12/05/2017 | Press release | Distributed by Public on 12/05/2017 10:41
TAP's retrojet crosses the Atlantic again, heading to Brazil. Recife, capital city of the state of Pernambuco, receives all Passengers that boarded today in Lisbon on flight TP11, in what will be the last time travel of this year, arranged by the Portuguese Airline.
It was 50 years ago, more precisely on April 19, 1967, that TAP operation between Lisbon and Recife began. The CS-TBA 'Santa Cruz', the first Boeing 707 to serve the Airline, would land seven hours and 55 minutes after take-off, beginning an operation that would be uninterrupted between the Portuguese capital and the capital of Pernambuco.
Today, TAP Customers have been able to return to the past, but this time on board the Airbus A330 'Portugal', painted by the Airline with one of its previous corporate images. As was the case with the seven previous retro flights, TAP recreated the atmosphere of the 1970s, from the check-in desks to the inflight entertainment. Passengers on this flight were offered retro bag tags and boarding pass card wallets on arrival at the airport, as well as a time-traveller's diploma. On board, Customers were greeted by a crew wearing one of the most emblematic TAP uniforms, created by the French fashion designer Louis Féraud, as well as by Rosa Mota, dressed herself in the same uniform.
All Passengers also had another surprise when seated: the iconic 1970s TAP gift bag which, in Business Class, was filled with comfortable pajamas, Ach. Brito lavender cologne, Benamôr hand cream and Couto toothpaste.
The meals also faithfully recreated what was served on board in the 1970s. Rui Paula, the Portuguese Michelin Star Chef invited for this flight, signed the main course of fish - Cod Fish with Chickpea Puree - served in both classes. The main course of meat was the yet traditional Portuguese sirloin steak, served as well in both classes. For dessert, Regina chocolates and a banana Parfait with chocolate, the last one served in Business Class.
Brands such as Coca-Cola and Sagres beer mark their presence on board, served in glass bottles with 1970s labels. Also a Graham's 1972 Port Wine was served at the end of the meal, in Business Class.
The crew and Rosa Mota also invited all the Customers to participate in the 'hole punch game' of Regina chocolates, an experience that was a novelty for the younger Passengers and a bit of nostalgic fun for grownups.