For me it's a matter o modernization TAP completely review their long-haul fleet. Infact the A310 is quite old in TAP hands now and I think it will stay not more than 2 or 3 years. The A340 is younger but I still feel that it's an oversized airplane for TAP. The last big beast we had was the 747 and that was completely outdated in early 80's, that's why TAP bought the L1011-500, that was a big commercial mistake, not about the model that was a great one but the fact that TAP ordered when Lockheed anounced that they would close the factory! I think at that point if TAP didn't ordered the Tristar, Boieng could have gonne still with their models for TAP, but I think a lot o political decision was press in this Tristar order and then during some years TAP had no definition, until Airbus arrived! If TAP get the A330-200 they can compete at the same level with other bigger airlines, look now BA is starting LAD flight using the 777, AF is already there with the 777, would you fly there in TAP 343 or 313? I personally would go to LHR and get the 777, it's much more modern, PTV's good service etc.
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