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Is this the best seat in TAP Business Class aboard the A321?

Jake Redman September 26, 2016

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Airline: TAP Portugal Airlines
Aircraft: A321
Seat maps: Not Found
Our Seat(s): 3D (Bulkhead)
Class: Executive Business

Best Seat for who?

Our seats up front in TAP Business Class (or “TAP Executive”) on this A321 themselves aren’t super luxurious. Typical for intra-European premium travel these are standard economy seats with a little more room between rows for extra legroom and the middle seat blocked. Here in the bulkhead there’s a sense of space created by having no seat in front of you but the wall will likely keep your legs from fully extending.

On this plane, Executive class begins with row 3 on the D-E-F side. TAP’s site and others show both sides beginning with row 1 so refer to the map that’s displayed when choosing your seat.

R0010014_20160720090341Use your finger or mouse to navigate this 360° seat tour. 1D in TAP Business Class aboard an A321.

TAP Business Class = BYOEntertainment?

This is a pre 90’s style bare-bones plane when it comes to entertainment. You may or may not have something to watch on the overhead screens but you’re probably on your own. You’ll probably want to have your gear charged too. Neither AC or USB power outlets exist in any class here, including TAP Business Class so you’ll have to come fully charged.


Shrimp on the Beach.

Our midday trip in TAP Executive Class gets us lunch aboard this A321. A green salad appetizer is served right before a choice of entrees. I chose shrimp with rice and farofa (which looks a little like sand but is much tastier) over the eggplant dish. While the portions aren’t Texas-sized, there was enough to keep topped-up on this relatively quick flight.

TAP Business Class Meal - Shrimp
Our TAP Business Class Meal aboard this A321 was light fare.

See the full food and wine lineup in our hastily scanned TAP Portugal Menu.

Happy and Snappy.

Service on this flight was efficient and friendly enough. Food was timed just about right and flight attendants checked back regularly. Smiles were infrequent but crew delivered nothing that was complaint-worthy .

Rating: 5.5 (of 10)

Route Flown for this review:  Lisbon (LIS) – Frankfurt (FRA)

How we got em’

We got in on a one-way $143 “mistake” fare from New York to Franfurt via Lisbon, then upgraded to TAP Business Class using the airline’s “plusgrade” service. Once booked we named our upgrade price then waited for it to be accepted. This one cleared 3 days before the flight.


Thanks for watching and reading our review aboard this A321 in TAP Executive Business Class. See our other TAP reviews in our Plane Seats section.

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Modhop Host & Founder Jake Redman brings years of global exploration and travel tips to the podcast and our videos at Modhop. Jake is also a Producer and Host for SiriusXM.

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