Review of TAP Air Portugal flight Lisbon Natal in Business

Airline TAP Air Portugal
Flight TP 0003
Class Business
Seat 3A
Aircraft Airbus A330-200
Flight time 06:45
Take-off 16 Aug 14, 17:30
Arrival at 16 Aug 14, 20:15
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By 7426
Published on 12th October 2014

That's my trip report of TAP Portugal flight 3 from Lisbon to Natal (Brazil) in Business Class.

Flight: TAP Portugal TP 0003
Route: LIS-NAT

Aircraft Registration: CS-TOM
Type: Airbus A330-202
Name: Vasco da Gama
MSN: 899
Delivery date: 05/Feb/2008

From: Lisbon International Airport (LIS-LPPT)
Date: 16/Aug/2014
Terminal: 1
Check-in counter: 60
Boarding gate: 47A
Scheduled Time of Boarding: 14h10
Boarding time: 16h35 (2h25 late)
Stand: 503
Push-back: 17h22
Taxi: J, M
Taxi time: 7 minutes
Departure runway: 03
Scheduled Departure Time: 15h10
Actual Departure Time: 17h22 (2h12 late)

At the gate I were advised that had a problem with the lavatories in economic class and the flight was delayed 2 hours
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At 5pm I boarded the Airbus A330-200, reg: CS-TOM, this 6 years plane, named Vasco de Gama
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The seat 3A onboard the plane
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The Safety Card
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Pushed-back from stand 503 at Lisbon Airport
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After departure, right turn to Brazil!!!
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The empty TAP's Business Class
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Leaving Portugal
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The menu

The Blanket, environment friendly amenities kit and the noise cancelling headphones
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At FL400, the delicious lunch:
A smoked duck salad with chocolate vinaigrette
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Asparagus, sausage and mushrooms Pasta
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After some hours watching movies there were a snack
Focaccia with smoked swordfish, papaya compote and rocket and a great chocolate mousse
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Some minutes before arrival
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To: Grande Natal (São Gonçalo do Amarante – Governador Aluízio Alves) International Airport (NAT-SBSG)
Date: 16/Aug/2014
Scheduled Time of Arrive: 18h45
Actual Time of Arrive: 20:16 (1h31 late)
Runway: 12

At the gate on this new Airport
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As the other Brazilian Airports the immigration is very inefficient, with only 2 desks for non-Brazilian Passaports for that flight, so when you get out of plane run to be the first! This airport is new but the only 2 ATM machines (at Departures) only accept Brazilian cards… No comment
Outside of the airport
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My ticket and baggage tags
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Thank you to read my report!
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TAP Air Portugal

Cabin crew10.0

TAP Premium Lounge


Lisbon - LIS


Natal - NAT



Despite the delay TAP Portugal continues to have the best Crew and food onboard that planes! The business class experience is also a plus! A good option to fly to Brazil!



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  • Comment 119790 by
    SKYTEAMCHC GOLD 8700 Comments

    Thanks for sharing this trip with us.
    The catering looks good and your comments confirm it but the presentation is a bit plain for business class and my taste.
    The cabin looks bright and in good condition. IFE's are big. How is the seat when in bed position ? full flat ?
    It seems to be a very empty cabin maybe because Natal is more of a a leisure destination.
    The arrival airport looks very nice and modern and the palm trees add to the feeling being far way.

  • Comment 119797 by
    lagentsecret 12449 Comments

    Thanks for sharing your first FR and welcome aboard

    Your report is lacking from pictures of the menu and the wine list

    More pictures of the cabin and comments about the crew's behavior and somme details about the IFE could be interesting too

    See you soon for another report

  • Comment 119799 by
    AirCanada881 1617 Comments

    Thanks for sharing this report, I don't think I'd seen TP's longhaul J cabin before, it doesn't look bad but far from being competitive IMO.
    The A332 is one beautiful aircraft!

  • Comment 119801 by
    KévinDC TEAM GOLD 5655 Comments

    Thanks for sharing your first report with us! There are some nice pics and th cabin and catering look good. Could you add some comments to the summary section to explain your grading? Thanks and Welcome to Flight-Report!

    KevinDC / COmmunity Manager

  • Comment 119898 by
    rickytt 95 Comments

    Obrigado pelo report! Ja fui varias vezes com a tap ao Brasil Recife e RJ nunca tentei a experiência na executiva. Experimentou o salão tap em lx? e dos melhores que ja fui!

  • Comment 119940 by
    pititom GOLD 11165 Comments

    The seat is not really appealing as it seems to be an angled lie-flat. On the other hand, I find the catering appetizing. Unfortunately, for such a long flight, seat would be my priority.

    Thanks for sharing, and welcome here :)

  • Comment 120286 by
    FConceicao AUTHOR 24 Comments


    Thank you very much for your comments! I'm going to improve my report and its also a learn for future reports! About TAP Business Class, that were introduced at 2006, the seats are very similar to the older Lufthansa Business Class seats, so not a full flat bed. TAP Portugal needs to improve the Business class seats and it probally will be made for the Airbus A350. The service is excelent! The cabin crew are very nice, even more in Business, the food is delicious and the IFE is also nice and with many movies, series and songs.

    Thank you and the Best Regards

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