Valter Fernandes is the Managing Director at Portugália Airlines. He received his Mechanical Engineering degree from Instituto Superior Técnico and his Aeronautics Master of Science from Universidade Nova. Both located in Lisbon where he was born and raised. In 2001 Valter moved to TAP Portugal as a Project Manager and was later promoted to aircraft Base Maintenance General Manager at TAP M&E Portugal (70 aircraft fleet plus customers). Five years later, he moved to a different hemisphere to take the challenge of TAP M&E Brazil, initially as a Strategy Consultant for Brazil Operations and in 2010 Valter was promoted to EVP of Operations. During this period, TAP M&E Brazil doubled its revenue and created a good base load of new costumers.
After completing his legacy he returns to TAP Portugal as Project Developer and Senior Advisor to CEO, holding this position for 2 years. In January of 2018 Valter was invited to embrace a new role in a TAP Group company as CEO of TAP Express operated by Portugália Airlines.