TAP Business, Lisbon Portela – London Heathrow, Airbus A320NEO: Very nice catering

End of the itinerary with this flight to London Heathrow which closes this short but intense trip.

As a reminder, here is the route followed:

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1LoungeLufthansa Business Lounge, Londres Heathrow
2FlightRoyal Air Maroc Business, Londres Heathrow – Casablanca, Boeing 737 MAX
3FlightRoyal Air Maroc Business, Casablanca – Marrakech, Embraer E190
4HotelBarcelo Palmeraie, Marrakech
5LoungePearl Lounge, Marrakech Menara
6FlightTAP Business Class, Marrakech – Lisbonne Portela, Embraer E190
7FlightTAP Business Class, Lisbonne Portela – Londres Heathrow, Airbus A320
Today’s itinerary

Connection circuit and ground route

The connection circuit in Lisbon is very simple , and two directions are open when disembarking from a non-Schengen flight: either passport control then security to take a Schengen flight, or a simple security check for a non-Schengen flight .

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I therefore take the second option, knowing that by making this choice, I am depriving myself of the Flagship lounge of the airline , located in the Schengen zone. But I don’t want to go through immigration twice with muddy justifications.

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Non-Schengen security will therefore be passed in a flash .

Note that it is nevertheless disappointing that a airline does not offer any alternative for its non-Schengen passengers in its own hub… Even LOT does it !

Boarding

Despite the verification performed at check-in -in in Marrakech , another verification of the PLF is carried out. No need to show your vaccine thanks to the Verified mention.

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So I rush to the Premium line and board first … On the bus (again!), when the door is empty and the plane could have been towed…

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Big wait in the bus then comes the moment to disembark in front of the plane.

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Cabin and reception

The reception is rather cold and I join my seat , the 01F.

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This is a standard medium-haul Europe cabin . However, I find the Pitch low compared to Air France or British Airways for example.

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No welcome drinks , but a hydroalcoholic wipe is distributed.

Maybe by wringing them out we’ll make a welcome gnaule?

Service and catering

The service begins about fifteen minutes after arrival on the cruise with the distribution of paper menus.

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Nice attention too often disappeared in medium-haul.

My choice of pre-ordered meal is confirmed to me by the steward.

The platter is then served 10 minutes later.

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The prawn starter is particularly successful , with a delicious lobster mayonnaise.

The dish, a beef pie is just absolutely delicious . Regressive, this pie reminds me of an American fast food, Arby’s, which some of you may know. The meat tastes the same, extremely juicy.

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The bread was served hot, and the butter excellent.

The dessert, a Portuguese specialty , is also delicious, a real treat.

To close these feasts, a 10-year-old Tawny port, and a chamomile for the old!

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Refills will be offered to me throughout the rest of the flight.

Arrival and disembarkation

We arrive at the contact of terminal 2 at Heathrow. Immigration is totally deserted and I’ll be landside in 20 seconds.

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Conclusion

A very pleasant in-flight experience , but the experience on the ground in Lisbon is disastrous, for what is nevertheless the hub of the airline .

Olivier Delestre-Levai
Olivier Delestre-Levai
Olivier has been into airline blogging since 2010. First a major contributor to the FlyerTalk forum, he created the FlyerPlan website in July 2012, and writes articles with a major echo among airline specialists. He now co-runs the TravelGuys blog with Bertrand, focusing on travel experience and loyalty programs.
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