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Find and book the best flight deals and airline tickets to Portugal, Brasil, Europe and mo Portugal, Brasil, Euruch more, with TAP!

TAP Portugal is the flag carrier airline of Portugal headquartered at Lisbon Portela Airport which also serves as its hub. TAP is a member of the Star Alliance and operates almost 2,000 flights a week to 88 destinations in 38 countries worldwide. The airline is majority-owned by a joint venture between Brazilian low-cost carrier Azul Linhas Aéreas (owned by David Neeleman) and Portuguese road transport conglomerate Barraqueiro group (owned by Humberto Pedrosa), who purchased 61 percent of the carrier from the government of Portugal on 24 June 2015, with an option to buy the Portuguese government’s remaining 34 percent stake in 2018 (the remaining stake is held by TAP employees).

TAP is generally known for its below-average onboard service, although that depends on your comparison. It is way ahead of the US airlines, but poorer than other European airlines (except Iberia in economy, over which it excells). The quality of food onbard can be better than average, with two mainstream chefs (one Portuguese and one Brazilian) to keep the standards up and there is a unique selection of Portuguese wines and traditional cuisine dishes, adapted to a global culture. Short haul around Europe however, meals are pretty dire.

The airline has only a two-class cabin: What it calls Top Executive (business class) and Economy Class. Short haul there is no difference between the seats, however long haul has flat beds in business class for most planes, although beware. You could end up with one of the older planes, that just recline, and don’t got fully flat.

TAP will allow passengers to upgrade to TAP executive (business) class, on board its aircraft. This facility is available on all medium and long haul flights operated by TAP aircraft, with the exception of flights within Metropolitan Portugal and also those to and from Madrid.

On board upgrade is subject to the availability of a seat and a meal, on payment of:
€250 – one way, on flights to the Autonomous Regions of Madeira and the Azores, and destinations in Europe, Cape Verde, Senegal, S.Tomé and Bissau. €750 – one way, on flights to Fortaleza, Recife, Natal, Salvador, Belo Horizonte and Caracas. €950 – one way, on flights to São Paulo, Rio de Janeiro, Luanda, Newark, Brasilia, Maputo and Johannesburg. Payment to be made by passengers’ respective credit cards – Visa, MasterCard or Euro card.


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