TAP PORTUGAL TURNED 65 LAST MONTH, AND ALTHOUGH THE Portuguese flag carrier did not throw itself a major party as it did five years ago when it marked its 60th birthday with entry into Star Alliance and a new corporate brand, it has plenty of reasons to celebrate. Not only will the airline unit report a healthy profit for 2009, in sharp contrast to most other European network carriers (and despite competition from some 22 LCCs), it is doing so as a standalone carrier. "In the past ten ...

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