On the Ground: I stepped up to the TAP counter at Newark without a wait. I was traveling with a carry-on only. The attendant looked at me skeptically but issued my boarding pass and lounge pass promptly since the bag was within regulations. TAP shares the Virgin lounge at Newark, which offered nothing special in terms of food but was a place to escape from the hustle-bustle of Newark Airport.
Pre-Flight: Once on board the TAP Executive Class cabin, I was immediately transported to a better place. The crew was welcoming, and the cabin was bright and airy. It set the tone for a good flight experience. I was offered a beverage and selection of newspapers as I settled into my seat.
In-Flight: The meal service began after take-off. Each course was beautifully presented; I felt as if I was eating in a formal dining room with white tablecloths. Canapés, a delicious assortment including roast beef, vegetables and mixed nuts, were served first. The salad course was served on a trolley, which the flight attendants brought next to my seat, so I could choose ingredients. Toppings included pepperoni, smoked salmon, goat cheese, marinated artichoke hearts and grapes. The second course was a creamy tomato soup with basil and croutons. For my main course, I selected spinach ravioli that rivaled those I’ve had at Italian restaurants on the ground. I passed on dessert, but the offerings included cheeses with apricot chutney, chocolate mousse cake and fresh fruits. The whole meal was complemented by TAP’s wine selection. I enjoyed a glass of the Casa de Santar Reserva, DOC Dão.
After dinner, I started to watch a movie but decided I should get some sleep. I was immediately comfortable on my lie-flat bed; and before I knew it, I was awakened for breakfast prior to our descent into Lisbon.
The Experience: Once on board, I had a fantastic experience. I thoroughly enjoyed the TAP Executive Cabin and couldn’t believe how quick the flight was to Lisbon. We departed at a great time, and I commented to my colleague that the flight time to Lisbon was the same as a lengthy dinner and after-dinner drink at home. Thanks to the flight crew, the cabin and ease of traveling on TAP, I will look to them for my future flights to Europe. Lisbon is an easy airport to transit through, and TAP offers a comfortable lounge for TAP Executive transit passengers.
- Less than 10 minutes for check-in
- Friendly and helpful agents
- Priority tagged bags
- Airport lounge
- Complimentary in-lounge food and beverages
- Priority boarding
- Helpful and courteous in-flight staff
- Pre-flight beverage service
- Pre-flight newspapers and magazines
- Amenity kits
- Lie-flat seat/bed
- Mattress pad and comforter
- In-flight menu offering choice of three entrées
- Top-shelf wines and liquors
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