14. TAP Executive, Lisbon Portela – Paris Orly, Airbus A321NEO: Excellent in the air, pitiful on the ground!

What a rush: it’s after a reduced connection time that I headed for this last flight of my return itinerary to Paris.

As a reminder, here is the itinerary followed:

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1DiaryConference in Paris and weekend in Madrid
2LoungeUnited Club, Boston Logan
3FlightUnited Domestic First, Boston Logan – Washington Dulles, Boeing 737 MAX 9
4FlightScandinavian Airlines Business, Washington Dulles – Copenhagen Kastrup, Airbus A350-900
5LoungeScandinavian Airlines Gold Lounge, Copenhagen Kastrup
6FlightScandinavian Airlines SAS Plus, Copenhagen Kastrup – Paris Charles-de-Gaulle, Boeing 737-800
7HotelLe Parchamp, a Tribute Portfolio Hotel, Boulogne-Billancourt
8FlightTAP Executive, Paris Orly – Lisbon Portela, Airbus A321LR
9LoungeTAP Lounge, Lisbon Portela
10FlightTAP Executive, Lisbon Portela – Madrid Barajas, Embraer 190
11HotelThe Madrid EDITION
12LoungePuerta del Sol Lounge, Madrid Barajas
13FlightTAP Executive, Madrid Barajas – Lisbon Portela, Airbus A320
14FlightTAP Executive, Lisbon Portela – Paris Orly, Airbus A321NEO
15HotelMoxy Paris Val d’Europe
16FlightScandinavian Airlines SAS Plus, Paris Charles-de-Gaulle – Oslo Gardermoen, Boeing 737-700
17HotelMoxy Oslo X
18LoungeScandinavian Airlines Gold Lounge, Oslo Gardermoen
19FlightScandinavian Airlines SAS Plus, Oslo Gardermoen – Copenhagen Kastrup, Airbus A320NEO
20LoungeEventyr Lounge, Copenhagen Kastrup
21FlightScandinavian Airlines Business, Copenhagen Kastrup – Boston Logan, Airbus A321LR
Today’s itinerary

Connection process

I disembarked aboard a PAXBUS, which took around ten minutes to reach the terminal and its Schengen zone.

At the top of the escalator, I heard a ground agent shouting Paris and gate 22, telling me to run. I have to admit I don’t like running in airports, so I quietly headed for the gate.

I’m glad I didnot, as boarding is far from over

Boarding

By the time I reached the gate, Premium boarding and Zone A was completed, and the latter was interrupted because the jetbridge was full.

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I was stopped twice to weigh and measure my baggage, but the sight of my Business boarding pass prevented the agent from continuing the conversation.

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A few minutes later, I was allowed on board.

Cabin and welcome

When I entered the plane, all the Business passengers had already boarded, and I made my way to my seat, 1F.

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My neighbor and his wife did move to row 2 once boarding was completed.

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The welcome was very courteous, and I even got help to put my luggage in the appropriate racks.

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During boarding, the captain told us that we had to wait 15 minutes before taking off due to bad weather over Spain and France.

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Service and catering

Service began about 20 minutes after takeoff from Lisbon, with the distribution of menus. Nice touch.

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For this flight, I had pre-ordered the spinach and cream pasta.

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My order wasn’t explicitly confirmed, but it was indeed this dish that was served to me directly from the full tray.

The red wine I ordered was served elegantly on the tray.

Refills of warm bread and wine were offered continuously.

At the end of the meal, I ordered a Port wine, which was brought to me on a tray with a mix of nuts.

I worked for the rest of the flight as I finished sipping my Port.

Arrival and disembarkation

We arrived at the gate with only a slight delay, less than 10 minutes… A fine performance considering the Lisbon mess!

Bottom line

A pleasant flight with a great crew. TAP is a real emotional roller coaster: you go from a very pleasant experience to hell on earth in 2 minutes.

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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