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Taking TAP To Portugal: LGW-OPO-LIS-LHR Feb. 2013  
User currently offlinejwhite9185 From United Kingdom, joined May 2007, 1303 posts, RR: 4
Posted (1 year 6 months 2 weeks 6 hours ago) and read 10794 times:





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After my final trip of 2012 on the final day of 2012, I was fully expecting to be having a bit of time off from flying, until the end of March. This was mainly due to my passport being renewed. This plan lasted until the 4th January! I’d noticed I’d never logged any flights in February before so I figured if I got a move on and sent my passport off a.s.a.p. I should have it back well before the end of February. Of course, getting back in the air a month earlier than anticipated was the most appealing factor. The only problem came when deciding on somewhere to go. My first port of call was to BA.com, where they had a January sale on. Having been on quite a few BA flights in the months leading up to this trip, and quite a few to come I wasn’t too enthusiastic about flying with them again. Next up was LH. Once again, no destinations really jumped out at me and I also had the same problem as BA – I had flown LH enough in 2012 to satisfy my curiosity. Being well into winter, I thought the best plan of action was to head South. Barcelona? Maybe. Malaga? Been there. Marrakech? Hmm maybe. Then for some unknown reason Porto popped into my head. I did a bit of research online and it looked like a very picturesque city. Decision made. There were two options to get me there. LH or TP. As I previously mentioned, I’d got my fare share of LH in 2012 so TP it was. Direct flights on the TAP website would set me back around £140. Or there was an option to return to LHR via LIS for £170. Of course, for any a.netter £30 more for an extra sector is a no brainer so this was the option I selected.

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The booking process was a bit of a pain. First off it needed my passport number. Well OK, but I won’t be travelling on this passport… But I’ll take it with me just in case. Then there was an option where it said it needed at least one phone number. I put in the one requested number but it decided it then needed four – yes FOUR! I don’t have four phone numbers. I put in my mobile number for my home, business, mobile and evening, but it still didn’t like that for some reason. I then added +44 rather then 0044 and decided that if this didn’t work, then they had lost my business and I’d head off to Malta instead. Luckily for them, this all went through and shortly after my e-ticket receipt turned up. Probably the hardest booking process I’ve had. Not impossible though, just more of a pain than all of the other flights I’ve booked which didn’t need quite so much info in advance.

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Luckily by the end of January, my new passport arrived so I was all set for the next ten years.

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Unusually, but helpfully for me at least TAP open their online check in 48 hours prior to departure, so on the Thursday, just as my lunch break was finishing I checked in using my iPad and secured seq.1. I was initially allocated seat 22F, however being a little unfamiliar with the TAP fleet I moved forward a couple of rows, just incase it turned out there were no windows in the final rows, like on the Brussels Airlines examples. This was painless and my boarding pass was issued.

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A similar process followed for the return pair of flights on the Friday afternoon. Despite going online a good few hours after check in opened there were still quite a few seats around, and on the return sector between LIS and LHR, the first row behind business was still free, so I grabbed that one so the middle seat would remain free. Luckily there were a few seats free as they system allocated me middle seats on both sectors, which probably wouldn’t have been too much fun.

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As my flight wasn't due to depart until 13:00, it was a relaxed start at around 09:30. After the shambles at Clapham Junction on my previous journey down to Gatwick I decided to go via Guildford this time. I was actually quite surprised at how empty the train was between Woking and Guildford - although I guess the freezing temperatures helped that slightly.



It was then across the countryside to Gatwick



I arrived at the South terminal at 10:50 and made my way over to the TAP check in area to grab my souvenir boarding passes. There was no queue, and the total time was about 2 minutes. I mentioned the different passport number to the one in the booking, and it was changed with no problems.

Seems zones D&E host the most interesting visitors





Then it was through security and off to the bridge bar (which is my favorite place in the South terminal) to grab a bite to eat. This was the first time I'd visited the South terminal since the new duty free area had opened.


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You’d struggle to miss this one!

New duty free area



Once at the (busy) bridge bar I headed for my favorite spot - and was a little disappointed that due to some building works, the view wasn't quite as good as I'd remembered. There didn't appear to be much going on outside either.


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At least the food was a bit better than on my previous visit!



During this time, I managed to track my incoming aircraft. CS-TTN would be my chariot today, manufactured and delivered to TAP in 1999.

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At around 12:00, I left and had a brief wonder around the building site that is now the South terminal.



The gate for my flight was called at 12:15 and I made my way down to gate 21. This was probably the first time I had experienced a gate being announced at the time the FID’s said it would be at Gatwick!


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Upon arrival, it was confirmed that 'TTN would be operating this sector. There were also a couple of others around that I couldn't see from the bar.


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Good to see a bit of colour amongst all the euro-white!


G-VXLG operating the VS015 to MCO – a flight I’ve taken many times




TP331
LGW-OPO
23rd February 2013
A319-111 / CS-TTN Camilo Castelo Branco
Seat: 20F / Economy
Scheduled: 13:00/15:15
Off Stand: 13:06
On Stand: 15:17


Boarding was called at 12:45. First of all status members and passengers in business were called, but after about thirty seconds of nobody coming forward rows 15-22 were called. For the first time ever there wasn’t a mass stampede towards the door – in fact nobody seemed to want to go first, so I led the way and I made my way down the jet bridge, catching the crew out on my arrival on to the aircraft as they were all sat in the business section chatting - clearly they weren't expecting me!

Empty cabin with one of the crew rushing to her post.


Pretty comfortable seating actually


On first impressions I thought the legroom was a bit tight, but it was actually fine for this sector.


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Boarding was completed pretty quickly, although there was a bit of a wait to push back. The flight crew made no announcements, however the cabin crew kept everybody well informed and announced a flight time of an hour and fifty minutes.

The seating was the older thicker type, so pretty comfortable. Although the seat pitch wasn't as generous as the likes of LH, it was sufficient for the couple of hours ahead.

Once we did push back, we made a pretty enthusiastic taxi down to my standard 08R, held for a minute or three for a landing EasyJet, and then we were up into some bumpy sky.


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  Takeoff from LGW

Once we had broken through the clouds however it was a smooth flight towards the South.



Shortly after takeoff, I was somewhat surprised to see a full entertainment show start - although a little pointless if you ask me as not only were there no headsets, but nowhere to plug them in either.


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Around 30 minutes after takeoff the service began.



The chicken roll went straight into my bag, as after the big sandwich I had earlier, I wasn't really feeling that hungry! Unfortunately for my seat mate, the chicken roll was the only option, and he was a vegetarian so kinda out of luck. Poor planning there from TAP.

The rest of my time onboard was spent listening to some music and watching the world go by - couldn't think of a better way to spend a Saturday afternoon.


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Cabin Overview


These seats have seen better days


Descent into Porto started at 14:52 and a few moments later we heard from the captain for the first time. He said that we should be landing into Porto at 15:15 and that the skies were clear and the weather was good.


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Landing was made just after 15:15, and once again an enthusiastic taxi was made over to the terminal.

  Landing into Porto


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As I deboarded, I grabbed a souvenir. They had postcards on all three of my flights, but forgot to pick the A320 versions up!


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Then it was through the modern terminal to passport control.


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Once there, I asked for a stamp in my new passport, and the officer replied that he's not supposed to stamp European passports, but as I asked so nicely...



As soon as I exited customs, I was handed a map of the city - very handy!



It was then out to the metro. Annoyingly, I just missed one and there was a 30 minute wait until the next... Well at least it was sunny although not overly warm.


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Once I made it into town, I went for a bit of a wonder taking a few pictures along the way.


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As I was nearby my hotel (Hotel Carris, Porto Ribiera) I decided to check in. I wanted to get a picture of the outside of the building as it looked quite historic – I’m led to believe it was a wine cellar in a previous life - however due to roadwork’s it made it a bit difficult.


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Decent view too.


After an hour or so, I decided to head out again.


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I basically covered the same route as I had earlier, but instead of walking up quite a few steps in the dark I paid the €1.80 to take the funicular.


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User currently offlinejwhite9185 From United Kingdom, joined May 2007, 1303 posts, RR: 4
Reply 1, posted (1 year 6 months 2 weeks 6 hours ago) and read 10837 times:

The following morning, I checked out of the hotel at around 8am to make my way back to the airport.


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After a chilly walk to the station and a half hour or so metro ride, I arrived at the modern looking terminal. As I already had my full set of boarding passes, I could skip the check in desks.


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TAP newsstand – good idea!


Gate 34 today


After a brief wonder, I headed through security. From the outside it looked pretty busy, but this was mainly people blocking the entrance by saying their goodbyes etc. Although it wasn't that busy, it still took a while as pretty much every person set of the metal detector.

Once through, I went to see what there was airside and grabbed a bite to eat.


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Following this I sat near to gate 34 in one of the chairs that seem to be popping up at most airports these days and enjoyed the view.


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Not much happened until a TAP A320 landed at 10:35. As the aircraft I was scheduled to go on wasn't on stand yet, I figured that either the expected A319 had been substituted or my flight could potentially be delayed.

My unexpected ride heading in.


As it turned out my flight had been upgraded to the A320.

A pretty quick turnaround followed and boarding started at 11:00 although due to being at the back of a longish queue, I didn't get onboard until 11:10. The flight seemed pretty full, which surprised me - I guess that explains the reason for the upgrade in aircraft. Interestingly there were a couple of crew members on this flight that were on my outbound sector from Gatwick yesterday. There also seemed quite a few crew members hitching a lift down to Lisbon also. I later noticed that one of them was reading a load sheet for an A330 on an iPad, so guessing they were due to operate a later flight from LIS.. Despite the reasonable load, the middle seat remained free.


TP1963
OPO-LIS
24th February 2013
A320-200 / CS-TNK Teofilo Braga
Seat: 15A / Economy
Scheduled: 11:10/12:05
Off Stand: 11:24
On Stand: 12:09


Similar legroom to yesterday




Pushback was at 11:24, and we made the brief taxi over to the runway, departing at 11:30. During the taxi the captain announced the short flying time of 35 minutes.

  Departure from Porto


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Not an awful lot can be said about a flight of this length, other than TAP's seat recline is possibly a little too generous. There wasn’t any service on this flight – in fact the cabin crew were nowhere to be seen for the duration.


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The captain once again came on the PA mentioning we were cruising at 19,000 ft. at 390 knots, and saying that we were due to arrive in Lisbon at 4 minutes past the hour. The routing was pretty much straight down the coast.


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Descent started soon after and the views were pretty good. Once again, we took a routing that saw us overfly the airport before making a 180 degree turn on to finals.

[b]  Landing in Lisbon


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After arrival, I went to explore what the airport had to offer. Not a huge amount in the way of shops or eateries, but plenty of windows to see what was going on. It was a little confusing with the transfer signs – did I follow these or head to gate 41 in the other direction? As it turned out, the transfer signs were just for a transfer desk.


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After grabbing a bite to eat, I headed down to gate 41 where my next flight was scheduled to depart from, along with seeing what else was going on.

First time I'd seen one of these in the flesh



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Not seen a Harrods outside the UK before. There is also a Harrods Café - unsurprisingly it was very expensive!



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My previous jet heading off to BRU.


I then planted myself at a window next to where my next aircraft was due to arrive and watched the proceedings.


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TTN once more.


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There seemed to be quite a few TP A320's arriving although none were headed for gate 41. At 14:10 I decided to head through passport control, as it was looking a little busy. Despite the fact that not much was happening at gate 41, I just don't like being late! Although the late feeling is what I ended up with. As a cleared passport control, I made my way to gate 41 to find it pretty empty, with final call posted on the screens... Oops. Luckily I headed down the stairs and on to a waiting bus. That would explain the lack of aircraft on stand then.


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The bus made its way around to the maintenance area where CS-TNH was waiting. I was then shown the international sign for no photographs allowed, as can be witnessed below. I made the international sign for, ‘yeah I hear ya, let me finish taking this picture’ back and we both carried on our way.




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User currently offlinejwhite9185 From United Kingdom, joined May 2007, 1303 posts, RR: 4
Reply 2, posted (1 year 6 months 2 weeks 6 hours ago) and read 10844 times:


TP356
LIS-LHR
24th February 2013
A320-200/ CS-TNH Almada Negreiros
Seat: 5A / Economy
Scheduled: 14:40/17:30
Off Stand: 14:46
On Stand: 17:41



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Once onboard, the crew announced a flight time of two hours and thirty minutes. The flight seemed pretty full, so I was glad I was able to grab 5A as I wouldn't have a seatmate, although there was somebody in the aisle seat. We pushed back and made our way out to the runway, departing at 15:00. During startup there was quite a strong smell of oil throughout the cabin, but this quickly disappeared. So I’m assuming with both this and the fact we were outside the TAP hangar, this jet had just come out of maintenance and was performing its first flight since.

  Takeoff from Lisbon


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Passing the TP heavies


I swear ‘TTN is following me this weekend…



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Shortly after departure the screens were lowered and played something a lot more useful today.



Around 30 minutes after takeoff, the service began - today's meal was ham and cheese and what can only be described as a liquidized pear. Tasted ok to me though.



Following that, I put my iPod on for the next hour or so and watched the world passing beneath. I might have even fallen asleep for a few minutes. Interesting to note that this was one of those flights where the seatbelt sign stayed on for the duration. I wonder why the flight crew feels the need to do this?


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At just after ten to five local time the engines spooled back. This seemed a little early unless we had made up some time enroute.



Soon enough the captain was on, saying that if we didn't have to hold we would be landing at 17:35. After making a few turns it became obvious that we were in a hold. I was expecting the crew to make a final check of the cabin, but they were nowhere to be seen - hence why I managed to capture the final 15 minutes of the flight uninterrupted on video.

  Landing at LHR


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After leaving quite a good looking sunset, it was into the gloom of a typical British winters evening.


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Landing was at just past 17:35 on to a dark and murky runway 09L, although no reverse thrust was used which is pretty rare. It was then just a couple of turns until we pulled on to stand 21, in between an LH 735 and an LH A320.


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Disembarking was pretty quick due to being seated near the front, and it was then through the corridors of T1.



I got to use my e-passport for the second time today, and by 18:01 I was at the central bus station, just in time to miss the 18:00 departure. Oh well. I grabbed a coffee and hung around the half hour until the next one - not that I really had much option.


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And so brings trip number one of 2013 to an end. I thought TAP were pretty good, although I can't award full marks due to the condition of their cabins. Granted, the planes I went on were getting on a bit, but the BA examples are of a similar age and are in much better condition. And the LH 737's are much older, yet are spotless. Maybe it's time the TP birds went for a refit. Luckily the onboard service made up for that - the meal options on the two longer sectors beat any European economy meals I've had so far, barring LOT.

I was expecting a bit more of Porto to be honest. Maybe I just didn't go to the right parts, but researching the destination back in January showed some pretty good pics from the Ribiera part if the city. In reality, head a few hundred meters away from the river and it seems a little run down, although the roadwork’s covering most if the area probably didn't help the image much.

As usual, I look forward to reading your comments!


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User currently offlineCaptainRed From Germany, joined Oct 2010, 684 posts, RR: 20
Reply 3, posted (1 year 6 months 2 weeks 5 hours ago) and read 10599 times:

Hi James,

excellent report here, with some very nice pictures. It covers a lot of familiar ground for me, having also been to OPO and LIS not that long ago and having done some TAP flights recently as well.

Quoting jwhite9185 (Thread starter):
There didn't appear to be much going on outside either.

But still you managed to catch a few interesting birds. It seems to me that LGW sees quite a few interesting and exotic carriers. I especially liked the Vietnam 777, as a flight on one of these is coming up for me later this year if all goes well.

Quoting jwhite9185 (Thread starter):
For the first time ever there wasn’t a mass stampede towards the door – in fact nobody seemed to want to go first

That's indeed quite unusual. Quite the opposite from what I have experienced on TAP flights   ...

Quoting jwhite9185 (Thread starter):
although a little pointless if you ask me as not only were there no headsets, but nowhere to plug them in either.

Exactly my point. Don't really understand this, they should just put the airshow on.

Quoting jwhite9185 (Thread starter):
The following morning, I checked out of the hotel at around 8am to make my way back to the airport.

Wow, you managed to catch quite a nice picture there with the morning fog and the sunrise over the bridge, well done. All in all Porto seems to be an interesting city, true it feels a bit rundown at some corners, but overall a good atmosphere with interesting buildings and some great views. I only had about 2 hours on my visit there and I really want to go back someday with some more time.

Quoting jwhite9185 (Thread starter):
Around 30 minutes after takeoff, the service began - today's meal was ham and cheese and what can only be described as a liquidized pear.

That looks much better than the poor sandwich I got on my flight to FRA with them last year.

Thanks a lot for this enjoyable Sunday morning read
CaptainRed


User currently offlineRogerbcn From Andorra, joined Sep 2006, 1209 posts, RR: 20
Reply 4, posted (1 year 6 months 2 weeks 5 hours ago) and read 10583 times:

Hola James!

Nice TR, it is always interesting to see what is going on at the other side of the Iberian peninsula.  

Your pictures are really great, crisp and fresh, very nice both flights and Porto itself.

TAP seems to deliver an above average service for European standards, they seem to do pretty well. I like their livery, it is very nice and simple. A nice airline I have yet to try.

Porto seems a great city, I have only been to Lisbon and other Portuguese towns but never to Porto. The airport is certainly worth visiting, it looks really modern; compared to Lisbon is a huge improvement to the country.

Glad you have a new passport, and I am sure you will make good use of it; just waiting for your coming flights.

Salut!

Roger



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User currently offlinelychemsa From United States of America, joined Oct 2009, 1202 posts, RR: 3
Reply 5, posted (1 year 6 months 2 weeks 3 hours ago) and read 10365 times:

I like Porto Airport. Not crowded and modern.

I have a US passport and I get stamps in every European country. It's a pain in the neck. I watch the EU citizens breeze through in envy while the non EU lines are longer and we are subjected to many detailed questions. Because of all the stamps I will need to get a new passport before the 10 year period is over.

I remember Gatwick in the 1960s. Unbelievable how it grew.


User currently offlinejwhite9185 From United Kingdom, joined May 2007, 1303 posts, RR: 4
Reply 6, posted (1 year 6 months 2 weeks 1 hour ago) and read 10194 times:

Marco,

Quoting CaptainRed (Reply 3):
excellent report here, with some very nice pictures.

Thank you,

Quoting CaptainRed (Reply 3):
It covers a lot of familiar ground for me, having also been to OPO and LIS not that long ago and having done some TAP flights recently as well.

I remember reading about them.

Quoting CaptainRed (Reply 3):
But still you managed to catch a few interesting birds. It seems to me that LGW sees quite a few interesting and exotic carriers.

Since all the US carriers moved out a few years back, the management seem to want to attract all the carriers that either haven't considered LHR, cant get slots or cant afford it. Unfortunately most of these new carriers don't seem to last all that long, so I'm assuming they get some sort of introductory rate. Wouldn't be surprised to see Vietnam to go the same way as Air Berlin, Korean Air, Hong Kong Airlines etc.

Quoting CaptainRed (Reply 3):
Don't really understand this, they should just put the airshow on.

Exactly. On the OPO-LIS sector, they did a similar thing but played the sound over the main PA. First time I had experienced that.

Quoting CaptainRed (Reply 3):
I only had about 2 hours on my visit there and I really want to go back someday with some more time.

I didn't have a great deal of time there - seemed like there was quite a bit on the outskirts of the city.

Quoting CaptainRed (Reply 3):
That looks much better than the poor sandwich I got on my flight to FRA with them last year.

The catering was pretty good actually - better than the likes of BA/LH

Quoting CaptainRed (Reply 3):
Thanks a lot for this enjoyable Sunday morning read

No problem!

Roger,

Quoting Rogerbcn (Reply 4):
Nice TR, it is always interesting to see what is going on at the other side of the Iberian peninsula.  

Thanks,

Quoting Rogerbcn (Reply 4):
Your pictures are really great, crisp and fresh, very nice both flights and Porto itself.

Once again, thanks.

Quoting Rogerbcn (Reply 4):
TAP seems to deliver an above average service for European standards, they seem to do pretty well. I like their livery, it is very nice and simple. A nice airline I have yet to try.

They weren't too bad service wise - from the ground staff to the flight crew, but as I mentioned their fleet really could do with a cabin refresh - Maybe just seat covers would do, as it seems like they haven't been given much attention since the aircraft were delivered.

Quoting Rogerbcn (Reply 4):
The airport is certainly worth visiting, it looks really modern; compared to Lisbon is a huge improvement to the country.

OPO was definitely better than LIS I found. LIS seemed a little cramped and crowded - which is understandable I guess.

Quoting Rogerbcn (Reply 4):
Glad you have a new passport, and I am sure you will make good use of it; just waiting for your coming flights.

I'll have more countries in the new passport between now and September than the old one did in the previous 10 years! And I'm looking forward to sharing the experiences.

lychemsa,

Quoting lychemsa (Reply 5):
Not crowded and modern.

Much like LTN about 20 years ago before U2 and FR moved in!

Quoting lychemsa (Reply 5):
Because of all the stamps I will need to get a new passport before the 10 year period is over.

I did consider that, but the advantage I have is that if my passport starts to look a little full, I can just stop asking for stamps!



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User currently offlinegabrielchew From United Kingdom, joined Aug 2005, 3270 posts, RR: 12
Reply 7, posted (1 year 6 months 2 weeks ago) and read 10043 times:

Nice report James!

Quoting jwhite9185 (Thread starter):
Then for some unknown reason Porto popped into my head.

Looks like you had a nice quock trip to Oporto. I went when I was around 15....would love to go back.

Quoting jwhite9185 (Thread starter):
Empty cabin with one of the crew rushing to her post.

Those seats look very old and clumpy

Quoting jwhite9185 (Thread starter):
There wasn’t any service on this flight – in fact the cabin crew were nowhere to be seen for the duration.

Nothing at all? Cateing doesn't seem to be TPs strong point (although I quite liked their C class meal on CMN-LIS).



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User currently offlinejwhite9185 From United Kingdom, joined May 2007, 1303 posts, RR: 4
Reply 8, posted (1 year 6 months 1 week 6 days 23 hours ago) and read 9909 times:

Gabriel,

Quoting gabrielchew (Reply 7):
Nice report James!

Cheers!

Quoting gabrielchew (Reply 7):
Looks like you had a nice quock trip to Oporto. I went when I was around 15....would love to go back.

Yeah it was pretty good - and quick was the key word! Seems like there was a fare bit around the area.

Quoting gabrielchew (Reply 7):
Those seats look very old and clumpy

They were, but they were more comfortable than the slimline ones on the likes of LH/SN

Quoting gabrielchew (Reply 7):
Nothing at all? Cateing doesn't seem to be TPs strong point

Nope - not even a drinks run. Although as mentioned, the service on the flights to/from London wasn't too bad.



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User currently offlineroberts87 From Netherlands, joined Dec 2011, 987 posts, RR: 0
Reply 9, posted (1 year 6 months 1 week 6 days 21 hours ago) and read 9649 times:

Hi James,

Great detailed report as always. Looks TP offers a decent service on these flights. Porto seemed great too, and is high on my to visit list as well.
Thanks for sharing!

Robert


User currently offlinemoby147 From UK - England, joined Mar 2013, 50 posts, RR: 0
Reply 10, posted (1 year 6 months 1 week 6 days 2 hours ago) and read 8669 times:

J White,


Thanks for taking the time to write up your trip report,


it was very detailed with superb photos & looked like a good weekend.

Which flight tracker app do you use??

Regards

Moby147


User currently offlinesultanils From Belgium, joined Mar 2010, 1718 posts, RR: 30
Reply 11, posted (1 year 6 months 1 week 6 days ago) and read 8588 times:
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Hello J,

A nice read for sure and a good illustration of TAP and their service. I'd day it's the more Southern Euro style, a bit more flair and some nonchalance thrown in. Despite that, no reason to not fly TAP again. I've been to Porto as well some years ago and found it to be a rather drab city, totally worn down in the non-touristy parts and a lot a scrum on the streets.

Btw, loved your title pic, too bad the reg of the first plane is CS-TOP and not CS-TAP  

Quoting jwhite9185 (Thread starter):
I put in the one requested number but it decided it then needed four – yes FOUR!

I nearly can't believe that 

Quoting jwhite9185 (Thread starter):
Good to see a bit of colour amongst all the euro-white!

I hear you. Those Russians in general sure know how to paint a plane (ugly). Look at other like Donbassaero and stuff, revolting schemes imo.

Quoting jwhite9185 (Thread starter):
so I led the way

So you were the α-male that day   

Quoting jwhite9185 (Thread starter):
These seats have seen better days

Could be but you know that leather gets better the more it is used and abused lol!

Quoting jwhite9185 (Thread starter):
other than TAP's seat recline is possibly a little too generous.

Would be not so pleasant on longhaul. Well, pleasant and not pleasant...

Quoting jwhite9185 (Thread starter):
and what can only be described as a liquidized pear.

Smoothie time!

Sultanils



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User currently offlinejwhite9185 From United Kingdom, joined May 2007, 1303 posts, RR: 4
Reply 12, posted (1 year 6 months 1 week 5 days 20 hours ago) and read 8465 times:

Robert,

Quoting roberts87 (Reply 9):
Great detailed report as always.

Thanks,

Quoting roberts87 (Reply 9):
Looks TP offers a decent service on these flights.

They were pretty good actually.

Quoting roberts87 (Reply 9):
Porto seemed great too, and is high on my to visit list as well.

It was ok, but maybe not quite as good as I was expecting. Still say its worth a visit though.

moby147,

Quoting moby147 (Reply 10):
Thanks for taking the time to write up your trip report,

No problem

Quoting moby147 (Reply 10):
it was very detailed with superb photos & looked like a good weekend.

Yeah good to get away - would have been better if it was a little warmer though.

Quoting moby147 (Reply 10):
Which flight tracker app do you use??

This was the flightradar24 app for the iPad.

Nils,

Quoting sultanils (Reply 11):
no reason to not fly TAP again.

I wouldn't be against it.

Quoting sultanils (Reply 11):
I've been to Porto as well some years ago and found it to be a rather drab city, totally worn down in the non-touristy parts and a lot a scrum on the streets.

Most of the streets were being dug up it seemed!!

Quoting sultanils (Reply 11):
Btw, loved your title pic, too bad the reg of the first plane is CS-TOP and not CS-TAP

Odd that they don't have a -TAP. Shame I couldn't get a pic a bit sooner, as there were 4x in a row when I arrived. But still lucky I managed to capture it before the TK came along and ruined the sequence - lucky it was the special livery one though.

Quoting sultanils (Reply 11):
I hear you. Those Russians in general sure know how to paint a plane (ugly). Look at other like Donbassaero and stuff, revolting schemes imo.

I know, good colours, poor design.

Quoting sultanils (Reply 11):
So you were the α-male that day  

I've been the first onboard many times! Only when my row is called though of course.

Quoting sultanils (Reply 11):
Could be but you know that leather gets better the more it is used and abused lol!

True, nothing wrong with the comfort of the seats. Just a bit grubby.

Quoting sultanils (Reply 11):
Would be not so pleasant on longhaul. Well, pleasant and not pleasant...

Depends which way you look at it.

Quoting sultanils (Reply 11):
Smoothie time!

Wouldn't even say that... quite an odd thing really. Hard to describe. There was a peach version on the previous days flight.



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User currently offline4engines4lnghll From United States of America, joined Aug 2010, 64 posts, RR: 0
Reply 13, posted (1 year 6 months 1 week 4 days 8 hours ago) and read 7941 times:

Very nice! I find the LH domestic economy class to be TERRIBLE! Its the worst. I find more comfort flying a cheap European LCC than LH IMO. Even though their cabin service is great I rather sit in a comfortable seat with descent leg room for 2.5 hours without a 'meal' service.... Their 'business class' cabin is no different. Sadly more and more Euro carriers are switching to the ultra thin seats. I try to stick with BA.


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User currently offlineOA260 From Ireland, joined Nov 2006, 26999 posts, RR: 57
Reply 14, posted (1 year 6 months 1 week 4 days 5 hours ago) and read 7847 times:

Nice report James. Love the intro pic.  

Did you go for the Jumbo passport ?

The KM livery looks better in real life and although Im not loving it the livery does grow on you .

Regards the onboard catering TAP usually offer a chance for the passenger to pre order VGML like all other airlines so I guess they cant be blamed for that.

Love the SATA A310 . Looks fab . Would be great to bag a ride on that .

Thanks for the TAP insight . When Gareth and I flew them J Class FNC-LGW we found the lounges/cabin and crew good but the catering was dire for J Class. I would however fly them again based on our experience.

Regards

Philip  


User currently offlinejwhite9185 From United Kingdom, joined May 2007, 1303 posts, RR: 4
Reply 15, posted (1 year 6 months 1 week 3 days 22 hours ago) and read 7648 times:

4engines4lnghll,

Quoting 4engines4lnghll (Reply 13):
Very nice!

Thanks,

Quoting 4engines4lnghll (Reply 13):
I find the LH domestic economy class to be TERRIBLE!

Really? I don't find them too bad, although the longest sector I've done with them is 1h10 between LHR and MUC.

Quoting 4engines4lnghll (Reply 13):
Sadly more and more Euro carriers are switching to the ultra thin seats.

That is true.

Quoting 4engines4lnghll (Reply 13):
I try to stick with BA.

Even they have gone to thinner seats, although not quite as drastic as the likes of LH.

Philip,

Quoting OA260 (Reply 14):
Nice report James. Love the intro pic.

Cheers!

Quoting OA260 (Reply 14):
Did you go for the Jumbo passport ?

I didn't no. As I mentioned in a reply a bit further up, if it starts getting a bit full with Euro stamps, I'll just stop asking for them!

Quoting OA260 (Reply 14):
The KM livery looks better in real life and although Im not loving it the livery does grow on you .

It does - Seen it a couple of times now. Interesting to see a flight that I was close to going on if the TAP website didn't work. Although that was nothing compared to my recent experience with MH - although you'll have to wait until the end of the year to get the full story about that one!

Quoting OA260 (Reply 14):
Regards the onboard catering TAP usually offer a chance for the passenger to pre order VGML like all other airlines so I guess they cant be blamed for that.

Yeah, the guy didn't seem too disappointed. Although the likes of VS carry a couple of spares just in case.

Quoting OA260 (Reply 14):
Love the SATA A310 . Looks fab . Would be great to bag a ride on that .

Managed to capture a better pic of one up at MAN a couple of years back. Definitely a good scheme. Looks much better in the Portuguese sun than the grey of Manchester too.

Quoting OA260 (Reply 14):
When Gareth and I flew them J Class FNC-LGW we found the lounges/cabin and crew good but the catering was dire for J Class.

Interesting - didn't manage to see what the offerings were in J - despite being sat right behind it.



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User currently offlineMSS658 From Belgium, joined Oct 2010, 2474 posts, RR: 15
Reply 16, posted (1 year 6 months 1 week 3 days 2 hours ago) and read 7472 times:

Hi James

Very interesting and nice report about TAP! i enjoyed every word about it.
TAP has one of the better services in Y IMO. Just the horrid seating.


Nice pics of Oporto as well

Greetings
Marc



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User currently offlinejwhite9185 From United Kingdom, joined May 2007, 1303 posts, RR: 4
Reply 17, posted (1 year 6 months 1 week 2 days 23 hours ago) and read 7412 times:

Hi Marc,

Quoting MSS658 (Reply 16):
Very interesting and nice report about TAP! i enjoyed every word about it.

Thank you!

Quoting MSS658 (Reply 16):
TAP has one of the better services in Y IMO. Just the horrid seating.

Agreed - even new seat covers would help improve the cabin, as the seats themselves were actually pretty comfortable.



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User currently offlineadamspotter From Netherlands, joined Feb 2011, 1161 posts, RR: 3
Reply 18, posted (1 year 6 months 1 week 2 days 15 hours ago) and read 7310 times:
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Hi James,

Great report as always, thanks for sharing. Haven't read too many reports on TAP here so its great to get an insight on them. I definetely agree with you here, the service looks nice but the seats not too much although comfortable. Nice pictures of Porto even though you expected a bit more!

Quoting jwhite9185 (Thread starter):
You’d struggle to miss this one!

Some nice destinations there..

Quoting jwhite9185 (Thread starter):
Good to see a bit of colour amongst all the euro-white!

Somehow I really like that livery!

Quoting jwhite9185 (Thread starter):
Interestingly there were a couple of crew members on this flight that were on my outbound sector from Gatwick yesterday.

Did they recognize you?

Looking forward to your next report!

cheers,

Brendan


User currently offlinejwhite9185 From United Kingdom, joined May 2007, 1303 posts, RR: 4
Reply 19, posted (1 year 6 months 1 week 2 days ago) and read 7120 times:

Brendan,

Quoting adamspotter (Reply 18):
Great report as always, thanks for sharing.

Thanks - and as usual, no problem!

Quoting adamspotter (Reply 18):
Haven't read too many reports on TAP here so its great to get an insight on them.

There was one a couple of months aback, but that was the only one I remember seeing in recent times. Thats sort of what attracted me to them - I was well aware of the airline, but didn't know a huge amount about them.

Quoting adamspotter (Reply 18):
Nice pictures of Porto even though you expected a bit more!

Thanks - Glad I managed a few shots, although not nearly as many on my other trips.

Quoting adamspotter (Reply 18):
Some nice destinations there..

Tripoli being an interesting choice. Seems LGW are going after the weird and wonderful places that LHR can't/won't get

Quoting adamspotter (Reply 18):
Somehow I really like that livery!

Its certainly different.

Quoting adamspotter (Reply 18):
Did they recognize you?

Nope! I did mention that I was on the LGW sector as I was disembarking but they clearly didn't remember me. They weren't rude in any way though - met with a very cheerful 'good to see you back again sir'. Another reason why I thought the service was right up there.

Quoting adamspotter (Reply 18):
Looking forward to your next report!

The next series should be of interest to you!



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User currently offlineFLIEGER67 From Germany, joined Sep 2003, 5170 posts, RR: 55
Reply 20, posted (1 year 6 months 1 week 19 hours ago) and read 6889 times:

Hi, J.,

really good to see something more about TP.
And also really good to follow you´re pictures from Porto. A place also pinned on my map.
TP looks like ok this way.

Greetings,
Markus(FLIEGER67)



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User currently offlinejwhite9185 From United Kingdom, joined May 2007, 1303 posts, RR: 4
Reply 21, posted (1 year 6 months 1 week 7 hours ago) and read 6759 times:

Hi Markus,

Quoting FLIEGER67 (Reply 20):
really good to see something more about TP.

No problem,

Quoting FLIEGER67 (Reply 20):
A place also pinned on my map.

Not a bad city, although the cold weather and building work slightly tainted my impression of the place.

Quoting FLIEGER67 (Reply 20):
TP looks like ok this way.

As I mentioned, they were pretty good, just slightly stuck in the late 90's!



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User currently onlinemusapapaya From United Kingdom, joined Apr 2004, 1090 posts, RR: 0
Reply 22, posted (1 year 6 months 1 week 6 hours ago) and read 6726 times:

Thank you, very nice report! I did travel with them once on my journey to LIS, did a MAN-LIS-LHR with them 12 months ago, they were good, not as efficient as the likes of LH/LX, but their service was good and crew was nice. Their catering is also not too bad for that duration of flights. I was told however, longer sectors from LH they will serve hot meals even in Y, I have yet to confirm.

I hope TP will see better days in terms of their financial conditions and that they will gorw - now that IB is full of junk down there (strikes and big losses) I wish TP the very best!



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User currently offlineba319-131 From United Kingdom, joined Jan 2001, 8546 posts, RR: 54
Reply 23, posted (1 year 6 months 1 week 4 hours ago) and read 6699 times:
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Hi James,

Nice read and pictures, thanks for sharing.

Quoting jwhite9185 (Thread starter):
Direct flights on the TAP website would set me back around £140. Or there was an option to return to LHR via LIS for £170. Of course, for any a.netter £30 more for an extra sector is a no brainer so this was the option I selected.

- Absolutely right, that all changes when the wife wants to travel with me now, no connecting flights in Europe allowed  
Quoting jwhite9185 (Thread starter):
The booking process was a bit of a pain. First off it needed my passport number. Well OK, but I won’t be travelling on this passport… But I’ll take it with me just in case.

- Not come across a need to do this on a European carrier before.

Quoting jwhite9185 (Thread starter):
Then there was an option where it said it needed at least one phone number. I put in the one requested number but it decided it then needed four – yes FOUR! I don’t have four phone numbers. I put in my mobile number for my home, business, mobile and evening, but it still didn’t like that for some reason. I then added +44 rather then 0044 and decided that if this didn’t work, then they had lost my business and I’d head off to Malta instead. Luckily for them, this all went through and shortly after my e-ticket receipt turned up

- How odd, I don't have four numbers either.

Quoting jwhite9185 (Thread starter):
I led the way and I made my way down the jet bridge, catching the crew out on my arrival on to the aircraft as they were all sat in the business section chatting - clearly they weren't expecting me!

- Not a terrible professional way to start a flight.

Quoting jwhite9185 (Reply 1):
The following morning, I checked out of the hotel at around 8am to make my way back to the airport

- How was the hotel?

Quoting jwhite9185 (Thread starter):
I was expecting a bit more of Porto to be honest. Maybe I just didn't go to the right parts, but researching the destination back in January showed some pretty good pics from the Ribiera part if the city. In reality, head a few hundred meters away from the river and it seems a little run down, although the roadwork’s covering most if the area probably didn't help the image much.

- Interesting, I always thought it was supposed to be a charming place with lots of history and the like.

Cheers

Mark



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User currently offlinejwhite9185 From United Kingdom, joined May 2007, 1303 posts, RR: 4
Reply 24, posted (1 year 6 months 6 days 20 hours ago) and read 6607 times:

musapapaya,

Quoting musapapaya (Reply 22):
Thank you, very nice report!

Thanks,

Quoting musapapaya (Reply 22):
I did travel with them once on my journey to LIS, did a MAN-LIS-LHR with them 12 months ago, they were good, not as efficient as the likes of LH/LX, but their service was good and crew was nice.

Must say I'm in agreement.

Quoting musapapaya (Reply 22):
I was told however, longer sectors from LH they will serve hot meals even in Y, I have yet to confirm.

I think I've seen something like that in a recent TR on here.

Quoting musapapaya (Reply 22):
I hope TP will see better days in terms of their financial conditions and that they will gorw - now that IB is full of junk down there (strikes and big losses) I wish TP the very best!

Miles better than IB in my opinion.

Mark,

Quoting ba319-131 (Reply 23):
Nice read and pictures, thanks for sharing.

Thanks, no problem.

Quoting ba319-131 (Reply 23):
Absolutely right, that all changes when the wife wants to travel with me now, no connecting flights in Europe allowed

Haha, yeah I think I'm better off travelling alone sometimes as I don't have to worry about anybody else - Prime example being my upcoming trip to Bangkok - it's getting more elaborate by the day it seems!

Quoting ba319-131 (Reply 23):
Not come across a need to do this on a European carrier before.

Must admit the only time I've come across this is when I've booked flights to the US. Even then theres an option to input the details later.

Quoting ba319-131 (Reply 23):
Not a terrible professional way to start a flight.

I guess not, but no big deal.

Quoting ba319-131 (Reply 23):
How was the hotel?

Very good actually. Clean, modern and friendly staff with a decent price tag. I'd recommend it.

Quoting ba319-131 (Reply 23):
Interesting, I always thought it was supposed to be a charming place with lots of history and the like.

Thats the impression I had when I was researching, but it seemed like parts were just a little bit run down. And on the way back to the station there were a few 'undesirable' characters getting a little close for my liking. Made a special point to speed up a bit then cross the road just to be on the safe side.



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User currently offlinepalmjet From United Kingdom, joined Nov 2001, 1223 posts, RR: 17
Reply 25, posted (1 year 6 months 6 days 10 hours ago) and read 6520 times:

Hi J

Great report and I really enjoyed your super crisp pics of both the journey and of Porto - day and night. Great stuff.

I flew with TP in 2011 and had a similar experience to you. The food offerings for my flights were pretty much the same, but I remember the snack being almost inedible. It was yuk.

I was planning to go to Porto back in 2006 but the trip never happened due to changed schedules - but it was good to see your overview. I thought it had meant to be a very interesting and historical city so not sure what you were expecting when you were there? I guess it's hard to tell if you're only there for a very short period of time.

Porto's Airport looks a LOT nicer than LIS - which isn't hard. I found LIS to be dire, but that was offset by all the interesting aircraft on the ground, including all of the TP longhaul fleet, which I never really see elsewhere in Europe, plus the TAAG gem, along with what seems to be last remaining A310s flying in Europe - great combination!

Thanks again - Palmjet



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User currently offlinejwhite9185 From United Kingdom, joined May 2007, 1303 posts, RR: 4
Reply 26, posted (1 year 6 months 5 days 21 hours ago) and read 6429 times:

PalmJet

Quoting palmjet (Reply 25):
Great report and I really enjoyed your super crisp pics of both the journey and of Porto - day and night. Great stuff.

Thanks, although being the perfectionist I am, I'm always seeing room for improvement!

Quoting palmjet (Reply 25):
I remember the snack being almost inedible. It was yuk.

They weren't too bad I found, despite the odd choice of fruit. Or was it a drink? Who knows...

Quoting palmjet (Reply 25):
I thought it had meant to be a very interesting and historical city so not sure what you were expecting when you were there?

The riverfront was pretty picturesque but that was only about 500 metres or so - the rest was pretty nondescript really.

Quoting palmjet (Reply 25):
I guess it's hard to tell if you're only there for a very short period of time.

True - thanks to the pretty stingy leave from work I get this year, pretty much all of my trips will be rushed affairs. Luckily I seem to have developed the knack of seeing all the stuff worth seeing in a day.

Quoting palmjet (Reply 25):
Porto's Airport looks a LOT nicer than LIS - which isn't hard.

I think it had been redone for the Euro 2004 football championships. Shame it seems over run with LCC's.

Quoting palmjet (Reply 25):
I found LIS to be dire,

I've been to worse - CDG T1 comes to mind...

Quoting palmjet (Reply 25):
that was offset by all the interesting aircraft on the ground, including all of the TP longhaul fleet, which I never really see elsewhere in Europe, plus the TAAG gem, along with what seems to be last remaining A310s flying in Europe - great combination!

Very true - quite a bit that I'd not seen in person before.

Quoting palmjet (Reply 25):
Ozark Airlines - When Three Swallows Would Get You There

Haha just noticed this... Typical!



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User currently offlinePlaneHunter From Germany, joined Mar 2006, 6808 posts, RR: 77
Reply 27, posted (1 year 6 months 8 hours ago) and read 5998 times:

Hi James,

nice report with great pictures! Lisbon is a great city, enjoyed my visit there a lot. As for TAP - well, it offers a decent product, but there are certain weaknesses. One cannot expect culinary delights, but at least drinks and food are still served free of charge.

Here's my report from 2010:
Awesome Approach, Splendid Scenery: LIS, FNC & TAP (by PlaneHunter Oct 30 2010 in Trip Reports)

Quoting jwhite9185 (Thread starter):
Luckily by the end of January, my new passport arrived so I was all set for the next ten years.

Nice! Mine's totally worn out.

Quoting jwhite9185 (Thread starter):
At least the food was a bit better than on my previous visit!

That looks good!

Quoting jwhite9185 (Thread starter):
As I deboarded, I grabbed a souvenir. They had postcards on all three of my flights, but forgot to pick the A320 versions up!

Good to see they still have them.


PH



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User currently offlinejwhite9185 From United Kingdom, joined May 2007, 1303 posts, RR: 4
Reply 28, posted (1 year 6 months 6 hours ago) and read 5955 times:

Hi there PH,

Quoting PlaneHunter (Reply 27):
nice report with great pictures!

Thanks,

Quoting PlaneHunter (Reply 27):
Lisbon is a great city

One I must visit after my aerial tour!

Quoting PlaneHunter (Reply 27):
s for TAP - well, it offers a decent product, but there are certain weaknesses. One cannot expect culinary delights, but at least drinks and food are still served free of charge.

Thats very true and the catering was a little better than I've experienced on LH.

Quoting PlaneHunter (Reply 27):
Nice! Mine's totally worn out.

No doubt mine will be too before long - doesn't seem as well built as my last two.

Quoting PlaneHunter (Reply 27):
That looks good!

It was pretty good - quite filling too - kept me going till dinner time.

Quoting PlaneHunter (Reply 27):
Good to see they still have them.

Yeah, couldn't believe it when I saw free souvenirs! Still annoyed I forgot to grab one on both the A320's I went on. There was also other bits and pieces in with them - info on their FFP I think.



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User currently offlineakhmad From Netherlands, joined Sep 2005, 2475 posts, RR: 53
Reply 29, posted (1 year 6 months 2 hours ago) and read 5863 times:

Bom dia James,

Your report just brings back memories of visiting the city myself in 2005!

Look how things have changed ever since! We flew with Portugalia and had to catch airport bus from the smallish OPO terminal as the metro was yet under construction back then.

I really like how you guide us along booking and check-in process. But Dear Heaven, what a cumbersome booking procedure!

Good to see that nobody objected to your photography or filming. Well, maybe one, but you solved it nicely! 


Quoting jwhite9185 (Thread starter):
my new passport arrived so I was all set for the next ten years.

Ten years? As a Dutch passport holder I have to renew mine every five years.

Quoting jwhite9185 (Reply 1):
TAP newsstand – good idea!

After LH’s example. What about the complimentary coffee machines?

Quoting jwhite9185 (Reply 1):
I sat near to gate 34 in one of the chairs that seem to be popping up at most airports these days and enjoyed the view.

Nice! How far are they located from the window?


Thank you for the enjoyable Sunday afternoon read. Obrigado!

Suryo  



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Reply 30, posted (1 year 6 months 2 hours ago) and read 5829 times:

Hi there Suryo,

Quoting akhmad (Reply 29):
Your report just brings back memories of visiting the city myself in 2005!

Look how things have changed ever since!

Yeah, and it looks like things are still changing considering all the roadworks were being done.

Quoting akhmad (Reply 29):
We flew with Portugalia and had to catch airport bus from the smallish OPO terminal as the metro was yet under construction back then.

There was an option to fly with Portugalia on an F100 between OPO and LIS, but it was a stupid amount of money - around £400 if I remember correctly.

Quoting akhmad (Reply 29):
I really like how you guide us along booking and check-in process.

I try to write my reports based on what I like to see - back when I wasn't flying, the reports I enjoyed the most were ones where they went right from the beginning to the end rather than just focusing on the flights themselves. In my mind the build up and journey to the airport is all part of the excitement so I try to capture that. Also so I can look back myself in years to come and be reminded of the memories.

Quoting akhmad (Reply 29):
But Dear Heaven, what a cumbersome booking procedure!

Not as bad as the one I experienced with MH a few weeks back...

Quoting akhmad (Reply 29):
Good to see that nobody objected to your photography or filming.

Subtlety is the key!

Quoting akhmad (Reply 29):
Well, maybe one, but you solved it nicely! 

Theres always one! It was only a ramp worker though so I figured there wasn't much he could do other than tell me to stop. If it was security or the police I might have been a bit more concerned.

Quoting akhmad (Reply 29):
Ten years? As a Dutch passport holder I have to renew mine every five years.

Interesting - My first UK passport was only valid for 5 years, but that was because I was under 18. Adult passports last for 10.

Quoting akhmad (Reply 29):
What about the complimentary coffee machines?

Didn't see one of those.

Quoting akhmad (Reply 29):
Nice! How far are they located from the window?

A few feet - still near enough to see out of the window comfortably.

Quoting akhmad (Reply 29):
Thank you for the enjoyable Sunday afternoon read.

No problem.



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