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TAP Top Executive Class

May 1, 2008
2008 / May 2008

On the Ground: We arrived at the dedicated Top Executive check-in counter at EWR too late for the Lisbon flight we were booked on and without our baggage, which had not arrived on our delayed incoming flight. Since the ticketing was separate, TAP was not responsible for fixing either of these problems, but that didn’t stop the charming agent. “I’ll find them,” she assured us, as she rebooked us on to that night’s flight to Porto and the onward to Lisbon. Skeptical, we went off to the lounge. Several hours later, this same agent met us at the gate and handed us our baggage tickets. “They’re on the plane,” she told us — and they were. A TAP agent told us as we boarded that previous agent had been all over the terminal tracking down our bags, locating them only minutes earlier. (30/30)

Pre-flight: With that impressive introduction to TAP, we boarded the Airbus and found our seats in the Top Executive cabin. Our coats were immediately on hangers, and we each had a glass of sparkling white Portuguese wine in hand seconds after sitting. A flight attendant explained how to adjust the seats and use the entertainment system. (30/30)

In-flight: While the menu offered no surprises — the usual choices of beef, chicken or fish — the wine list was something to savor. Portuguese wines are not as well known as they deserve to be, and this list was an excellent introduction to the various appelations. During the flight we asked for half-pours of wines from the Alentejo, Douro, Ribatejo, Tras o Montes and Bairrada. After dinner an attendant passed through the cabin with a cheese cart that included several labeled varieties accompanied by orange slices, grapes and vintage Port. Between the wine and the fully reclining angled seats, sleeping was easy. Had insomnia beset me, my entertainment system included an individual video screen, DVD and a laptop plug. I was offered the option of breakfast served 45 minutes before landing, which I accepted before falling asleep. (38/40)

The Experience: Maybe I’m just easy to please, but the ground and cabin crew on this flight really took an interest in making it a good experience. The real test of an airline is how they do when things go wrong — how well, how quickly and how graciously do they make it right? And in this case, they made it right when the problem had nothing to do with them. A top-flight experience.

Total Score: (98/100)

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