According to Global Traveler, TAP serves the best white and second-best red wine in Executive Class
The US magazine Global Traveler has ranked two of the wines served by TAP in its Executive Class – Paulo Laureano Reserva 2014 and Churchill’s Estates Grande Reserva 2011 – among the best wines served on board the world’s leading airlines, confirming the quality of Portuguese wine.
Paulo Laureano Reserva 2014, from the Alentejo region, was elected “Best International Business Class White Wine”, while Churchill’s Estates Grande Reserva 2011, from the Douro region, was awarded the second best in the “Best International Business Class Red Wine” category in the Wines on the Wing Airline Competition annually held by Global Traveler magazine.
The promotion of Portugal quality products is part of TAP main strategy, thus raising the awareness of the Portuguese wines, in particular, as they can be widely tasted and appreciated by international travelers around the world.
“The award now presented to TAP is a confirmation of the quality of wines served in Executive Class. The large panel of tasters who selected this and other wines had a very difficult task, given the high quality of the wines on offer. This way, TAP helps promoting the best Portuguese wines. The class of other winners in this competition is all the more reason to prove the quality of our selection,” said João Paulo Martins, wine expert responsible for TAP’s wine list selection.
To judge its “blind tasting” competition, Global Traveler selected a 36 experts panel including sommeliers, wine retailers and wine producers, who judged five different wines submitted by participating airlines – two reds, two whites and one sparkling.
About TAP Portugal
TAP is Portugal’s leading airline, and member of Star Alliance, the global airline alliance to offer customers worldwide reach, since 2005. In operation since 1945, TAP celebrated 70 years on March 14, 2015, and has completed its privatization process in 2015, with the Atlantic Gateway Group now as new private shareholders of its share capital. TAP hub in Lisbon is a key European gateway at the crossroads of Africa, North, Central and South America, where TAP stands out as the international leading carrier in operation to Brazil. The company’s network currently comprises 81 destinations in 34 countries worldwide. TAP currently operates about 2,500 weekly flights in average on a modern fleet of 61 Airbus aircraft and 16 aircraft operating in PGA colors, TAP regional carrier, adding up to a 77 aircraft fleet in the whole. Within the vast restructure program currently going across the company as the outcome of its privatization process, TAP has already announced its Network restructure, its medium and long haul fleet renewal program as of 2017 and the retrofit of the fleet currently in operation as well as the launch of the new branded product TAP Express, which will soon replace PGA and operate a new fleet of 8 ATR 72 and 9 Embraer 190. In the pursuit of its customer focused policy, TAP continuously strives to deliver safe, reliable and upgraded products & services, tailored to meet customers’ expectations. Retaining the Portuguese character of the Company’s brand and quality service as the basic concept and has been the main driver of TAP strategy in most recent years. Recognized and awarded as the Europe’s Leading Airline to Africa as well as Europe’s Leading Airline to South America by the World Travel Awards in 2015 and 2014, the company was also awarded as the WTA World’s Leading Airline to Africa in 2011 and 2012 and the WTA World’s Leading Airline to South America in 2009, 2010, 2011 and 2012. Voted Best Airline in Europe in 2011, 2012, 2013 and again in 2015 by the Global Traveler, USA, the company was also honored by UNESCO and by the International Union of Geological Sciences with the IYPE “Planet Earth Award 2010”, in the category of “Most Innovative Sustainable Product”. TAP was also voted Best Airline by Condé Nast Traveller Magazine in 2010 and Best Portuguese Tourism Company by the specialized magazine Marketeer, in 2011.