TAP Air Portugal is the world’s first airline to fly the new A330-900neo and has selected Bucher galleys to equip the cabins.
With the A330neo, Airbus is introducing the new “Airspace” cabin concept. Flexible zones in the aircraft enable the optimum formation of the cabin crew’s workspace, and the innovative design also provides passengers and crew with a new travel experience. During the development, the focus was placed on the passengers but also on the crew’s mode of operation, with the result that the interior layout is very comfortable and achieves a pleasant ambience while also allowing the passenger to be spoilt with first-class service.
Bucher Leichtbau is proud to have been given the opportunity to develop and manufacture the well-known Bucher galleys for the Portuguese “launching operator”. The great challenge here was to develop galleys that were appropriately light, safe and which conformed to the specifications while also adapting to the customer’s requirements, taking into account functionality and ergonomic considerations.
Joel Fragata, Head of In-Flight Product for the cabin outfitting at TAP Air Portugal: “Bucher has equipped this wonderful aircraft with efficient and well-designed galleys. The galley specification for the A330neo was an enormous challenge and Bucher accepted to be part of this great project and adventure. We were convinced that they would be up to the job.We know the company from previous projects and have always been highly satisfied with the continuous and personal service and the resulting products, the reliable galleys. These impresses, amongst other things, due to their exceptional quality and the very low maintenance costs throughout the plane’s lifetime. Bucher Leichtbau has once again wowed us with its performance, flexibility, quality and reliability. For years, we have placed great trust in the craftsmanship and expertise of this leading galley provider.”
Bucher lives and breathes quality, something that can be traced back to the company’s founder. The original founder Heinrich Bucher was inspired by the idea of manufacturing galleys in a lightweight construction out of aluminium, with the guiding thought behind this being to fly with the minimum of weight and the highest degree of reliability. Bucher has been refining and optimising this unique lightweight construction principle ever since. However, Bucher also offers composite solutions, which allows the company to be flexible and able to adjust the products to individual customer requirements.