Mário Araújo, Engineering Director of TAP Maintenance and Engineering, was distinguished with AEEC Trumbull Award 2014, in Toronto, Canada, by AEEC under the initiative “2014 Avionics Maintenance Conference | AEEC”.

The AEEC is an international body of technical professionals that leads the development of technical standards for airborne avionics, in the cockpit and in the cabin, bringing together a dedicated, brave and respectful engineering workforce from across many nations in diverse tasks coordinated by sub-committees and working groups. AEEC exists since 1949.

Mário Araújo joined TAP Maintenance & Engineering in 1979, where he holds the post of Director of the Engineering Division since 1998. During his career, he has represented TAP in several international organizations and associations within the industry, namely at AEA (Association of European Airlines), and also chaired the AEEC Executive Committee for two years, being at the time the first non-American Chairman appointed in more than 60 years of existence of this organization.

The award honors excellence in the domain of project leadership and development engineering and is named in honor of Austin Trumbull, an engineer working for United Airlines, who started the work on electrical airborne standards in the 1940s. He developed the Air Transport Rack concept into its final form, made the original drawings, and consummated the follow-up process to make it a successful and acceptable Standard. It is to celebrate the virtuosity of this remarkable deed, and to perpetuate the greatness of vision of Mr. Trumbull and the early pioneers, and their strong sense of mission and purpose, that the AEEC presents every year the Austin Trumbull Award. Austin Trumbull received in 1967 what would become the first Trumbull Award.

The standards, known as ARINC Standards, are used by Boeing and Airbus for the construction of a large proportion of the cockpit and cabin systems of their aircraft currently in production, such as the A380 and the B787; and aircraft such as the model A350XWB, which will equip the TAP long haul fleet in the future.

About TAP Portugal
TAP is Portugal’s leading airline, in operation since 1945 and member of Star Alliance, the global airline alliance to offer customers worldwide reach, since 2005. Its hub in Lisbon is a key European gateway at the crossroads of Africa, North and South America, where TAP stands out as the international leading carrier in operation to Brazil. The company’s network currently comprises 77 destinations in 34 countries worldwide, with 11 new destinations in Europe and South America to be added throughout 2014. TAP currently operates 2,250 weekly flights in average on a modern fleet of 55 Airbus aircraft, to which add some 16 aircraft operating in PGA colours, TAP regional carrier, thus adding up to a 71 aircraft fleet in the whole. 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 has been the main driver of TAP strategy in most recent years. Recognized and awarded as the World’s Leading Airline to Africa by the World Travel Awards in 2011 & 2012, TAP was also awarded the WTA World’s Leading Airline to South America in 2009, 2010, 2011 and again in 2012. Voted Best Airline in Europe in 2011, 2012 and 2013 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.


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