/SobreNos/Organization/diretor_novo.png" style="BORDER:0px solid;" />EXECUTIVE COMISSION
Gonçalo PiresGonçalo Pires<img alt="" src="/PublishingImages/Lists/Organization/AllItems/DSC_4727_thumb.jpg" width="480" style="BORDER:0px solid;" />EXECUTIVE COMISSION
Maria João CardosoMaria João Cardoso<img alt="" src="/PublishingImages/SobreNos/Organization/Maria_Joao_Cardoso.jpeg" style="BORDER:0px solid;" />EXECUTIVE COMISSION
Mário CruzMário Cruz<img alt="" src="/PublishingImages/SobreNos/Organization/Mario_Cruz.jpg" width="389" style="BORDER:0px solid;" />EXECUTIVE COMISSION
Sofia LufinhaSofia Lufinha<img alt="" src="/PublishingImages/SobreNos/Organization/Sofia_Lufinha.jpg" style="BORDER:0px solid;" />EXECUTIVE COMISSION

 Company Organization Chart



Ana Bárbara SoaresAna Bárbara Soares<img alt="" src="/PublishingImages/SobreNos/Organization/Ana_Soares.jpg" width="943" style="BORDER:0px solid;" />GROUND OPERATIONS / CUSTOMER SERVICES1NoNoNoNo
Ana TimóteoAna Timóteo<img alt="" src="/PublishingImages/SobreNos/Organization/ATimoteo.jpg" width="1016" style="BORDER:0px solid;" />CONTINUOUS IMPROVEMENT AND COMMUNICATIONS1NoNoNoNo
André LeiteAndré Leite<img alt="" src="/PublishingImages/SobreNos/Organization/Andre_Leite.jpg" style="BORDER:px solid;" />MAINTENANCE AND ENGINEERING / PART 1451NoNoNoNo
António PeraltaAntónio Peralta<img alt="" src="/PublishingImages/SobreNos/Organization/Antonio_Peralta.jpg" style="BORDER:px solid;" />AIRWORTHINESS / MTO QUALITY1NoNoNoNo
Carlos Neves AlmeidaCarlos Neves Almeida<img alt="" src="/PublishingImages/SobreNos/Organization/Carlos_Neves_Almeida.jpg" style="BORDER:px solid;" />LEGAL1NoNoNoNo
César BarrosCésar Barros<img alt="" src="/PublishingImages/SobreNos/Organization/Cesar_Barros.jpg" style="BORDER:px solid;" />FINANCIAL PLANNING AND CONTROL1NoNoNoNo
Duarte LeitãoDuarte Leitão<img alt="" src="/PublishingImages/SobreNos/Organization/Duarte_Leitao.jpg" width="946" style="BORDER:0px solid;" />SAFETY1NoNoNoNo
Elisa SoaresElisa Soares<img alt="" height="500" src="/PublishingImages/SobreNos/Organization/Elisa_Soares.jpg" width="500" style="BORDER:0px solid;" />SECURITY1NoNoNoNo
Gonçalo LealGonçalo Leal<img alt="" src="/PublishingImages/SobreNos/Organization/Gonçalo_Leal.jpg" style="BORDER:0px solid;" />QUALITY1NoNoNoNo
Hugo OliveiraHugo Oliveira<img alt="" src="/PublishingImages/SobreNos/Organization/Hugo_Oliveira.jpg" style="BORDER:0px solid;" />TRAINING1NoNoNoNo
Miguel Vaz PintoMiguel Vaz Pinto<img alt="" src="/PublishingImages/SobreNos/Organization/Miguel_Vaz_Pinto.jpg" style="BORDER:px solid;" />TECHNICAL COORDINATION / PART CAMO1NoNoNoNo
Ricardo CarvalhoRicardo Carvalho<img alt="" src="/PublishingImages/SobreNos/Organization/Ricardo_Carvalho.jpg" style="BORDER:0px solid;" />FLIGHT OPERATIONS1NoNoNoNo


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The idea of creating a new company in the commercial aviation market came about in 1987, an initiative of Coopav - Cooperativa de Pilotos (Pilots Cooperative), Transconsult - Gabinete de Estudos e Projetos (Studies and Project Bureau for the Transport Sector) and Grupo Espírito Santo.

The project materialized a year later with the incorporation, on 25th July 1988, of a public limited company with exclusively Portuguese and private capital.

Even though it was created in 1988, the Company only began operating in 1990. The city of Oporto was the destination for the first official flight, operated by a Fokker 100 that departed from Lisbon on the 7th July of that year. On that very same day the route Lisbon/Faro began.


From domestic flights to internationalization

Internationalization began in June 1992 with regular flights to Cologne, Turin and Strasbourg. Later the acquisition of two new Fokker 100 meant that market niches in Europe could be conquered.

With the full liberalization of the European airspace, in January 1993, Portugália Airlines was able to pursue its expansion projects, adding, in the years that followed, the cities of Madrid, Brussels, Mulhouse/Basel, Hannover and Stuttgart to its route map. In view of the new operational necessities the fleet was increased with two more Fokker 100.



European regional company



European regional company

In April 1997 the Company launches seven new destinations in the Iberian Peninsula and the United Kingdom: Barcelona, Bilbao, Las Palmas, Gran Canaria, Tenerife, Valencia, Palma de Mallorca and Manchester. To satisfy the growing operational needs and to make the fleet more flexible six Embraer 145 (49 seats) aircraft are bought.

The expansion to the French market happened between 1998 and 1999 with five new important destinations: Nice, Lyon, Marseille, Bordeaux and Toulouse. Still in 1999, a code-share agreement with the Moroccan Company Regional Air Lines added the Casablanca route, Portugália Airlines first non-European destination. The Company’s fleet stabilized in 2000 with 14 aircraft (6 Fokker 100 and 8 Embraer 145) operating until 2016. Portugália Airlines asserted itself on the European market as a private and innovative airline, guided by high level service standards. Its efficient and rigorous management and the team’s dedication and commitment to the passengers earned international recognition, as evidenced when it received the title of Best Regional Airline in Europe 2001, 2002, 2003, 2004, 2005 and 2006 and the Skytrax Award for Best Cabin Staff in Europe, in 2005.

In 2004 Portugália Airlines spun-off its handling area and associated itself with the TAP Group. SPdH – Serviços Portugueses de Handling, SA, where the Company has 6% of the share capital, was created as a result of such a process. Later that company changed its name to Groundforce.


Integration in the TAP Group

In mid 2007, Portugália Airlines integrates the TAP Group and takes on a new business model. The Company stops working the regional market independently and starts working within a Group logic as a supplier of flight capacity by hiring its aircraft to TAP.

The acquisition of Portugália Airlines strengthened the competitive position of TAP making the most of the already existing resources and of the various synergies resulting in the growth and improved offer in terms of the Group’s network. With Portugália Airlines participation the Oporto hub continues to grow. In spite of the existing contractual relationship, Portugália Airlines and TAP are independent companies that have their own legal identity within the same Group.



Fleet renewal

In 2016, the Company renewed its fleet, and is now operating with a fleet of 9 Embraer 190 and 4 Embraer 195.

This renewal brought to Portugália Airlines a new image, an increase in passenger capacity and greater flexibility while maintaining the same consistency and quality in the service provided.

The renewal of the fleet was a challenging project that Portugália Airlines took on with commitment, efficiency and dynamism.

The Company's aircraft fly today under the TAP express brand, supporting TAP's commitment to the regional market.


"The future continues with TAP express!



ANACANACAir Operator Certificate Ref.: Nº: PT-01/90<img alt="" src="/style%20library/PGA/images/pdf-icon.png" style="BORDER:0px solid;" />https://www.portugalia-airlines.pt/Certificacoes/Certificado_PGA_COA_EN.pdf
ANACANACContinuing Airworthiness Management Organisation Certificate – Reference: PT.CAMO.009<img alt="" src="/style%20library/PGA/images/pdf-icon.png" style="BORDER:0px solid;" />https://www.portugalia-airlines.pt/Certificacoes/Certificado_PGA_PartM_EN.pdf
ANACANACMaintenance Organization Approval Certificate (Part 145) Ref.: Nº: PT.145.008<img alt="" src="/style%20library/PGA/images/pdf-icon.png" style="BORDER:0px solid;" />https://www.portugalia-airlines.pt/Certificacoes/Certificado_PGA_Part145_EN.pdf
ANACANACApproved Training Organization Certificate Ref.: Nº: PT.ATO.006.03<img alt="" src="/style%20library/PGA/images/pdf-icon.png" style="BORDER:0px solid;" />https://www.portugalia-airlines.pt/Certificacoes/Certificado_PGA_PT_ATO_EN.pdf
ANACANACMaintenance Training Organization Approval Certificate (Part 147) Ref. : Nº : PT.147.007<img alt="" src="/style%20library/PGA/images/pdf-icon.png" style="BORDER:0px solid;" />https://www.portugalia-airlines.pt/Certificacoes/Certificado_PGA_MTO_EN.pdf
IOSAIOSAIOSA Operator<img alt="" src="/STYLE%20LIBRARY/PGA/IMAGES/PDF-ICON.PNG" style="BORDER:0px solid;" />https://www.portugalia-airlines.pt/Certificacoes/Certificado_PGA_IOSA_EN.pdf
DGERTDGERTTraining Certified Organization<img alt="" src="/style%20library/PGA/images/pdf-icon.png" style="BORDER:0px solid;" />https://www.portugalia-airlines.pt/Certificacoes/Certificado_PGA_DGERT_EN.pdf
TAP GroupTAP GroupPlan for the Prevention of Risks of Corruption and Related Offences of the TAP Group<img alt="" src="/STYLE%20LIBRARY/PGA/IMAGES/PDF-ICON.PNG" style="BORDER:0px solid;" />https://www.portugalia-airlines.pt/Certificacoes/Plan for the Prevention of Risks of Corruption and Related Offences of the TAP Group.pdf
Grupo TAPGrupo TAPCode of Ethics and Conduct TAP Group<img alt="" src="/STYLE%20LIBRARY/PGA/IMAGES/PDF-ICON.PNG" style="BORDER:0px solid;" />https://www.portugalia-airlines.pt/Certificacoes/Codigo_Conduta_Etica_Grupo_TAP_EN.pdf
TAP GroupTAP GroupInterim evaluation report of the Plan for the Prevention of Risks of Corruption and Related Offences of the TAP Group <img alt="" src="/STYLE%20LIBRARY/PGA/IMAGES/PDF-ICON.PNG" style="BORDER:0px solid;" />https://www.portugalia-airlines.pt/Certificacoes/Interim evaluation report of the Plan for the Prevention of Risks of Corruption and Related Offences of the TAP Group.pdf



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