TAP flew its first retro flight in Portugal on 2 June, leaving Lisbon for Funchal. The aircraft, ‘Portugal’, an A330 flying the colours and logo the company used during the 1960s and 1970s, made an exceptional trip to Madeira as part of the commemorations of the 600 years since the Discovery of Madeira and of Porto Santo.
Flight TP1671 left Lisbon at 10:40am and landed in Funchal at 12:25pm. On the return flight, which retained the in-flight retro atmosphere, TP1682 left Funchal at 1:35pm and arrived back in Lisbon at 3:05pm.
On board, TAP took passengers on a trip to the past, recovering the iconic crew uniforms created by the French stylist Louis Féraud and recreating the atmosphere of flights in the past, with some details of the era – such as the celebrated flight bag that TAP distributed in-flight that was also offered to all passengers on TP1671.
Regional products from Madeira were also available on these special flights. Passengers were able to try Bolo de Mel, Brisa Maracujá and Madeira wine, and were also offered linen bottle rings with embroidery from Madeira as part of a partnership with the Madeira Promotion Bureau and some regional producers.
On the flight from Funchal to Lisbon, TP1682, which took place at lunchtime, passengers in Executive Class were served a typical Madeiran dish, swordfish with banana, passion fruit sauce and fried corn. Economy passengers were served a bolo do caco sandwich
Executive Class clients were also given the opportunity to remember the game, Sabichão, with questions about Madeira that were created especially for this occasion. The Diário de Notícias da Madeira, which was handed out to passengers on this flight, also had the look of a 1970s newspaper.