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Part V:- TAP J And C Class Home  
User currently onlineba319-131 From United Kingdom, joined Jan 2001, 8561 posts, RR: 54
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Hello dear readers, this is the final installment in my travels for Q1 2011.



Apologies for the late posting of this, time or lack of and seeming lack of inspiration are to blame, need to get back on the horse and sort the trip posting out, quite a few sitting written and more looming in Q1 2012.

This is part 5 and the return home from Brazil to my home just outside London, TAP being the carrier on the two sectors.

Air Portugal was founded on March 14th 1945, some 66 years later they have a fleet of 55 aircraft serving 75 cities. The longhaul fleet consists of Airbus A340-300’s and A330-200’s which operate to North and South America, Brazil being a particularly important destination due to the strong cultural links, some 70 flights a week to 9 different gateways, amazing for such a small country.

I have flown Air Portugal a few times before, 313, 320 & 319, but those flights were a good few years ago. I've heard little good about TAP recently so was not really looking forward to flying them, particularly longhaul, however this was a reward ticket and on this particular date there was no choice, either TAP or no travel, TAP it was then.

TAP operate 2 daily flights to GRU from LIS, the first with an A330 and the latter, my flight, with an A340.

After arriving from CGH on the airport transfer bus, a recommended service, very reliable.

A few pictures en-route

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Upon arrival in one of the 'viewing' areas I noted an A340 was operating the earlier flight and an A330 later landed, seems a switch today so no A340 for me today, shame, only have 3 A340-300 flights under my belt.

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06-03-2011
TP194
GRU-LIS
A330-203 CS-TON Built 2009
Seat 2F Business Class
1st Flight on this aircraft, 13th A330 flight (6th -200)
Sch Dep 22:55 Sch Arr 11:55
Act Dep 23:18 Act Arr 11:22

Given the late departure time and so many other flights ahead of it , I was not sure what time check-in would open for this flight, however it was almost dark and the spotting day was pretty much over for now, plus I was getting hungry, so I thought I'd take a look and see if anything was happening at the TAP check-in area, if I could find it….

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Seems my luck was in, check-in appears to have just opened when I found the TAP area, this is located down the far end of hall A, it was 18:50.

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The Business Class check-in was being handled by 3 agents, they seemed pretty slow, by the time it was my turn I had been in line for a good 25 minutes, hardly impressive!

Now not wanting to sound snotty, but I do feel there is a sort of minimum standard for dress code in long haul business class, I suspect I am one of a few thinking that, but I have to say pretty much all of the people ahead of me were the scruffiest looking people you have ever seen together in one place, not a good feeling, at least for me. When I fly long haul business I wear my smart jeans, only worn for special occasions, such as flying, a smart but casual shirt or polo and shoes, either brown or black, all in all I’d be accepted in all places bar a black tie event. The motley bunch in front of me could have stepped off a cargo vessel for all I knew, no offence meant to those on cargo vessels, you do a fine job.

My check-in was much quicker, just having hand luggage helps the process. During my wait I had noted some of the agents weight customers hand luggage, I had visions of that happening to me and being told to check one in, I was prepared to fight that one if need be, however the bags were not requested to be weighted, just for a sticker to be placed on each.

Originally I had 2A selected for this flight, I hate not having a window, however it was mostly a night flight and the seat pitch was not so great, I figured it would be best to be in a centre section, the layout is 2-2-2, and thus I'd not have to disturb a neighbour when getting out of the seat, I always assume the worst then you won’t be dissapointed. This is the first time I've given up a window seat, I'd given it lots of consideration, still not keen on the idea but it's for the best. Seat change was no problem, so new seat assigned was 2F, I kept the window for the LIS-LHR section as it would be daylight.

By the time I got checked in the queue's had gone

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Another terminal view

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Boarding passes were issued as were directions to the lounge, TAP use the Smiles lounge, I assume the former Varig facility? I expected the lounge to be lacking in food options so I headed off for some real food, grilled chicken and salad, yes being good, not had a burger or chips whilst I was away!

Meal over I made a quick check of the viewing area to see if anything had appeared before proceeding through security and passport control. I have to say the process was quick and efficient, I must have been through in under 5 minutes

A quick walk through what must be the worst organised duty free I have ever been in, the walkways are so narrow and some idiot put the 4 tills in a square block in the middle of it, stupid design, anyway, made my purchases, fridge magnets, and left for the lounge.

The VIP lounges are situated on the second floor, access is via stairs or an escalator.

The Smiles lounge is found at the top of the escalators, it is used by a variety of airlines.

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The lounge warden checked my boarding pass, I enquired about intent access and he provided a card with a voucher number.

Inside the lounge there a no view of any sort, bar a locked door overlooking the AA Admirals Lounge across the hallway, not the most exciting place to spend a significant amount of time.

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As expected F&B offerings were on the poor side, food limited to small rolls, some warmed pasty and cheese ball things, some sort of soup, salad and what I assume was a chocolate pot. Drinks were limited, only one beer choice, Skol, and a very limited choice of wine or hard liquor. All in all as I expect, disappointing.

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I had a coupe of snacks and glass of passable Cava

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before hunting down power outlets, bar the 'computer' area as I call it

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power outlets are in short supply in the lounge, noted all the good spots with power close by had been snagged already, I had to share a table with a chap as the seat next to him had the last outlet I could find, place was not even half full either.

Blast from the past

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The internet access is not that straight forward, in fact it is stupid, you have to register yourself on the Vex network before you can access is, seriously, how difficult can you make it!?

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All in all this lounge is just a place to pass time before your flight, unlike other lounges I could mention, it's not a place you are supposed to enjoy or feel relaxed in, ok, I suppose you can feel relaxed but I like decent views from lounges to relax, no views makes me feel penned in, this place is just a space away from the general mass of people all waiting to get in that metal tube and hurtle through the sky.

I passed the time with a few drinks, a quick view of stuff on the net before carrying on with reports for A.NET.

By 20:00 the lounge had emptied considerably and none of the people looked like the ones in the check-in queue earlier, perhaps the majority of the other lounge guests were on the FRA flight?

Boarding was called around 22:20, a short walk down to gate 24 where our aircraft would board from.

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Upon arrival it was not immediately clear where Business Class passengers were supposed to board, there were lots of people here, looks like a good load

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a quick troll of the area seemed to indicate heading to the front on the right might do the trick, a good choice, some of the scruffy people I had seen earlier in check-in where here.

Boarding had pretty much started as I arrived.

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Greeted at the front door, L2, and directed across the galley and left to access my seat.

Once seated view across to the left front

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Seat

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Legroom

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Good sized PTV

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Looking back

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Looking left

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Upon arrival each seat had a blanket and pillow along with a Boutique duty free catalogue

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The blanket was more of a fleece type material, it did the job but I prefer the quilted type blankets that BA and others provide.

Drinks were soon offered, water, OJ and I suspect it was Cava, and a poor one at that, the lounge Cava had actually been better, of note, one of the FA's must have been 80 if a day!

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Boarding music was interesting, it included the Bee Gee's and Dexies Midnight Runners, how odd can it get?!

The boarding door, L2 closed at 22:55, bang on departure time. Looking around the cabin, none of the people I discussed earlier were in the cabin, I suspect they were TAP FF elite who were travelling down back but taking advantage of their status for check-in.

Looking around the cabin there were 7 open J seats out of 24, the seat next to me was open, looking across the cabin, my original seat of 2A was now occupied but the aisle seat open, I wonder if that would have been the case if I had taken the seat, I'll never know so I’ll stop worrying about it.

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Safety video

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How far to LIS?

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Push back occurred at 22:56, with taxi it the active, as we turned towards the active I could see a TAM 77W start it's roll for departure, our turn came next, wheels up at 23:18.

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Breaking out the IFE I got the map up so I knew where we were and the time difference

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I dropped off after departure, only awaking as the cabin service started, whilst I had been asleep head phones and amenity kits had been distributed, I found mine on the seat next to me.

The kit contains the usual eyeshade, socks, tooth brush and toothpaste, some lotion, a tiny pen and a shoe horn, that's the second one on this trip………

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Funky socks

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Tables were being laid, linens, butter, napkins and drinkers offered. I took red wine and sparking water, your choice of bread was also offered.

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Shortly after your choice of soup or salad was offered, I chose the salad, rather than being pre-packed, the toppings are added to the salad base, these from the tray, though I did not get to choose what I was given, never mind, the salad was nice and fresh, quite enjoyable.

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Starter over main course was delivered, I had chosen the veal in spinach ravioli, not a normal choice for me but the other options did not appeal, very nice it was too, additional breads were also offered from the tray as the crew passed through the cabin.

Visually not great but tasted pretty good

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Mains cleared a choice of desert or cheese was offered, I took the cheese, it started to get a bit bumpy at this point, the seat belt signs remained on, as had since departure.

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I took a top up of red wine with the cheese and when the digestives cart came around a Johnny Walker was an excellent night cap.

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Espresso was also offered, not something you often get at 36,000ft to I took one, this being deliver by what I assume to be at the lead CSD, he had spent all of the flight so far in the forward galley.

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All in all it had been a pretty decent meal, the salad starter was nice and the main a good portion.

With trays clear away and water bottles distributed I dropped off for some much needed sleep, these spotting jollies are actually hard work in terms of maximizing and making best use of the time you have.

I woke up with, according to the map, 2 hours 45 minutes to go, popped to the smallest room in the plane and went back to sleep.

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Flower in the smallest room

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Amenities

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When returning to my seat I had noted mine was the only IFE monitor on in the cabin, because of the size they are quite bright in a dark cabin, my trusty ANA eyeshades had been keeping the light out. I got these eyeshades a couple of years back on a SIN-NRT sector, I have to say they are excellent, and the reason is they have 2 bands to hold it in place rather than just the single band most J class eyeshades I have come across seems to have, as a result I find they stay in the right place and keep the light out better than other eyeshades.

Of note, I notice the TAP eyeshades also have 2 bands though I'm not keen on the feel of the material, I'll try them out at some stage and see how I feel about them.

The sounds of activity in the cabin arouse me, indeed, we were about 2 hours out of LIS now and breakfast was about to be served.

Re the seat and it’s bed function, it's angled rather than a flat bed, now normally I'm not keen on these, my last experience with them was on Qatar and I had trouble sleeping, however these seats were much more comfortable and I’d happily be seated/sleeping here on another longhaul flight.

Linens laid it was time for breakfast. As per the menu pineapple slices, mozzarella balls with Parma ham, this came with tomato and some salad, a hint of rocket in the salad which was great on the taste buds, also a yoghurt and your choice from the bread basket, along with juice and tea/coffee. I took coffee then a few moments later the lead CSD chap came out and offered me an espresso, nobody else was offered one, quite odd!

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All in all breakfast was just the right thing, though the small coffee cups means frequent top up’s are required, I know this is the continental style but they are just too small for the first coffee of the day.

Breakfast tray cleared I took another coffee before freshening up in the smallest room in the plane.

Cabin during daylight

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Back in my seat writhing this we are according to the map 1:03 hours out of LIS now. Looking around everybody else has finished breakfast, IMO they could start it a little later and still have the cabin cleared before landing.

Found this charging point, I needed it!

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About 45 minutes out of LIS the copilot came said good morning etc and advised we would be landing around 11:25 and descent would begin in a little over 5 minutes, this was done in Portugese and English.

True to his word a little over 5 minutes later be started to descent, it got a bit bumpy at one stage but from memory this is usual on Lisbon approaches, at least it seems to be the case on the occasions I have flown it.

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Connecting flight info

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How far?

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Wheels touched down @ 11:22, so a good 30 minutes ahead of schedule, not that it makes much difference to me with a connection a few hours away.

A short taxi back and we parked at what I assume are the long haul gates, a new addition since I last flew out of Lisbon.

1 A & B

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Crew thanked etc and off the plane.

Out of all the carriers flown on this trip, I was expecting the least from TAP, however this flight was a pleasant surprise, I was actually quite impressed with the crews, the food and even the seat comfort, yes you could have more legroom and a flat bed, however this did the job just fine.

A final shot of the bird.

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I have to say it's quite a hike from these gates to immigration, I'd hate to be in a hurry for a connection. In addition, once past immigration the queues for clearing security are huge, it took me all told 25 minutes to get through. The set up is woefully inadequate.

Having travelled through Mexico, Columbia, Chile and Brazil, it's amazing how much better their set up seems to be, perhaps I just got lucky, but I never once took the iPad out of the bag, and never one had a problem, queues were minimal to non existent. In LIS however they saw the iPad on the scanner and made it and the bag it was in go back through the scanner, welcome to Europe!


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Finally airside again I had a quick peek out of the window, not too much going on

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so decided to head to the TAP lounge, apologies for the lack of pictures, the place was packed and I was knackered.

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Welcomed in by the lounge warden I looked around, place was packed. The lounge has 2 levels, entrance level and an upper level accessed by stairs, both areas we full, in fact it took a while to find a seat with a table, finally found one, left the bags and took my wash bag to freshen up.

The lounge has one unisex shower room and one toilet each, as you can imagine there is a bit of a queue when the lounge is busy.

When I got back to my seat, my stuff must have been invisible to others as others had invaded and taken my table and chair, they even ignored me whilst I retrieved my stuff from between them as I headed off to find somewhere else to sit, some people have no manners.

Aside from lack of seating and toilets, the F&B offerings a actually quite good, plenty of wine, soft drinks, waters, JW Red & Black on offer, a good deception of pastries (to be expected here!), cheese, meats, rolls, fruit etc, nothing hot but all in all pretty decent and would keep most people happy.

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The lounge lacks any views of the apron and thus natural light, it's quite dimly lit, though in some expects that's soothing on the eyes.

In summary, the place is too small for the number of premium passengers TAP and it's Star Alliance partners are pushing through the LIS hub, I hope there are plans for a larger lounge as this is just too crowded and as this has no premium feel about it.

The lounge has free wifi though you need a card to access it, these can be obtained at reception.

My next flight was at 14:35 so I had some time to kill, writhing up this, Internet and a bit of F&B helped past most of the time

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until the desire for natural light got the better of me, along with itchy feet!

Exiting the lounge I headed to duty free to pick up a bottle before slowly heading to the gate, it was actually quite a walk so I'm glad I left early.

Being non-Schengen there was the obligatory passport check to proceed down to the gate,no queues though, all pretty smooth.

Upon arrival at the gate, 42a, it was clear this would be a pretty full flight, there were no free seats

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so I wandered down the terminal checking out the TAP A330's and other passing traffic in the hope I could glean a last few new registrations for the trip, luck was in, I made a couple.



07-03-2011
TP356
LIS-LHR
A319-114 CS-TTC Built 1997
Seat 2A Business Class
1st Flight on this aircraft, 88th A319 flight (234th A32X series flight)
Sch Dep 14:35 Sch Arr 17:25
Act Dep 14:55 Act Arr 17:18

Boarding finally commenced at 14:16, I knew we were being bussed as we were in the longhaul section surrounded by TAP A330’s, I could hear some passengers grumbling about walking down the stairs when the plane was at the gate, ha, no it’s not, we have a bus ride ahead!

The bus filled up, there were the usual ‘expert’s on the bus who know everything about aviation telling their stories of being bussed and late flights etc etc…..the bus, now packed, left the terminal at 14:31 to start a ramp tour en-route to our plane which was parked on a remote parking stand.

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The bus pulled up next to CS-TTC, another new machine for me, though I only have flown on 1 TAP A319 before, would have been really bad luck to get the same one again.

As you can imagine a bit of a scrum to board so I stayed back and took in the view and took a few discrete pictures before heading aboard, I actually stood aboard at 14:44, almost 10 minutes behind schedule and the second bus of passengers had yet to arrive.

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Greeted at the door or rather a slight nod of the head which acknowledged my prescence and headed to my seat, 2A, I already has a seat mate in 2C who had a large bag on the floor in front of 2B, note this bag was allowed to remain in this place throughout the whole flight, not something I’ve seen recently, rules are pretty much adhered too…..

Legroom shot, pretty good

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Next load arrives.

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Boarding is finally complete and taxi out for the active.

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Wheels up 15:01.

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Service commences around 20 minutes after takeoff, newspapers and magazines are offered from a trolley followed by a hot towel service. I’ve never really got the point of the trolley service on these short haul flights, seems a waste of time to me.

The meal service followed shortly afterwards, a covered bowl of fruit, a main ‘snack’ of something deep fried along with asparagus and some tasteless sauce, along with a traditional Portugese style cake.

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The main snack was actually pretty grim, some kind of deep fried batter with a few prawns it, quite horrible and a nasty shock after the good food on my last sector.

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The fruit and cake was fine though for the life of me I can’t understand why airlines don’t serve seedless grapes!

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The rest of the flight was quite uneventful, I managed to get the wine topped up once or twice and just stared out of the window and dozed, I think I was pretty much at the edge of exhaustion.

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Quite a nice day for flying, even as we approached the UK, not bad for early march.

The captain spoke a few words just before descent started, don’t really remember much of it but he did say we had an eta of 17:15.

Approach

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Wheels down on 09L @ 17:18.

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Taxi to T1 and our parking stand was pretty quick

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Last look at the bird

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The gates TAP use do mean a long hike to immigration, I seem to recall a similar hike when using T1 last time, that being SAA from CPT on a 342.

Summary:-

TAP, not a bad longhaul product, crews and food were good, seat fine for me, all in all a pretty reasonable product for a carrier that is not a major force. Shorthaul is another story, quite a disappointment, the food is a disgrace and the overall product lacks the premium quality that the fares between LIS & LHR command.

For those readers who are spotters too, I made 587 new registrations on this trip, well worth it!

Thanks for reading, hope you enjoyed, feel free to drop a line or comment.

Cheers

BA319-131 - Mark



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User currently offlinemilesaddict From Singapore, joined Dec 2007, 100 posts, RR: 0
Reply 2, posted (2 years 10 months 3 weeks 6 days 12 hours ago) and read 15330 times:

Tks a lot for your report,

I'm quite surprised my this airline.

The lounge seems good also and the catering fair.

You re right the main dish does not look good.

tc


User currently offlineLXM83 From Switzerland, joined May 2005, 610 posts, RR: 5
Reply 3, posted (2 years 10 months 3 weeks 6 days 11 hours ago) and read 15151 times:

Hello ba319-131

Thanks for your nice report.

Quoting ba319-131 (Thread starter):
A few pictures en-route

Wow, that looks like a war zone!

Quoting ba319-131 (Thread starter):
by the time it was my turn I had been in line for a good 25 minutes, hardly impressive!

Agree, not impressive at all for J class.

It seems TP is offering a decent J product!

Best regards,
LXM83


User currently offlineaflyingkiwi From New Zealand, joined Nov 2010, 515 posts, RR: 3
Reply 4, posted (2 years 10 months 3 weeks 6 days 10 hours ago) and read 15089 times:

Hi Mark,

Wonderful report with great pictures. We don't usually see many TAP long-haul reports so this one particularly interested me. TAP's product doesn't seem too bad though I'm not impressed by the presentation of some of their meals. Also it's a shame that the product wasn't up to standard on the LIS-LHR leg.

Thanks for reporting

Regards,
aflyingkiwi


User currently offlinesignol From United Kingdom, joined Oct 2007, 3017 posts, RR: 8
Reply 5, posted (2 years 10 months 3 weeks 6 days 10 hours ago) and read 14979 times:

Hi Mark,

another great report, thanks for getting it online!

I've heard conflicting reports about TAP - some positive, some negative. I've only flown them once, in Y, OPO-LGW, and it was fine. You too seem to have had some very positive aspects, the food, LIS lounge, and some bad points, the shorthaul meal and GRU lounge. How would you rate them overall, compared to IB say?

Thanks again

signol



Flights booked: none :(
User currently offlineFLIEGER67 From UK - England, joined Sep 2003, 5173 posts, RR: 55
Reply 6, posted (2 years 10 months 3 weeks 6 days 9 hours ago) and read 14967 times:

Hi, Mark,

good to see you´re final story around the big South America trip. Well done, also nice photos.
TAP longhaul looks good, the opposite for the shorty, not really worth it.

Quoting ba319-131 (Thread starter):

For those readers who are spotters too, I made 587 new registrations on this trip, well worth it!

Congrats, sure a good quote.

Looking forward to more travels in 2012 and also more stories.
Do you know something about the planned meeting for the great BER opening in June?.

Greetings,
Markus(FLIEGER67)



Next: London City connections!.
User currently offlineROGERBCN From Andorra, joined Sep 2006, 1209 posts, RR: 20
Reply 7, posted (2 years 10 months 3 weeks 6 days 9 hours ago) and read 14910 times:

Hola Mark!

Great to see the last part of your travel loaded... really interesting to see TP on long haul, I think it is the very first time I have read one in here, there are not that many.

It seems they offer quite a good product; in some aspects, at least the crew you had, seem better than their Iberian neighbors, although I think IB seat and legroom seems to be better, as far as I remember and hope so in my New Year's trip to LAX, a report will follow.

GRU airport seems quite grumpy so all those odd looking passengers you described at check in may dress according to the airport, really the lounge is quite poor in options and atmosphere.

I have seen you are back at your old diet, eating everything on your plate and taking a picture afterwards, I am sure your mother would appreciate it  

LIS lounge looks a lot better, and from other reports I have read it seems they are pretty well stocked in food and drinks... nice, sure needed for your flight to LHR which served a really pitiful food; we have that type of food here called 'bunyols' sort of dough mixed with any sort of meat, vegetables or fish and then deep fried in olive oil.... but I think it is not appropriate to serve it on a plane as it may get soggy.

Looking forward to reading your next reports.

Salut!

Roger



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User currently offlineairportugal310 From Tokelau, joined Apr 2004, 3661 posts, RR: 2
Reply 8, posted (2 years 10 months 3 weeks 6 days 8 hours ago) and read 14630 times:

Very nice trip report. Honest and refreshing

I used to fly TP longhaul from BOS/EWR - LIS on A310's...
Brings back memories!



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User currently offlinePlaneHunter From Germany, joined Mar 2006, 6829 posts, RR: 77
Reply 9, posted (2 years 10 months 3 weeks 6 days 1 hour ago) and read 14150 times:

Hi Mark,

great report, I had been looking forward to this one. The long-haul product looks quite decent, but shame about the GRU lounge and the food on the LIS-LHR sector.

Quoting ba319-131 (Thread starter):
A330-203 CS-TON Built 2009

It's an early 2008 frame.

Quoting ba319-131 (Thread starter):
The Business Class check-in was being handled by 3 agents, they seemed pretty slow, by the time it was my turn I had been in line for a good 25 minutes, hardly impressive!

That's quite long!

Quoting ba319-131 (Thread starter):
I hate not having a window, however it was mostly a night flight and the seat pitch was not so great, I figured it would be best to be in a centre section, the layout is 2-2-2, and thus I'd not have to disturb a neighbour when getting out of the seat, I always assume the worst then you won’t be dissapointed. This is the first time I've given up a window seat, I'd given it lots of consideration, still not keen on the idea but it's for the best.

Sometimes it's simply better to take an aisle seat.

Quoting ba319-131 (Thread starter):
I already has a seat mate in 2C who had a large bag on the floor in front of 2B, note this bag was allowed to remain in this place throughout the whole flight, not something I’ve seen recently, rules are pretty much adhered too…..

Interesting, almost the same happened on my CAI-LXR flight on MS in August.

Quoting ba319-131 (Thread starter):

For those readers who are spotters too, I made 587 new registrations on this trip, well worth it!

That is amazing! I really need to go there soon...however, two more Asia trips may come first.


PH



Nothing's worse than flying the same reg twice!
User currently offlineNZ107 From New Zealand, joined Jul 2005, 6436 posts, RR: 38
Reply 10, posted (2 years 10 months 3 weeks 5 days 22 hours ago) and read 13954 times:

Hi Mark,

Great finale to this series and great series to follow. Coupled with great pictures as usual.

Quoting ba319-131 (Thread starter):
seems a switch today so no A340 for me today, shame, only have 3 A340-300 flights under my belt.

Haha, I didn't even know they had A343s!

Quoting ba319-131 (Thread starter):
I chose the salad, rather than being pre-packed, the toppings are added to the salad base, these from the tray, though I did not get to choose what I was given, never mind, the salad was nice and fresh, quite enjoyable.

Rather eclectic array of things in the salad, I must say! But good to see that this meal was decent.

Quoting ba319-131 (Reply 1):
so decided to head to the TAP lounge, apologies for the lack of pictures, the place was packed and I was knackered.

Is that their flagship lounge too? Well either way, it doesn't seem too good if it's packed like that.


I'll be flying TP on a shortish flight so I'll see what their Y is like but it doesn't seem like my flight is going to be bad.

Thanks for bringing us this trip of Latin America, looking forward to your next series!


Cheers,
Nicholas



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User currently offlineMSS658 From Belgium, joined Oct 2010, 2474 posts, RR: 16
Reply 11, posted (2 years 10 months 3 weeks 5 days 21 hours ago) and read 13815 times:

Hi Mark

Nice installment of your final report in the series! I enjoyed reading it, I'm surprised about the comfortable blue coloring in J-class! TAP seems pretty decent up front as well I flew TAP shorthaul Y in february and enjoyed the flight as well!

Greetings
Marc



Next trip report: Well worn A330s and Hassle free MUC transfer
User currently offlinepalmjet From United Kingdom, joined Nov 2001, 1223 posts, RR: 17
Reply 12, posted (2 years 10 months 3 weeks 5 days 19 hours ago) and read 13654 times:

Hi Mark

Have been waiting for this one! Great to see one of the few TP longhaul reviews here, and in J at that. Thanks for posting.

The TP 332 J seats look identical to the Recaro seats installed on AY in J. In fact, I did a double take, because they looked just like AY, except the AY seats are blue. Glad to see the 332 flight was better than expected. The meals looked quite tasty on the 332 - in contrast to the meal on your LIS-LHR sector (which looked yuk).

I found LIS to be quite a chaotic mess, although I did find the new longhaul gate area to be pleasant.

The great thing about LIS is the bus trip out to the plane. I had 2 "ramp tours" when I was there in April which were great!

Thanks again - P/jet

PS Nice TP socks!



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User currently offlineLuxair747SP From Germany, joined May 2010, 510 posts, RR: 17
Reply 13, posted (2 years 10 months 3 weeks 5 days 13 hours ago) and read 13059 times:

Hi Mark,

very nice final part of your trip report series.
I also thought the product of TP isn't that good, but you have shown us a good proof that they are indeed competitive on the long haul, at least in business class.
The food also looked not bad.
But they could definitely improve their lounge offering outside LIS.

Thanks a lot for sharing

Cheers
Johannes


User currently offlinetff From Portugal, joined May 2011, 69 posts, RR: 2
Reply 14, posted (2 years 10 months 3 weeks 5 days 13 hours ago) and read 12997 times:

Great TR, thanks for posting  
Quoting ba319-131 (Thread starter):
switch today so no A340 for me today, shame, only have 3 A340-300 flights under my belt

You were lucky in the end. The hard product of the A343 is worse than that of the A332s'.

Quoting ba319-131 (Thread starter):
The meal service followed shortly afterwards, a covered bowl of fruit, a main ‘snack’ of something deep fried along with asparagus and some tasteless sauce, along with a traditional Portugese style cake.

You were served Portuguese shrimp tempura (peixinhos da horta) with asparagus and carrot purée. That's one of TP's mid-afternoon snacks, served between meal times. I like it, but it might be a bit too ethnic indeed. For a sample of TP's short-haul meals, check here: http://flyingincircles.wordpress.com...g-tap-portugal-in-business-class/.



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User currently offlineThe777Man From United States of America, joined Jul 1999, 6597 posts, RR: 55
Reply 15, posted (2 years 10 months 3 weeks 5 days 13 hours ago) and read 12989 times:

Hi Mark!

Thanks for a nice conclusion to your South America Adventure!

TAP looks pretty good in Business and nice to hear that the seats were okay to sleep in. I prefer lie-flat seats compared to angled.

Meals look good on GRU-LIS but LIS-LHR doesn;t look good at all and portion seems very small as well.

Quoting ba319-131 (Reply 1):
For those readers who are spotters too, I made 587 new registrations on this trip, well worth it!



Very impressive number! Not sure when I'll do an exclusive spotting trip but if I went to China, I'd probably get something similar number since I haven;t been there for a while.

Probably going to SIN at the end of the month and hope to go spotting at one day.

Looking forward to your next report!

The777Man



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User currently offlinepacifique75 From Portugal, joined Oct 2006, 149 posts, RR: 0
Reply 16, posted (2 years 10 months 3 weeks 5 days 9 hours ago) and read 12741 times:

Thanks for sharing this TR...It is always very interesting to read and hear people's opinion about TAP! It is good to hear that overall you enjoyed your GRU/LIS flight and just like "tff" mentioned you get a better hard product on the A330.

Quoting ba319-131 (Thread starter):
Drinks were soon offered, water, OJ and I suspect it was Cava,

Yes, it is portuguese sparkling wine and not champagne

Quoting ba319-131 (Thread starter):
Shortly after your choice of soup or salad was offered, I chose the salad, rather than being pre-packed, the toppings are added to the salad base, these from the tray, though I did not get to choose what I was given, never mind, the salad was nice and fresh, quite enjoyable.

You are usually asked which items you'd like as a topping for the salad leaves

Quoting ba319-131 (Thread starter):
I took coffee then a few moments later the lead CSD chap came out and offered me an espresso, nobody else was offered one, quite odd!

I suppose he must have remembered that you had an espresso with your dinner earlier...and I am almost certain he
was the Executive class purser and not the Inflight supervisor

Quoting ba319-131 (Thread starter):
The main snack was actually pretty grim, some kind of deep fried batter with a few prawns it, quite horrible and a nasty shock after the good food on my last sector.

As "tff" rightly said this is a mid-afternoon/outside main meal times snack and I agree it might not be to everyone's
taste and some people complain it's not substantial - however, it is only served in between lunch and dinner times. Quite a few years ago, the catering dept introduced more of the portuguese cuisine into C class meals...
Regarding the terminal building at LIS, I agree with most criticism like the layout and most parking stands being remote.
It is noticeable that some areas are newer and cleaner than others in the terminal and that is because they were all built
at different stages over the years in order to expand the airport in a space constrained area.
Personally, the only thing I cant understand is people who complain about long walks at LIS!? How about LHR, FRA, AMS, CDG - to name a few??
Thanks for all the pictures and great TR.


User currently offlinesfflyer123 From United States of America, joined May 2010, 283 posts, RR: 0
Reply 17, posted (2 years 10 months 3 weeks 5 days 7 hours ago) and read 12568 times:

Nice report about the TAP C class. I have not seen too many, so it was nice that you posted this one. It looks pretty good. The seats look like LH C, and the food looked reasonable. It did not look amazing, but I thought it looked pretty good. Thanks for sharing.

User currently offline767747 From United States of America, joined Jan 2005, 1951 posts, RR: 24
Reply 18, posted (2 years 10 months 3 weeks 5 days 7 hours ago) and read 12560 times:
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Great report, Mark! I've been looking forward to this final installment.

Quoting ba319-131 (Thread starter):
Now not wanting to sound snotty, but I do feel there is a sort of minimum standard for dress code in long haul business class, I suspect I am one of a few thinking that, but I have to say pretty much all of the people ahead of me were the scruffiest looking people you have ever seen together in one place, not a good feeling, at least for me.

I agree with you here; when my fiance and I flew SAS in J back in September, some folks looked like they has just gotten out of bed ... When you travel in F or J, you should dress up a bit for sure.

TAP looks pretty good; Definitely more impressed by your long-haul flight, than short-haul!  

Best,

Matthew


User currently offlineSultanils From Belgium, joined Mar 2010, 1746 posts, RR: 30
Reply 19, posted (2 years 10 months 3 weeks 4 days 20 hours ago) and read 12174 times:
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Hello Mark,

Excellent closing episode of your SA spotting jolly. Is your backlog cleared now  ?
TAP longhaul seems quite nice: the cabin and seats do look a bit basic though & food’s quite OK. What was your general impression of the FA’s? Were they talkative and responsive to calls?
That shorthaul to LHR is another story: perhaps they better served you some meatballs iso these strange looking … well, other balls  . But all into consideration: TAP is not TOP but more than OK, right?

Quoting ba319-131 (Thread starter):
some 70 flights a week to 9 different gateways, amazing for such a small country

That’s indeed quite amazing, for some routes they must hold a near monopoly position directly from Europe.

Quoting ba319-131 (Thread starter):
When I fly long haul business I wear my smart jeans, only worn for special occasions, such as flying, a smart but casual shirt or polo and shoes, either brown or black, all in all I’d be accepted in all places bar a black tie event.

A man with style: smartly dressed on a plane   I remember some years ago coming back from a holiday in Malaysia in our last sweaty clothes and being upgraded to MH business due to an overbooked Lauda Air flight. A funny sight watching the business class being full with upgraded tourists. The FA’s didn’t mind that though, the service was excellent.

Quoting ba319-131 (Thread starter):
Safety video

Urgh, ugly green graphics. They didn’t make any effort to make the passengers look like real. Hear that ICT?

Quoting ba319-131 (Thread starter):
I already has a seat mate in 2C who had a large bag on the floor in front of 2B, note this bag was allowed to remain in this place throughout the whole flight, not something I’ve seen recently, rules are pretty much adhered too…

Hmm, was it on the ground in the way or under the seat in front? If it would be in the way, I’d point that out to the passenger or a crew member.

Quoting ba319-131 (Thread starter):
I can’t understand why airlines don’t serve seedless grapes!

Did your mum told you maybe that a tree will grow inside you when you eat the seeds? I can tell: it will not and I eat those seeds all the time. But I get your point  

Sultanils



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User currently offlineOA260 From Ireland, joined Nov 2006, 27125 posts, RR: 60
Reply 20, posted (2 years 10 months 3 weeks 4 days 19 hours ago) and read 12107 times:

Hey Mark,
Very interesting report and nice review of TP. Gotta love the Varig glasses! Should have lifted one  

Nice routing you took on your trip.

Thanks for the report.

Regards

Philip  


User currently offlineTravelsUK From United Kingdom, joined Dec 2007, 134 posts, RR: 0
Reply 21, posted (2 years 10 months 3 weeks 4 days 19 hours ago) and read 12070 times:

Hi Mark

Quoting ba319-131 (Thread starter):
The meal service followed shortly afterwards, a covered bowl of fruit, a main ‘snack’ of something deep fried along with asparagus and some tasteless sauce, along with a traditional Portugese style cake.

Yes, very mean and dissapointing, a huge difference to what used to be served on this route, in C you got a menu and a choice of two main dishes which were always good, even in Y you would get a hot meal - how times have changed!

Thanks for a great TR - really enjoyed reading it

Cheers!

Nick


User currently offlineEIDAA From Ireland, joined Oct 2006, 830 posts, RR: 16
Reply 22, posted (2 years 10 months 3 weeks 4 days 14 hours ago) and read 11834 times:

Hi Mark,

Thanks for finally uploading the last part of that trip report series. I have been following them over the last few months and must say it looks like you had a great trip!

I actually flew on the TP 194 from GRU to LIS in August, although I ended up on an A340-300. To be honest, while the seat was alright, it was nothing mind-blowing, nor was the service. In the end I just slept for a lot of the flight and didn't bother with the meal. I can't really fault the seat as I did manage to sleep... albeit probably like you as I was exhausted after a hectic 36 hours in the country!

On the short-haul sector though I really wasn't impressed with TP. The flight was late for starters, which led to a missed connection with BD in LHR, with no support to speak of as TP staff had gone home for the day on the aircraft's arrival. I noted the following inbound from LIS was also due to be late, so any passengers with connections on that one were in trouble! In my case, BD would not look after my re-booking as it was TP that got me into LHR late. In the end I gave up trying to find a solution with them and walked up to the EI ticket desk and paid a small fortune to get home that night. Needless to say, not impressed by the Star Alliance experience when things go wrong!

Finally, it has to be said...

Quoting ba319-131 (Reply 2):
I made 587 new registrations on this trip, well worth it!

Incredible!!



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User currently offlinevolvair From Germany, joined Oct 2011, 167 posts, RR: 0
Reply 23, posted (2 years 10 months 3 weeks 4 days 5 hours ago) and read 11578 times:

Hi Mark,

thanks for taking the time to put this report together. It turned out to be a very nice conclusion to your South America series. Even if TAP hasn't been your preferred choice it seems you had a nice time with them - at least on the TATL leg.

Quoting ba319-131 (Thread starter):
The Business Class check-in was being handled by 3 agents, they seemed pretty slow, by the time it was my turn I had been in line for a good 25 minutes, hardly impressive!

Not at all. Was the Brazilian departure tax included in your ticket price or did you have to pay it seperately?


As you might recall, I have been at the Smiles lounge as well in October ( Of Buckets & 3-Holed Workhorses:5L 732, 722 To LPB (by volvair Nov 8 2011 in Trip Reports) ), and I also was not pleansantly surprised. What is bad though, is that apparently it has gotten worse - or I just went there on a bad day.

Quoting ba319-131 (Thread starter):
As expected F&B offerings were on the poor side, food limited to small rolls, some warmed pasty and cheese ball things, some sort of soup, salad and what I assume was a chocolate pot. Drinks were limited, only one beer choice, Skol, and a very limited choice of wine or hard liquor. All in all as I expect, disappointing.
Quoting ba319-131 (Thread starter):
I had a coupe of snacks and glass of passable Cava

There was no soup, no salad and no chocolate pot when I was there. In the beverage cooling bowl there was only a Smirnoff bottle, there was no Cava available.

Quoting ba319-131 (Thread starter):
The internet access is not that straight forward, in fact it is stupid, you have to register yourself on the Vex network before you can access is, seriously, how difficult can you make it!?

Yes, if you in a hurry and just want to catch up on your mails this signing up really is a pain. If I recall correctly you also had to provide your address and stuff...

I will be travelling through GRU in two weeks. I don't know if I will make it to the lounge as my connection time is not that long but I'd like to see how they develop.

Quoting ba319-131 (Thread starter):
Having travelled through Mexico, Columbia, Chile and Brazil, it's amazing how much better their set up seems to be, perhaps I just got lucky, but I never once took the iPad out of the bag, and never one had a problem, queues were minimal to non existent.

My Latin American travel experiences have been similar. Queues at security were mostly non-existent and also immigration was usually a painless affair, disregarding a GRU arrival at 5am when a lot of long-hauls come in at the same time. Never did I have to put my laptop out of my bag so far.


User currently offlinegabrielchew From United Kingdom, joined Aug 2005, 3311 posts, RR: 12
Reply 24, posted (2 years 10 months 3 weeks 3 days 15 hours ago) and read 11352 times:

Hi Mark! Nice to finally see the final instalment!

Quoting ba319-131 (Thread starter):
The Business Class check-in was being handled by 3 agents, they seemed pretty slow, by the time it was my turn I had been in line for a good 25 minutes, hardly impressive!

It’s always annoying when you have a long wait, especially when you’re stuck behind the badly dressed  
Quoting ba319-131 (Thread starter):
Originally I had 2A selected for this flight, I hate not having a window, however it was mostly a night flight and the seat pitch was not so great, I figured it would be best to be in a centre section, the layout is 2-2-2, and thus I'd not have to disturb a neighbour when getting out of the seat, I always assume the worst then you won’t be dissapointed. This is the first time I've given up a window seat, I'd given it lots of consideration, still not keen on the idea but it's for the best.

It’s always a hard choice to make. Easy access or a window?

Quoting ba319-131 (Thread starter):
Drinks were limited, only one beer choice, Skol, and a very limited choice of wine or hard liquor. All in all as I expect, disappointing.

Well, they have Tanquerary Gin, which is pretty expensive…

Quoting ba319-131 (Thread starter):
Visually not great but tasted pretty good

No, it looks awful. Glad it was tasty though

Quoting ba319-131 (Thread starter):
my trusty ANA eyeshades had been keeping the light out. I got these eyeshades a couple of years back on a SIN-NRT sector, I have to say they are excellent, and the reason is they have 2 bands to hold it in place rather than just the single band most J class eyeshades I have come across seems to have, as a result I find they stay in the right place and keep the light out better than other eyeshades.

Of note, I notice the TAP eyeshades also have 2 bands though I'm not keen on the feel of the
material, I'll try them out at some stage and see how I feel about them.

I rely on my Air NZ ones

Quoting ba319-131 (Thread starter):
In summary, the place is too small for the number of premium passengers TAP and it's Star Alliance partners are pushing through the LIS hub, I hope there are plans for a larger lounge as this is just too crowded and as this has no premium feel about it.

I’ll be in this lounge for an hour or two next month – hope it won’t be too busy then

Quoting ba319-131 (Thread starter):
The fruit and cake was fine though for the life of me I can’t understand why airlines don’t serve seedless grapes!

‘Cos they’re cheaper!

Quoting ba319-131 (Thread starter):
The gates TAP use do mean a long hike to immigration, I seem to recall a similar hike when using T1 last time, that being SAA from CPT on a 342.

I think around 50% of the T1 gates are a long hike to immigration. When departing, I love the Gate 5 gates (so close to the BD lounge), but they are a good 15 minutes to immigration.



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25 Post contains images FlyingFinn76 : Hi Mark, I'll be damned - you managed to finish your report before the end of the year! Never would've guessed! Nice conclusion. The TAP longhaul prod
26 Post contains images ronerone : Hi Mark, It really did take you a while to complete this series didn't it? Well worth the wait for sure! Excellent report, excellent series. Looking a
27 Post contains images akhmad : Hi Mark, Saving the best for last? Anyway, a very fitting finale with excellent story and pictures. Cool! Will Mrs. BA319-131 tag along? I can imagine
28 Post contains images airbuseric : Hi Mark! thanks for your nice continuation and final part of the trip! Well, that was still an easy choice. Unacceptable for J-class standards. I agre
29 Post contains images moosecamel88 : Hello Mark! Thank you for sharing your TAP experience with us all! TAP is one of the airline which I would really love to try out one day and after re
30 Post contains images ba319-131 : Hi All, Thanks for the various comments, a few selected replies, cheers. - No worries, thanks for reading. - Indeed, some grotty areas of the city can
31 NZ107 : Still of great quality such that everything can be seen! No wonder! I know eh, approaching rather quickly! Too quick in some aspects!
32 Post contains images ba319-131 : - More kind words, you're a star! - I know what you mean, my next trip will in in Feb, that's approaching too quickly too! Cheers Mark
33 lukeyboy95 : Hi Mark. Always good to read a report from you in your no-nonsense approach. This was very informative and pretty bloody classy on behalf of TAP! I am
34 Post contains images stipica : Hi Mark ! ... Just to thank you for all LatAm opus and for putting a smile on my face ...stipica
35 Post contains links and images abrelosojos : Mark, Finally getting a chance to catch up on reports on A.Net - and was really looking forward to your final push back home. It seems your TP experie
36 Post contains images ba319-131 : - Thanks Luke - Ha, should have picked that up, well, made for some amusement - Glad it's not just me! - Glad you enjoyed, thanks for taking the time
37 Knightsofmalta : Hi Mark Thanks for the intersting report. TAP seem like rather a strange set up. Their long-haul produce seems rather nice actually, both in terms of
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