Arch of triumph and visit of spotters takes place in Salvador Airport in celebration to the landing of new Airbus model

Arch of triumph and visit of spotters takes place in Salvador Airport in celebration to the landing of new Airbus model

Salvador de Bahia is the third city in the world to host A330neo in a commercial flight of TAP Airlines

To celebrate the first run of the modern Airbus A330-900neo a “baptism of aircraft” and a lot of photos were taken at Salvador Airport on October 25. Following the global aviation tradition, the flight TP029 - operated by TAP Airlines - was welcomed with a beautiful Arch of Triumph done by the local firefighters. The first landing of the aircraft on Salvador Airport was also recorded by an excited group of 20 spotters. Besides taking pictures from the runway, they could visit the A330neo inside area. 
Everytime a rare or new aircraft model lands on Salvador Airport, spotters from Bahia and even other states rush into the airport to record this special moment through pictures or videos. Whenever it’s possible, the airdrome administration allows a controlled access to the aircraft yard to spotters. The announcements of “Spotters Day” are previously done through a list of registered spotters. To join this group, it’s required to send an email to 
Isac Mamed is a professional pilot and was one of the spotters who visit the A330neo. “Being next to a plane like this with the engine running is awesome! We can take pictures by a different angle from the yard, capturing the best images of the aircraft”, celebrates. 
The Airbus A330-900neo called much attention between aviation fans because that is still an uncommon plane to spot. One of the last of Airbus releases, it is a model that has only been flying in commercial operations since December 15, 2018, and besides Salvador, just landed in Lisboa and São Paulo.




Salvador Airport has undertaken multiples efforts to be able to host different types of aircrafts since it had been integrated to VINCI Airports’ network, on January 2nd 2018. The auxiliary runaway was completely renovated and its able to receive aircrafts like Boeing 737 and Airbus 320 now. The main runway had the lighting replaced and its under renovation works to attend the highest safety standards. In late 2019, a new pier with six fingers will be available to aircrafts. 
Besides it, to ensure the constant growing of flights towards Salvador city, the airline business team has been strengthening the relationship with airlines route network planners and strategic planners, as well takes part in fairs, forums and similar events propagating Bahia’s destinations and Salvador Airport program of incentives to new routes.




Besides an entertainment system on board and last generation connectivity, wifi available included, the first Airbus A330-900neo features 298 seats in a two-class configuration. Business class has 34 seats in a 1-2-1 layout, the remaining 264-seats in economy class are divided between extra legroom and standard legroom sections. The new Airspace by Airbus cabin provides more space between seats, larger luggage overhead bins and an innovative cabin lighting system that intends to minimize Jet Lag effects. The airplane comes to expand TAP long-haul operations.  

The Airbus A330-900neo is a last generation aircraft. The new plane incorporates the last version of Rolls Royce Trent 7000 engine, highly efficient and a larger wingspan with 3D optimization and new sharklets, what allows a better aerodynamic performance. These advancements led to a significant reduction in fuel consumption, between 10 to 12 percent over previous generation similar size aircraft.


About Salvador Airport


Located in the capital of the state of Bahia and the first ever capital of Brazil, Salvador Airport is one of the ten busiest airports in the country. In 2018, the facility served more than 8 million passengers travelling towards about 30 destinations, domestic and international included.

Salvador Airport joined the VINCI Airports network on January 2 2018, through a Concession contract lasting up to 2047. Aiming to improve passengers experience and provide better services to airlines, VINCI Airports launched an ambitious investment plan to modernize and expand the airport. The first phase of works, which includes the construction of a new 20,000 sqm departure area and the refurbishment of the existing terminal, is expected to be completed in October 2019. More informations are available on


About VINCI Airports


VINCI Airports, a top five global player in the international airport sector, manages the development and operation of 46 airports in France, Portugal (including the Lisbon hub), the United Kingdom, Sweden, Serbia, Cambodia, Japan, the United States, Dominican Republic, Costa Rica, Chile and Brazil. Served by more than 250 airlines, VINCI Airports’ network handled 195,2 million passengers in 2018. Through its expertise as a comprehensive integrator, VINCI Airports develops, finances, builds and operates airports, leveraging its investment capacity, international network and know-how to optimise the management and performance of existing airport infrastructure, facility extensions and new-build construction projects. More comprehensive information is available on