TAP Air Portugal’s Airbus A321LR took its first commercial flight over the weekend, the Portuguese airline said, operating from Lisbon to Prague. 

“Registered as CS-TXA, this is the company's first narrowbody aircraft with enough fuel capacity to operate in transatlantic flights, offering the premium comfort of long-haul airplanes,” TAP Air Portugal said on its LinkedIn page. 

The carrier is in the process of modernizing its fleet—by the end of this year it is scheduled to receive 37 new Airbus aircraft split between the A320neo, A321neo, A321LR and A330neo models and 71 new aircraft by 2025.

TAP said April 4 when its first A321LR, which is equipped with 168 seats, arrived from the manufacturer, that it was first airline in the world to operate the A330neo and the A321LR simultaneously. The A321LR will allow it to expand its connections on the US east coast and in northeast Brazil, it said. 

The airline will eventually operate 14 of the type. 

As of Dec. 31, 2018, TAP had 96 aircraft in its fleet including 24 widebody and 51 narrowbody Airbus aircraft.

Helen Massy-Beresford, helen.massy-beresford@aviationweek.co.uk