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Portugal, Please: Funchal/Lisbon In UA/TP F & C  
User currently offlinekurt From United States of America, joined Oct 2001, 417 posts, RR: 0
Posted (2 years 2 months 2 hours ago) and read 14825 times:

Here’s a trip report for our vacation to Madeira and Portugal in April/May 2012. I hope you like it!

Background: I have wanted to visit Portugal for a long time, and we like to try out different Star Alliance carriers on award trips, so I looked into flight options. Of course, TAP Air Portugal is an choice, and a carrier I’d never tried. We like to take advantage of stopovers on these trips, so Madeira became a nice addition (and after seeing a lot of amazing photos of the “runway on pilings” at Funchal, I was hooked). I put together an itinerary and we booked it without much trouble back in February: 100K miles each in business class, plus $90 or so in taxes each. Sold!

Our itinerary ended up being:

DEN-EWR (UA; operated by “old” UA crew/equipment): 757-200
EWR-LIS (TP): A330-200
LIS-FNC (TP): A320-200
FNC-LIS (TP): A319
LIS-EWR (UA; operated by “old” CO crew/equipment): 757-200
EWR-DEN (UA; operated by “old” CO crew/equipment): 737-900

A nice mix of carriers and aircraft, I thought. After the usual fretting about weather (was it too soon in the season to get nice weather?), hotels and rental cars, it was time to go. One caveat: I like aisle seats, so this report is light on photos of engines, slats and wings. And I like to eat, so there are a lot of photos of food. Just how I roll!

Part 1: Denver-Newark, April 22 (Sunday)

UA has really beefed up service hub-hub, so DEN-EWR/IAH have a ton of choices. We ended up on an earlier flight that I would have chosen, but it gave more time for spotting/lounge-hopping in Newark. This is a very familiar kind of flight, being on a United-style 757. We considered taking the RTD SkyRide to the airport, but the cost was only slightly higher to park in the long-term (Pikes Peak) lot. We arrived at DIA about 7:15 a.m. for our 8:42 a.m. departure to EWR.

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Lines for security were short; outside these windows (facing south) is an enormous hole where they are beginning construction on a hotel and a train station for the long-delayed rail service to the city. I remain skeptical.

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Your author at the multi-airline FIDS in Concourse B at DIA. It’s time to fly!

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We headed up to the west United Club for a nosh before the flight; this is N541UA, our 757-200 to Newark. It was a beautiful spring day in Denver.

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A lot of progress has been made on painting the “old gray” UA aircraft; they are all gone from the mainline fleet, like this A319, N832UA.

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Down on the west end of concourse B is where the old CO aircraft, like this 757-300 (N75851) and a 737-900ER (N75429), can be found.

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The crowd was fairly light inside the United Club. These get a lot of hard use, but the carpet appeared to have been recently updated.

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Now we’re talking.

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Food selection isn’t bad; muffins, cereal, bagels/cream cheese, bananas/apples and the like.

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Blueberry muffins are a good pre-flight snack.

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These FIDS are UA-only.

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Although DIA is more than 15 years old, some of the design elements are still pretty striking, like these “flying saucers” in the escalator atrium to the United Club.

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On the north side of concourse B were a couple of newly-painted PMUA Airbuses (N460UA and N827UA).

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This makes me a little bit sad: there used to be a beautiful model of a UA 747-400 hanging here (note the hooks). I wonder where it is now.

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How far is it to downtown Denver? This far.

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N541UA, ready for its flight to Newark.

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N498UA, part of a dwindling group of old-paint UA aircraft. This livery still looks better than the CO style, in my opinion.

UA422 DEN-EWR
757-200, N541UA
8:32 a.m. (gate B26) – 2:28 p.m. (gate 112)
4E, 4F (First Class)
Breakfast


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It was a full flight to EWR, but the aircraft was in good condition. I still prefer these old-style leather seats to CO’s boxier style. We departed about five minutes early.

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Bloody marys mean you are on vacation!

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After a round of drinks, it was time for breakfast. This is the standard domestic F breakfast. A bit of turbulence delayed the arrival of the bread basket (croissants or cinnamon rolls).

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Cheese omelet, broccoli quiche, sausage and a cherry tomato are the main parts of breakfast. Everything was hot and tasty.

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A small fruit bowl with pineapple, melon, red grapes and a strawberry was also served.

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As was a small bowl of strawberry yogurt.

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Now there’s that cinnamon roll (warm and delicious).

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Obligatory legroom shot.

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We arrived in rainy Newark about 10 minutes early.

Next up: the Newark experience and TAP!

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User currently offlinefxramper From United States of America, joined Dec 2005, 7191 posts, RR: 86
Reply 1, posted (2 years 2 months 1 hour ago) and read 14612 times:
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Nice report. Looking forward to your thoughts on EWR-LIS on TAP. I've used CO plenty of times to Lisbon but always been curious about the TAP flight from Terminal B. Please post photos of your vacation in Lisboa!   

Quoting kurt (Thread starter):
This makes me a little bit sad: there used to be a beautiful model of a UA 747-400 hanging here (note the hooks). I wonder where it is now.

Smisek's office.


User currently offlineburj From United States of America, joined Nov 2007, 901 posts, RR: 4
Reply 2, posted (2 years 2 months 1 hour ago) and read 14566 times:

Looking forward to the rest of the trip report!

Quoting kurt (Thread starter):
One caveat: I like aisle seats, so this report is light on photos of engines, slats and wings. And I like to eat, so there are a lot of photos of food. Just how I roll!

Ah yes...a man after my own heart!


User currently offlineSTT757 From United States of America, joined Mar 2000, 16819 posts, RR: 51
Reply 3, posted (2 years 2 months ago) and read 14345 times:

Quoting kurt (Thread starter):
This makes me a little bit sad: there used to be a beautiful model of a UA 747-400 hanging here (note the hooks). I wonder where it is now.

Getting repainted into the new colors?



Eastern Air lines flt # 701, EWR-MCO Boeing 757
User currently onlineFLIEGER67 From France, joined Sep 2003, 5136 posts, RR: 55
Reply 4, posted (2 years 1 month 4 weeks 1 day 23 hours ago) and read 14046 times:

Hey, Kurt,

pretty good to follow these appetizer to you´re long awaited line of stories for Portugal and around.
Well done, good work. Looking for more, you know.

Quoting kurt (Thread starter):

Your author at the multi-airline FIDS in Concourse B at DIA. It’s time to fly!

Great contrats and picture.

Greetings,
Markus(FLIEGER67)



Next: How to deliver a present in style!.
User currently offlinekurt From United States of America, joined Oct 2001, 417 posts, RR: 0
Reply 5, posted (2 years 1 month 4 weeks 1 day 23 hours ago) and read 14057 times:

Oh, I meant to add this stuff but forgot:

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DEN (39°51'42"N 104°40'23"W) EWR (40°41'33"N 74°10'07"W) 78.0° (E) 1605 mi
EWR (40°41'33"N 74°10'07"W) LIS (38°46'53"N 9°08'09"W) 69.8° (E) 3384 mi
LIS (38°46'53"N 9°08'09"W) FNC (32°41'52"N 16°46'28"W) 228.0° (SW) 600 mi
FNC (32°41'52"N 16°46'28"W) LIS (38°46'53"N 9°08'09"W) 43.5° (NE) 600 mi
LIS (38°46'53"N 9°08'09"W) EWR (40°41'33"N 74°10'07"W) 294.1° (NW) 3384 mi
EWR (40°41'33"N 74°10'07"W) DEN (39°51'42"N 104°40'23"W) 278.0° (W) 1605 mi

Total: 11178 mi

That's better. I'm busy compiling Part 2, which will be a bit more interesting!


User currently offlineLH4116 From Sweden, joined Aug 2007, 1710 posts, RR: 14
Reply 6, posted (2 years 1 month 4 weeks 18 hours ago) and read 12939 times:

Hey Kurt, nice to see the report up. Wasn't quite sure whether we'd get to see a report on your flights to Portugal, but was pleasantly surprised to see this up on the forum  

UA seem to offer a rather standard domestic First product, seats look quite nice though, especially with the black leather. Aren't they the same as the old UA Intl Business Class?

The United Club however looked very abysmal in terms of offerings when compared to a European lounge, heck even the SAS Business Lounges appear better in comparison. The interior looked rather nice though.

Very much looking forward to the next parts. Will be interesting to see TAP, an airline I'll be flying in 2 weeks, although in Y  

"Wheels Up!"
//Jonas



SAS Plus is Business Class made faux!
User currently offlineadamspotter From Netherlands, joined Feb 2011, 1118 posts, RR: 4
Reply 7, posted (2 years 1 month 4 weeks 3 hours ago) and read 12343 times:
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Hi there,
Nice report! Thanks for sharing. The food sure looks good!

Looking forward to your next parts

cheers,
Brendan // adamspotter


User currently offlinekurt From United States of America, joined Oct 2001, 417 posts, RR: 0
Reply 8, posted (2 years 1 month 4 weeks 2 hours ago) and read 12291 times:

Part 2: Newark-Lisbon, April 22 (Sunday)

It was a gray, drizzy day in Newark (as it was on our return 10 days later).

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The AirTrain links the terminals and the parking areas at EWR. Some good views are available, but the trains are ridiculously tiny inside!

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Terminal B is pretty much a dump. Crowded and somewhat disorganized, it has an ambiance straight out of 1974. But the selection of airlines is large and it has that “we’re going on a trip overseas!” quality that is fun.

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Your author again, catching a bit of fresh air before heading inside to check in. We weren’t able to get boarding passes in Denver for our TP flights, but our luggage was checked all the way through.

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TAP had the last set of check-in counters at the end of the terminal; the space is shared by multiple airlines. We were checked-in within 10 minutes. All of the agents were friendly and spoke Portuguese with ease.

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Next door was SK, which was especially busy. I think one of its flights (Stockholm as I recall; the other serves Copenhagen) was cancelled, hence the long lines.

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Surprisingly for a Star Alliance carrier, we were given invitations to the Virgin Atlantic Clubhouse, located landside. While nice, it is nothing like you’ll find at JFK or LHR.

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VS has two flights to LHR, one in the morning and one late in the evening. In between other carriers use the space. Air India had a flight departing for BOM at 4:35 p.m., after which the lounge cleared out.

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The (staffed) bar area. To the left is a buffet area for pre-flight dining, which was only available before those two VS flights. Otherwise, it was just a meager selection of chips and pretzels.

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Super-cool pens and pads were available. Yes, they went right into my bag!

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About 4:30 p.m. we got hungry and decided to go down to the gate area and see what other lounges were available (you know, the kind that serve FOOD). LH and SK have lounges next to one another; SK was absolutely packed, so we went into the LH Senator Lounge. The food/bar area was well-stocked, with hot food, soup, bread, cheese, cold cuts, fruit, desserts and a good selection of Champagne, wine, spirits and soft drinks. Good on LH!

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Vegetable soup tasted great on a rainy day, and the bread, cheese and meat were good as well, along with some Champagne.

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My friend had two servings of fish and vegetables, he liked it so much. I was saving my appetite for the flight.

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About 5:15 p.m. we decided to head to the gate. In the interim, the SK lounge had cleared out for the most part. While modern and stylish in the Scandinavian way, it isn’t a very appealing space, with rows of seats and little privacy.

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This cool A340 model makes up for a lot, though!

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The gate area and more of that charming Newark ambiance. Welcome to the 1970s!

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Contrary to my expectations, boarding was quite orderly.

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Although the views weren’t great, I was excited to see CS-TOH, our A330-200, in its Star Alliance colors.

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The TAP logo isn’t visible here, but it’s under the front part of the fuselage underneath door 1L. There was a SK Star Alliance A330 parked next door.

We boarded at about 5:30 p.m. Time to see what TP is all about!

TP104 EWR-LIS
A330-200, CS-TOH
6:00 p.m. (gate B64) – 5:55 a.m. (stand 602)
3A, 3B (Business Class)
Dinner, Breakfast


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We were welcomed aboard by a friendly flight attendant and shown to our seats. While TP won’t win any awards for its hard product (the seats were angled flat and very similar to LH’s old style, one of my least favorite comfort-wise), service and food were above average. The business class cabin was tidy and fresh. Sparkling wine and water were served.

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In real GLASSES, unlike some U.S. carriers.

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My friend in 3A; the color scheme was totally unoriginal and un-TP (white, red and green are the carrier's colors), but not offensive, either.

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Newspapers and magazines were distributed from these strange little folding carts.

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Back in economy, the captain came back to greet passengers at door 2L, a nice touch, I thought.

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The Recaro seats had one major drawback: tiny AV screens.

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At about 6:05 p.m. the doors were closed and we pushed back. The TP safety video is absolutely hysterical, with CG-created marionettes and a lot of dorky humor.

Here is a link.

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Also surprisingly, we had a short wait for takeoff and were airborne within 15 minutes of pushing back. Soon the crew sprang into action, distributing menus, headphones and amenity kits.

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Look, it’s burlap! I’ll dissect the contents at the end of the report.

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Nicely-branded, however.

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These worked really well.

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What’s on offer? The menus were in Portuguese, English, French and Spanish. I was impressed by the very nice presentation of the meals on TAP.

AFTER TAKE-OFF

CANAPES *
Salmon
Basil Pesto
Mixed Nuts

* Depending on the departure time

FOR YOUR SALAD
Proscuitto
Chicken Curry
Asiago Cheese
Marinated Mushrooms
Dried Apricots

SOUP
Black Bean Soup

MAIN COURSE
Beef Fillet
With Mustard Cream Sauce, Stuffed Tomatoes and Roasted New Potatoes

Shrimp
With Mango Sauce, Mixed Vegetables and Pilaf Rice with Red pepper Sauce

Grilled Chicken
With Barbecue Sauce, mashed Potatoes and Sautéed Vegetables

Cheese Tortellini
With Creamy Pesto Sauce

FOR DESSERT
Plate with Cheeses and Raspberry Puree
Marble Swirl Cheesecake
Fresh Fruit

Coffee – Tea

BEFORE LANDING

You will be served a cold meal suitable for the length of the flight, accompanied by the varied of selection of beverages, teas and coffees we have on offer.

We would like to apologize if, due to previous passenger selection, your choice is not available.

SPARKLING WINE
ESPUMANTE LUÍS PATO, MARIA GOMES BRUTO BRANCO
Bairrada

PORT WINE
CHURCHILL’S TAWNY 10 YEARS
DOC Douro

WHITE WINES

PAULO LAUREANO RESERVA
DOC Alentejo

VALLADO
DOC Douro

RED WINES

CHURCHILL’S ESTATES
DOC Douro

CASA DE SANTAR RESERVA
DOC Dão

APERITIFS, LIQUEURS, DIGESTIFS

Portuguese Brandy
Brogan’s
Cognac
Gin
Martini Rosso
Madeira Wine
Sweet Port Wine
Vodka
Scotch Whisky
Malt Whisky
Whisky 12 Years

COLD DRINKS

Beer
Alcohol Free Beer

SOFT DRINKS

Sparkling Water
Mineral Water
Tonic Water
Pepsi
Diet Pepsi
Ginger Ale
Orange Juice
Apple Juice
Tomato Juice

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Two flight attendants served the 24-seat cabin, with a third in the galley.

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First up was a glass of the Douro red wine and the canapé selection.


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Very nice; the salmon was delicious, and I’m not a big salmon lover.

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The service ware was quite elegant and modern in design.

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Euro-carriers seem to have the best bread; warm and fresh, served from a basket.

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The Douro was wonderful; Portuguese wines are often excellent.

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This red-flower theme was carried through from the menus to the napkin rings.

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Next up was the salad cart. The salads were individually prepared, with a choice of any, or all, of the toppings. I wish I’d tried the soup, but it looked good across the aisle.

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Of course I had to try ALL of the toppings. Very nice.

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Wonderfully fresh and high-quality ingredients. This may have been the best salad I’ve ever had in the air.

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My friend had the chicken, and liked it. A safe choice.

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I chose the beef, which was excellent. The mustard cream sauce was decadent and rich, and went great with the meat (and also the bread which was perfect for dunking).

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Perfectly-cooked and very tender, the steak was one of the best I’ve had while flying.

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The cart came out again for cheese/fruit/dessert. I chose the cheesecake and some nice port. Perfect.

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Finally, a selection of chocolates was presented, along with another glass of port. The meal was thoroughly enjoyable.

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Back in economy, duty-free sales were underway. I was politely asked to not take photos, so this is all I’ve got to show.

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Making good progress over the Atlantic. It’s a short flight, less than six hours.

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My efforts at sleeping were not very successful, so I watched some movies instead (“The Iron Lady” and “The Artist,” plus a bit of “J. Edgar.” The AV was looped tapes and not on-demand. Soon it was time for breakfast.

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Breakfast consisted of a small roast beef and mozzarella sandwich (very tasty) . . .

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. . . and a fruit bowl (blueberries, pineapple and melon), along with some strong coffee and a selection of juices. Again, very high quality ingredients.

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Here comes Portugal!

Next up: Lisbon airport and our short flight to Funchal, Madeira!

[Edited 2012-05-31 08:18:16]

User currently offlineadamspotter From Netherlands, joined Feb 2011, 1118 posts, RR: 4
Reply 9, posted (2 years 1 month 4 weeks 1 hour ago) and read 12100 times:
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Nice to see your next part online, another nice report. TAP service looks pretty good! Food looks very delicious!

User currently onlinelychemsa From United States of America, joined Oct 2009, 1166 posts, RR: 3
Reply 10, posted (2 years 1 month 4 weeks 1 hour ago) and read 12096 times:

I loved Madeira. Where did you stay? I went in July and it was hot but the ocean water was cold.

I stayed at the Cliffs Bay and Reids.


User currently offlinekurt From United States of America, joined Oct 2001, 417 posts, RR: 0
Reply 11, posted (2 years 1 month 4 weeks ago) and read 12052 times:

Quoting fxramper (Reply 1):
Nice report. Looking forward to your thoughts on EWR-LIS on TAP. I've used CO plenty of times to Lisbon but always been curious about the TAP flight from Terminal B. Please post photos of your vacation in Lisboa!

Quoting kurt (Thread starter):
This makes me a little bit sad: there used to be a beautiful model of a UA 747-400 hanging here (note the hooks). I wonder where it is now.

Smisek's office.

I will post a Facebook link if anyone is interested. That model needs to be in MY office!


User currently offlinekurt From United States of America, joined Oct 2001, 417 posts, RR: 0
Reply 12, posted (2 years 1 month 4 weeks ago) and read 12050 times:

Quoting burj (Reply 2):
Looking forward to the rest of the trip report!

Quoting kurt (Thread starter):
One caveat: I like aisle seats, so this report is light on photos of engines, slats and wings. And I like to eat, so there are a lot of photos of food. Just how I roll!

Ah yes...a man after my own heart!

Yes, I am a good eater as my Mother will tell you.


User currently offlinekurt From United States of America, joined Oct 2001, 417 posts, RR: 0
Reply 13, posted (2 years 1 month 4 weeks ago) and read 12048 times:

Quoting STT757 (Reply 3):
Quoting kurt (Thread starter):
This makes me a little bit sad: there used to be a beautiful model of a UA 747-400 hanging here (note the hooks). I wonder where it is now.

Getting repainted into the new colors?

That would not surprise me. Smisek loves his CO livery, I imagine.


User currently offlinekurt From United States of America, joined Oct 2001, 417 posts, RR: 0
Reply 14, posted (2 years 1 month 4 weeks ago) and read 12043 times:

Quoting FLIEGER67 (Reply 4):
Hey, Kurt,

pretty good to follow these appetizer to you´re long awaited line of stories for Portugal and around.
Well done, good work. Looking for more, you know.

Quoting kurt (Thread starter):

Your author at the multi-airline FIDS in Concourse B at DIA. It’s time to fly!

Great contrats and picture.

Greetings,
Markus(FLIEGER67)

Thanks, Markus. I am typing my little fingers off!


User currently offlinekurt From United States of America, joined Oct 2001, 417 posts, RR: 0
Reply 15, posted (2 years 1 month 4 weeks ago) and read 12040 times:

Quoting LH4116 (Reply 6):
Hey Kurt, nice to see the report up. Wasn't quite sure whether we'd get to see a report on your flights to Portugal, but was pleasantly surprised to see this up on the forum

UA seem to offer a rather standard domestic First product, seats look quite nice though, especially with the black leather. Aren't they the same as the old UA Intl Business Class?

The United Club however looked very abysmal in terms of offerings when compared to a European lounge, heck even the SAS Business Lounges appear better in comparison. The interior looked rather nice though.

Very much looking forward to the next parts. Will be interesting to see TAP, an airline I'll be flying in 2 weeks, although in Y

"Wheels Up!"
//Jonas

UA F is not bad; the leather is dark blue, actually. PMCO leather is REALLY dark blue and looks almost black. Not really a fan of the CO-style cabins. Way too dark.

United Club food is pretty meager, but that is sort of expected. But the drinks are free, so who cares about food. They sold paninis at the bar for a while, but that seems to have gone away. Hope you are enjoying the TAP flights I took.


User currently offlinekurt From United States of America, joined Oct 2001, 417 posts, RR: 0
Reply 16, posted (2 years 1 month 4 weeks ago) and read 12033 times:

Quoting adamspotter (Reply 7):
Hi there,
Nice report! Thanks for sharing. The food sure looks good!

Looking forward to your next parts

cheers,
Brendan // adamspotter

Thanks, Brendan. UA food is not bad; not spectacular, but pretty filling and tasty. The TAP food was really good!


User currently offlinekurt From United States of America, joined Oct 2001, 417 posts, RR: 0
Reply 17, posted (2 years 1 month 4 weeks ago) and read 12033 times:

Quoting lychemsa (Reply 10):
I loved Madeira. Where did you stay? I went in July and it was hot but the ocean water was cold.

I stayed at the Cliffs Bay and Reids.

No place that fancy; we stayed at a 3-star hotel called the Dorisol Florasol. Quite OK for the price, and we had a nice balcony with an ocean view where we drank our share of beer and Madeira. We did slum a bit at Reids, though. Really pretty gardens and old buildings. You can practically smell the old money oozing out!


User currently offlinekurt From United States of America, joined Oct 2001, 417 posts, RR: 0
Reply 18, posted (2 years 1 month 3 weeks 6 days 21 hours ago) and read 11879 times:

Here is that link:

Deixe-nos ir a Portugal

in case you are curious!

[Edited 2012-05-31 12:34:04]

[Edited 2012-05-31 12:35:36]

User currently onlinelychemsa From United States of America, joined Oct 2009, 1166 posts, RR: 3
Reply 19, posted (2 years 1 month 3 weeks 6 days 11 hours ago) and read 11518 times:

Kurt:

Reid's is over priced. Rooms are small. But the rock beach is nice. We only stayed there 2 nights.
The Cliffs was a much better deal and overall nicer with large rooms and beautiful views of the town.

Thanks for your great report.


User currently offlineroberts87 From Netherlands, joined Dec 2011, 965 posts, RR: 0
Reply 20, posted (2 years 1 month 3 weeks 5 days 20 hours ago) and read 11030 times:

Nice report! Definately looking forward to the next parts, as Madeira is high on my to visit list!

User currently offlinePlaneHunter From Germany, joined Mar 2006, 6714 posts, RR: 78
Reply 21, posted (2 years 1 month 3 weeks 5 days 9 hours ago) and read 10815 times:

Hi Kurt,

nice report with good pictures. The food on TP looks great - I'm glad I have just had breakfast!  

Btw, I recommend to post one finished report (or different parts separately) instead of adding differents parts to the original thread. It would make it easier for us to follow - and you would get replies which refer to the whole report.

Quoting kurt (Thread starter):
On the north side of concourse B were a couple of newly-painted PMUA Airbuses (N460UA and N827UA).

A319s and A320s still look weird in these colors...


PH



Nothing's worse than flying the same reg twice!
User currently offlinekurt From United States of America, joined Oct 2001, 417 posts, RR: 0
Reply 22, posted (2 years 1 month 3 weeks 5 days 1 hour ago) and read 10687 times:

Part 3: Lisbon-Funchal, April 23 (Monday)

After a smooth landing, we taxied to a remote stand (boo!), which was a bit annoying, but since we had plenty of time for our connection, it offered a chance to see a bit of the airport. We were about 40 minutes early.

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Our aircraft, CS-TOH, was named “Nuno Gonçalves,” after a 15th-Century Portuguese artist. All of TP’s aircraft are named for notable Portuguese.

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Two sets of stairs were used, so the aircraft emptied out quickly. It was a nice, mild morning, maybe 50 degrees and dry.

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Thanks for the ride, Nuno!

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The arrival board is like a Portuguese history lesson: Cape Verde, Senegal, Angola, Brazil are all heavily influenced by Portugal’s presence, and their immigrants are a major part of the population now. I love seeing the tail numbers listed; I remember seeing that at Melbourne as well.

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The immigration line was a bit long, but well-mannered. I was kind of zoned out and didn’t realize I wasn’t supposed to take photos: sssssh!

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Back in the departure area, it was a busy Monday morning. Lisbon is a nice size; big enough to be interesting but small enough to easily navigate.

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Just past security and a huge duty-free shop is this shopping area. We abstained this time, but on the way home we bought some port and other goodies.

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The TAP Premium Lounge is down this very long, space-age corridor with changing light effects. Just what a traveler wants to see at 6 a.m. After we got settled I had a nice shower (basic but clean and functional).

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Inside it’s a bit more conventional, with two levels and a large buffet area. No windows, though.

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These tarts and cakes are dangerous but delicious!

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A nice selection of wines, spirits and other drinks was on offer.

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I was not extremely hungry so I stuck to water, a cappuccino and a slice of marble cake.

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TAP dominated the roster of flights that Monday morning, but there are a few interesting oddballs in there. White Airways to Cancun, anyone? Looks like I missed my chance to fly on WI’s sole A310, CS-TKI, which was just retired.

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About 7:30 we headed for the gate (22; no more buses this morning). Unfortunately, the windows were not very photo-friendly. Our A320 to Funchal, CS-TNL, looked spiffy, however.

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Let’s go to Madeira! Quite a bit of code-sharing on this flight.

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Poor CS-TNL is caught in a cage and wants to fly away.

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It was a great-looking morning in Lisbon.

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The TAP livery is one of my favorites.

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Boarding was announced, but they weren’t quite ready onboard, so we cooled our heels for about five minutes in the jetway.

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TP1609 LIS-FNC
A320-200, CS-TNL
8:10 a.m. (gate 22) – 9:55 a.m. (gate 6)
2A, 2C (Business Class)
Breakfast


Onboard, the cabin looked pretty good; a 2x3 arrangement with four rows of two and two rows of three for a total of 14 seats. Water, coffee and juice were offered by the friendly crew, who had a nice “Bom dia” for each passenger. We pushed back at about 8:15 and were soon taxiing. I snagged the window seat so I had a chance to see some unusual aircraft, like this euroAtlantic 777-200, CS-TFM.

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And this Orbest Orizonia A330-300, EC-LEQ

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You don’t see these in the U.S. very often: CS-TKN, a Sata A310, ready for a trip to the Azores. Sorry for the poor quality; the morning light was harsh and coming from the wrong direction. But it’s an A310!

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And CS-TKI, that White Airways A310, Cancun-bound this morning.

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Soon we were taking off toward the northeast; we then did a 180 and headed out over the Atlantic to Madeira.

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The Vasco da Gama bridge (10.7 miles); we drove over it a few days later on our way to the Alentejo.

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I would love to return to Portugal and spend some time exploring the coast.

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These TAP employees traveling to FNC did nothing but eat, sleep and gossip all the way to Funchal!

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About 20 minutes after takeoff, breakfast was served. Simple (no hot food), but great-quality and delicious.

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A selection of cold meats and cheese, served with a berry sauce for dipping.

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A bread roll and a sweet pastry (with butter) were both fresh and soft.

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Pineapple and oranges; a container of Greek yogurt was also served, along with coffee and water.

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It’s 600 miles southwest to Madeira.

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It was a pretty morning for flying; the clouds and ocean were putting on a nice show for me (maybe to say “c’mon Kurt, why don’t you sit in the window seat on EVERY flight?”).

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A bit more unsettled here; would the weather be nasty the whole week (“no” was the answer; it was really nice for the most part).

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Land ho! This is the eastern tip of Madeira, called Ponta do Castela.

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Deserta Grande and Bugio islands, to the southeast, are not inhabited.

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I’d hoped for an interesting approach/landing, and got one. We came in toward the southwest, along the southern coast of Madeira (bridges and tunnels are everywhere to accommodate the steep terrain), then made a hard right turn and landed to the east.

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The approach was pretty quick; it was a little bit bumpy, but the crew was skilled and we touched down firmly but not hard.

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Just a glimpse of the well-known runway and taxiways at Funchal, built partly on piers.

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Our A320, looking splendid in the morning sun. No jetways in Funchal, but it’s only a 100-foot walk to the terminal. We arrived about 15 minutes early.

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Thanks for the ride, Vitorino. Why, who is that, you say. “Vitorino Nemésio Mendes Pinheiro da Silva was a poet, author and intellectual from Terceira, Azores, best known for his romance “Mau Tempo No Canal.’” Now we both know!

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The annual flower festival had just ended, as evidenced by this display.

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Lots of flights from the UK and northern Europe; Madeira is NOT Ibiza (nor does it try to be)!

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FNC is built on a sort of terrace over the ocean; it’s really quite an impressive bit of engineering.

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See you in a few days, FNC.

That’s Part 3; next: lots of Funchal spotting and our return flight to Lisbon.

[Edited 2012-06-02 09:16:53]

User currently onlinelychemsa From United States of America, joined Oct 2009, 1166 posts, RR: 3
Reply 23, posted (2 years 1 month 3 weeks 4 days 22 hours ago) and read 10536 times:

On TAP Y we got a turkey sandwich on hard semi stale bread (better on some flights) and a custard tart.

Thanks for the link to the pictures. I noticed you went to Fatima.

Was it easy to drive around? I can only drive automatic which is a problem when renting cars in Europe.


User currently offlinekurt From United States of America, joined Oct 2001, 417 posts, RR: 0
Reply 24, posted (2 years 1 month 3 weeks 4 days 22 hours ago) and read 10503 times:

Quoting lychemsa (Reply 19):
Kurt:

Reid's is over priced. Rooms are small. But the rock beach is nice. We only stayed there 2 nights.
The Cliffs was a much better deal and overall nicer with large rooms and beautiful views of the town.

Thanks for your great report.


Cliffs Bay looked very nice from what I saw. I wanted to swim in the sea but it looked kind of scary with the waves coming in and out!


25 kurt : Thanks; I would recommend it. FNC has some great spotting opportunities. Part 4 will have those!
26 kurt : Thanks; the TP food was pretty good. I probably should do the whole report at once, but I just get too bogged down in code to do it that way. I lose
27 kurt : Fatima was very interesting; I'm Catholic so maybe I was more open to the mystical/faith-based parts, but most people would enjoy it for various reas
28 ukflyer : Great report, looking forward to seeing rest of photos. Hope you enjoyedMadeira, will be there again in 5 weeks time albeit via Thomson airways andnot
29 LazialeMKD : Excellent trip report, enjoyed reading. Thanks for sharing
30 HELyes : Thanks for the excellent TR! All the food pictures made me hungry, especially the offerings on TAP looked great. In Lisbon I thought Portuguese food i
31 Post contains links and images kurt : Part 4: Funchal-Lisbon, April 26 (Thursday) After a few days in Madeira, it was time to head back to the mainland. We took the “Aerobus,” which wa
32 Post contains images fxramper : Great pics, a little too many of planes and not many of Portugal but I like nonetheless. Translates to ATC delay at EWR. Think it goes to BOM/DEL via
33 dkdaviator : hi, Nice report there on your journey to Portugal. It is good to get a look at how things are on TAP. And from your report it looks like they are pret
34 Post contains images 767747 : Really nice reports so far! You do not hear too much about TAP in this forum, so it was great to read about your experience with TAP's "Top Executive"
35 Post contains links and images kurt : Part 5: Lisbon-Newark, May 2 (Wednesday) After nearly a week in Lisbon, Èvora and Fátima, it was time to come home. We got up very early, headed dow
36 kurt : Thanks, fx. Reply 18 has a link to the "other" photos from our trip. No ATC delays in EWR either way. The only delay we had was in FNC due to ATC str
37 kurt : Thanks, dkd! I liked all the food! Only EWR-DEN was a bit "meh," as you will soon see.
38 kurt : Yes, Matthew, Terminal B is a D U M P! But Terminal C is quite nice. UA F is OK by me; some of the Mexico flights are flown with CO equipment now, bu
39 lychemsa : I used to fly a lot on TWA 707s in F in the 1970s. I can assure you that the seats were nothing like today and there were no video screnes. As to CO n
40 kurt : lychemsa: You're welcome! I know the seats were bad back then, but I always picture the service to be nicer, with more elaborate presentations of thi
41 lychemsa : On TWA F which they called Ambassador Service, they would offer a Roast that would be cut at your seat. The starters would all be on a trolley and I w
42 Post contains links and images kurt : Part 6: Newark-Denver, May 2 (Wednesday) After traversing security/baggage claim/customs, it was back on the train back to Terminal C. We went straigh
43 lychemsa : Fantastic. Thanks again for your time writing these reports.
44 kurt : Wow, that sounds cool. I would love to have seen the upstairs lounge. And Pan Am used to have a dining room up there. And the helicopter to/from the
45 Post contains images fxramper : I'll try and keep this to the point but I can see you experienced the inconsistent new United hub to hub flying. Never know what frame, ife, PMUA or P
46 The777Man : Hi Kurt ! Nice report ! TAP looks very nice but the screen is really small which is weird when they have all that space. UA on the return looks very f
47 Pacifique75 : HI Kurt, thanks for posting this TR. It is always very interesting to hear about people's impressions on TAP... really glad to see a positive account
48 roberts87 : Great continuation! And a nice comparison between UA/CO and TP's C class. And like I said before, FNC is definately on my to visit list!
49 kurt : fx: UA/CO seem to be getting more integrated bit by bit. Since there is no cross-fleeting going on yet, I pretty much know what to expect based on th
50 kurt : 777Man: Thanks for your nice comments; I was unsure about the CO 757-200 but liked it quite a lot. Maybe not so much if I was looking for an upgrade
51 kurt : Pacifique: Thank you for your nice comments. I liked TP; it had a lot of personality and the food was really nice. It's a good option for Star Allian
52 kurt : roberts: Definitely go to FNC if you can. It was a charming place and I would like to return. Just don't expect a lot of nightlife, because there isn
53 Post contains links and images kurt : A few extras: The TP amenity kit: socks, eyeshades, earplugs, a pen, a shoehorn, lotion and a toothbrush/toothpaste. All branded in some sort of "gree
54 Post contains links MSS658 : Hi Kurt Nice trip report, thanks for sharing. Good too notice you where on CO's 15th B-day in Lisbon. TP seems nice as well. I flew CS-TQD as well bet
55 Avianca : what a great report! really nice, I am looking right now if I should fly next year in Feb or March to the Azores, using the direct TP flight from CCS
56 kurt : Thanks for your kind words. Was it YOU who broke that overhead light on CS-TQD?!? I would like to go to the Azores, too. I was surprised how many A31
57 kurt : Thanks; I saw that route listed in the TP magazine and was kind of intrigued. I wonder why TP doesn't fly to Asia (Macau and Goa both have big Portug
58 iahworldflyer : Great report Kurt, enjoyed seeing all the photos. Will be travelng to LIS for the first time later this summer, though flying AF. This has me excited
59 Carfield : Thanks Kurt for a superb trip report! TAP seems a bit strange on their meal offering in the intra-European flights (cold breakfast outbound and hot lu
60 kurt : iah: Thanks; I think you will like Lisbon; I would have liked to have stayed longer and seen more.
61 kurt : Thanks, Carfield! I liked your cruise photos a lot. The food looked amazing. I'm glad we got to try "old" CO-style BusinessFirst before they cut it b
62 Pacifique75 : I agree some of our catering offerings on certain routes may not be adequate, however on this case LIS/FNC a continental breakfast is the "norm" and
63 tommy767 : Fantastic report! TAP looks awesome I had no idea the J cabin looked that good. UA on the other hand doesn't look nearly as impressive. What did you l
64 kurt : This is probably true. In the U.S. we like bacon and eggs, and "Full English" is famous. I am fine with a continental breakfast, if the quality is hi
65 kurt : Thanks; I'm so used to PMUA (having flown 100K out of Denver for almost 12 years) that it is like an old pair of slippers, just familiar and comforta
66 tommy767 : Yeah my thoughts exactly on flying the 757 with United. I should correct myself -- your BF flight on LIS-EWR looked awesome. The domestic segments lo
67 STT757 : Excellent trip report, have to add Portugal to my must visit list. I also enjoy the Directv offerings, lots of options.[Edited 2012-06-12 08:36:34]
68 kurt : Yes, the PMCO 757s are really very nice. The small cabin (16 seats) in C makes for a nice, personalized service.
69 kurt : Thanks; I would recommend Portugal; it was a fun place to visit and quite reasonably priced compared to places like England and Germany. DirecTV is g
70 Post contains images akhmad : Bom Dia Kurt, Finally I get around reading this excellent report of yours. After seeing the pictures on facebook, now I got to know more of the story
71 kurt : Thank you for your kind comments, Suryo! Regarding Eugénio de Andrade, the famous poet, I got an anthology of his work, called "Forbidden Words," fr
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