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TAP Portugal & the aircraft surprise!

 
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ameya
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PostPosted: Mon Sep 02, 2019 6:33 pm    Post subject: TAP Portugal & the aircraft surprise! Reply with quote

TAP Portugal & the aircraft surprise!

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The first leg of our trip got us to Lisbon, Portugal on Emirates. The next stop was Madrid and the multiple daily flights between the two airports comprised of Iberia, Air Europa, Easyjet and TAP Air Portugal. With the leg from Madrid to Nice being planned on Air Nostrum – operated by Iberia and Easyjet done a couple of years ago, the choice narrowed down to TAP Air Portugal. Madrid is the topmost destination by passenger numbers from Lisbon.

TAP Air Portugal is the flag carrier of Portugal with its hub at Lisbon airport. The airline is a Star Alliance member and operates a fleet of over 90 aircraft comprising the Airbus A320 family, A330, Embraer and ATR.

Aviation is an addiction and one is always looking out for newer experiences, airlines and aircraft types and who doesn’t love surprises!

Booking

I decided to book directly on the airline website. The website is easy to navigate. On the day we intended to fly, there were six flights to Madrid. There were multiple fare options on offer. A hand baggage only fare, Basic fare (1 checked-in baggage, limited miles, 1 change allowed), Classic (Higher miles, free seat selection) and Plus (Higher miles, free changes, refundable fare, fast track, economy extra seats).

Selection of flight and fare class was hassle free. I opted for the Basic fare which had 1 bag each and proceeded for payment, which again was a hassle-free experience with the Indian credit card. Ticket in inbox as soon as the payment went through and on the web page as well. Full marks for hassle free booking experience. I found the website very colorful and lively.
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PostPosted: Sat Sep 07, 2019 11:56 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

TAP is indeed a lovely airline. No big bells and whistles but a basic, clean and very professional service.

Have to agree about Lisbon Portela as well. It's bursting at the seams.
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PostPosted: Sun Sep 15, 2019 11:36 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Another nice one, Sir!
A rushed experience at a foreign airport is not something I would look forward to. It is nice that at least, the airline had its processes right, and in order.
It is really nice that you got an A21N-LR. I loved the descriptions of the plane and its design (but the food was clearly a bit unimaginative, and ...well in tune with global standards, unfortunately!)
Cheers, Sumantra.
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PostPosted: Tue Sep 17, 2019 8:26 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

The_Goat wrote:
TAP is indeed a lovely airline. No big bells and whistles but a basic, clean and very professional service.

Have to agree about Lisbon Portela as well. It's bursting at the seams.


Yep. No big bells and whistles. Not sure how they are for long haul but the fleet renewal means that the aircraft and seats would be in good shape along with the IFE
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PostPosted: Tue Sep 17, 2019 8:31 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

sumantra wrote:
Another nice one, Sir!
A rushed experience at a foreign airport is not something I would look forward to. It is nice that at least, the airline had its processes right, and in order.
It is really nice that you got an A21N-LR. I loved the descriptions of the plane and its design (but the food was clearly a bit unimaginative, and ...well in tune with global standards, unfortunately!)
Cheers, Sumantra.


These days expecting food is wrong! I remember a few trips ago, boarding a LH A320, they were handing out biscuits and chocolate. While I thought it is a welcome snack and a service would follow, nothing of that sort happened !
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