Review: TAP Economy JFK – LIS

 

TP 208
New York City to Lisbon
Depart: Aug 30, 11:25 PM
Arrive: Aug 31, 11:20 AM
Aircraft: Airbus A330-200
Duration: 6 hr, 55 min
Seat: 31A

Boarding

After leaving the lounge, we headed to the gate which was a total mess. Even though only Zone 1 was boarding, passengers blocked the boarding line, so we had to push our way through.

The economy cabin is in a 2-4-2 layout. We were seated in seats 31A and 31B, which were in the rear economy cabin.

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TAP Economy
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TAP Economy

Our seats came with a pillow, blanket, and headphones.

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TAP Economy

So the seat is extremely cramped and I immediately regretted our decision to fly economy on this trip. I’m 5’7″ and I barely fit.

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TAP Economy legroom

The flight was completely booked and once everyone was boarded, takeoff announcements were made in both Portuguese and English. We ended up taking off at 11:45pm.

Since this was a red-eye flight, I was ready to sleep and wake up in Portugal. So I was extremely crabby when the lights turned on at 12:30am for a dinner service.

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TAP Economy Dinner. I’d rather sleep.

I didn’t eat the dinner since I ate in the terminal. My strict adherence to my nighttime routine worked (!) and I was able to sleep (rather uncomfortably given the amount of legroom) for the rest of the flight.

I woke up at around 9am because the lights were on, but at that point I had slept through breakfast service (which was a small sandwich wrap).

We landed early, at around 11am, and parked at a gate.

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One last look at the bird that brought us to Portugal

The line for customs and immigration was only about a 15 minute wait. Once we were in the arrivals area, we picked up a wifi hotspot, sim card, and our driver took us to our Airbnb.

Bottom Line

I cannot recommend this experience. If I were to do this again, I’d fly from SFO to AMS/LON/CDG and fly Intra-Europe to Portugal.

I’d fly economy again, but not this economy. Especially not a red-eye.

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