TAP Portugal took delivery of its first A330-200 earlier this week, the next step in its long-haul fleet renewal plan launched at the Dubai Air Show with an order for seven dash 200s and 10 A350s (ATWOnline, Nov. 22, 2005). Delivery of the dash 200s originally was scheduled to begin next year. The new aircraft will replace an A310 and be used on routes to the US, Brazil and Africa. TAP will take two additional dash 200s at the end of this month and in April.

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