On the 9th of May, I had the opportunity to fly with TAP Portugal’s beautiful new cabin layout between Budapest and Lisbon on an Airbus A320. According to TAP’s Cabin Interiors Product Manager, “this is the biggest revamp in TAP’s product history.”
TAP operates its A320 family on fairly lengthy medium-haul routes, such as Lisbon to Accra (5 hours 30 minuets), Helsinki (4 hours 40 minuets), and Budapest (3 hours 50 minuets). TAP installed this refurbished configuration for the summer of 2017. Now, TAP has the new configuration installed on all of their A319s and some A320s.
The overall design was conceived by local company Almadesign. With the new layout installed, this 18-year-old plane looked brand new. The new cabin displayed a very sophisticated ambiance, with contrasting black and green color patterns that included subtle Portuguese notes in the finishing.
Compared to the old cabin, the new seats feature a slimmer leather design that is less comfortable. For example, only the first ten rows featured headrests, and you have to pay extra for those seats. In addition, it appears that the new configuration on the A320 does not include USB seat charging stations, while the A319s seem to have them. On the other hand, the legroom and recline are good, and the tray tables are large and modern.
All photos by the author.