Trip Report: TAP Portugal | Airbus A320 | Lisbon – Geneva


Previous parts to this trip:


After arriving from Heathrow, I didn’t really fancy sitting around the airport for six hours until my next flight. Instead, I decided to head to a nearby area by the river for a walk.

Lisbon
Lisbon
Lisbon
Lisbon
Lisbon
Lisbon
Lisbon

With 35 degree temperatures, I only lasted a couple of hours before the heat got to me and I decided to make the two stop metro journey back to the airport.

Metro

Upon arrival, once more I skipped the check in area and headed straight for security. Once more I had fast track and was through in a minute or two. After which, it was through the duty free shop, and up to the lounge.

Duty Free
TAP Lounge

TAP Premium Lounge

This was one lounge on the European Star Alliance network I was yet to visit. I was a little underwhelmed to say the least! Seeing as this was TAP’s home airport, I was expecting something a little bigger. I’d almost say that the the third party lounge next door was slightly better.

TAP Lounge

There were no real features of note, other than a pretty decent manned bar.

TAP Bar

The food selection on the buffet I had was tasty enough. Although there were only two warm options – pasta and some chicken. There were also pies, cold meat, cheese and soup available.

TAP Lounge food
TAP Lounge food
TAP Lounge Food

Even the seating in the lounge wasn’t anything to write home about.

TAP Lounge
TAP Lounge
TAP Lounge
TAP Lounge

I made my way down to the gate when it said so on the flight information display. Although when I arrived, it didn’t appear we would be boarding any time soon.

Lisbon Airport

As it turned out, the incoming aircraft only arrived on to stand ten minutes before our scheduled departure time. It would have been handy if they’d let everyone know this.

Eventually I did get a text minutes five minutes before departure, that the flight would indeed be delayed. I’d already figured that out for myself however.

On board

Boarding finally began around five minutes after our scheduled departure.

TAP A320

I’d sat towards the front on TAP last year, and had heard nothing but bad things about the seats further back.

TAP Seats
The seats at the front of the plane

When I took my seat, I found they were basically the same as what’s fitted to the rear of the British Airways A320neo fleet.

TAP seats
I was seated in 17A
TAP Seats
TAP Seats
TAP seats
Legroom
TAP Seats

Departure 

Pushback finally came around thirty minutes behind schedule. Luckily it was a fairly quick taxi, and with a bit of decent schedule padding, we were due to arrive into Geneva pretty much on schedule.

Wingview

Service

The service started around fifty minutes after departure. That’s something that I had noticed about both of my flights with TAP on this trip. The crew sure did take their time starting the onboard service.

Cabin

I was passed a familiar looking box, however this time around the contents were different. There was a chicken wrap, along with cheese and biscuits. And unlike my previous flight, I actually got a drink too!

TAP catering
Catering
Catering

Entertainment on this flight was provided by the family sat in the row opposite. It was bad enough that they decided the cabin was the perfect place to change their baby. But then they decided to place the used article they had just removed in the seat back pocket. Lovely. I had hoped that decency would take over and they would dispose of it later, but it wasn’t to be. To the best of my knowledge it’s still in the seatback to this very day. Don’t worry, I won’t subject you to a picture of that…

Arrival 

We descended into the darkness and touched down around ten minutes behind schedule. As Geneva isn’t the biggest airport in the world, we were on stand within a few minutes. Due to the fact this was an arrival from the Schengen area, there were no formalities to complete. As such, it was straight to the exit and off to the hotel for the night.

Arrival
Arrival

My thoughts

Much like the last flight with TAP, this one wasn’t overly spectacular. It wasn’t particularly bad either, it just lacked a certain something.

The seating on board was a little cramped, although this is something that we will all have to get used to I expect. Those Recaro seats are very popular across a number of airlines.

The on board catering was tasty, and it was good to get a bit of variation from the previous flight too. 

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