Economy class

Discover the true meaning of travelling in economy class on TAP: quality, comfort and entertainment.


Video, audio and games 

On TAP, we want the make the hours you spend with us even more pleasant by offering you high quality entertainment throughout your flight.

The best touchscreen experience

On part of our A330 and A340 fleet, you will find a wide variety of audio-visual content with touchscreen technology: 

  • audio and video on demand
  • 30 films
  • 15 television channels
  • 12 radio channels
  • 10 games
  • Kids Channel
  • 60 CDs 

On which flights can you enjoy this service?

  • Luanda
  • Maputo
  • Salvador
  • Rio de Janeiro
  • São Paulo
  • Brasilia
  • Natal
  • Fortaleza
  • Belo Horizonte
  • Recife
  • New York
  • Miami

Fly in the company of a digital channel system

Another seven A330 aircraft are equipped with a digital channel system with:

  • Remote control
  • A selection of 20 films
  • Television series and documentaries
  • 12 audio channels 

Entertainment for everyone 

A319, A320 and A321 aircraft are equipped with ceiling mounted screens where you can enjoy content on: 

  • Sport
  • Destinations
  • Cartoons and much more.

OnAir WiFi 

On board our A330's (Pedro Nunes, Vasco da Gama, João XXI, João Gonçalves Zarco and Fernão de Magalhães) with the OnAir Wi-Fi system, during the flight you can access the Internet on your computer, tablet or smartphone. You will find instructions and a price list in your seat-back pocket or on the web session home page. 

Magazines and newspapers on TAP flights

Your in-flight reading is available on the screen of your mobile device. The newspapers and magazines must be downloaded before boarding, and can be read offline on your smartphone or tablet. This free service is available via the TAP mobile app (valid only for TAP Clients travelling on flights operated by the company).

Depending on the rules of your fare, you will have access to a different number of publications on each flight. More informations about TAP Digital Kiosk

On all flights you will find the ward-winning UP Magazine, TAP´s in-flight magazine.

Note: As from 1 September 2015, free physical newspapers and magazines will only be available in business class on long haul flights, in the ANA Schengen Lounge, Blue Lounge an in the TAP Premium Lounge at Funchal. Outside Portugal, you can still find physical newspapers in the Star Alliance Lounge (São Paulo - Guarulhos), Sala VIP (São Paulo – Viracopos), LH Lounge (New York), Italviages Lounge (Caracas), LAM (Maputo) and Sala Welwicha TAAG (Luanda).

Entertainment for children 

Children aged between 4 and 11 will be given an eco-friendly tin containing: an eye mask, coloured pencils, sharpener, toothbrush, toothpaste and a soft rattle (for children aged between 0 and 3).

We also have a children’s music channel available on our entire Airbus A330 and A340 fleet. 




In economy class, TAP offers a meal suitable for the time and duration of each flight that is inspired by the creativity of our consulting chefs and made with fresh ingredients of the highest quality.

What types of meals are served on TAP?

  • Hot meal: meal with a hot main dish served on a tray
  • Cold light meal: a light meal consisting of a cold sandwich on long-haul flights, and a box with a cold sandwich on medium-haul flights
  • Cold meal: meal consisting of a cold main dish served on a tray
  • Snack: an individually packed sweet or salty snack, mini sandwich 

Note: In the event of an irregularity, the type of meal offered may be changed without prior notice.


Find out what kind of meal will be served on your flight. All routes are shown as originating in Lisbon, TAP’s base of operations.

Please note:

Beginning 07 March 2016, special meals will no longer be served in Economy Class on domestic flights, flights to/from Morocco and Algeria and European flights of less than 4 hours.

On all other flights, all special meals served are free for TAP passengers.

Special meals with TAP

Since each passenger is special, TAP provides an onboard special meals service (subject to confirmation and availability).

Requests for this service must be made up to 24 hours before departure. If you require a special meal, please make sure you request the correct meal when you make your online reservation, through TAP Contact Center, TAP desk, your travel agent or, if you are a Victoria Client, through the Victoria Assistance Center.


The list of special meals that can be provided on request is shown below. 

Long-haul: code and name of free special meals for booking through the Contact Center, at the TAP counter or with your travel agent:

Code Special meal
AVML Hindu vegetarian meal
BBML Baby’s meal
BLML Meal without strong flavours and spices
CHML Child’s meal
DBML Diabetic’s meal
FPML Fruit meal
GFML Gluten-free meal
HNML Hindu meal
KSML Kosher meal
LCML Low-calorie meal
LFML Low-fat meal
LSML Low-salt meal
MOML Muslim meal
NLML Lactose-free meal
SFML Seafood meal
SPML Meal with special items not covered by any of the above codes (allergies by ingestion of food products)
VGML Vegetarian vegan meal
VLML Egg-lacto vegetarian meal


TAP will only confirm special meals (including for food allergies and intolerances) on flights of 4 hours’ duration or over:

On intercontinental flights (Economy and Business Class) all meals can be confirmed, except: 

  • on flights departing from Accra, DBML and GFML meals will not be served;
  • on flights departing from Sal, HNML meals will not be served;
  • on flights departing from Praia, AVML, BLML, HNML and MOML meals will not be served;
  • on flights departing from Bamako, DBML and GFML meals will not be served;
  • on flights departing from São Vicente and Boa Vista, only KSML meals will be served.

On European flights lasting 4 hours or more (in Economy Class) the following meals can be ordered: DBML, GFML, MOML, VGML, KSML, CHML, VLML and SPML.

On European flights (Business Class) all meals can be confirmed.


Please note: It is not possible to confirm special meals in Business or Economy Class on European flights that stop overnight at certain airports supplied with meals for outward and return flights.

Requests for special meals should be made at least 24 hours before flight departure. For flights leaving Luanda, KSML meals must be requested at least 72 hours before flight departure.

Food allergies and intolerance:

  • If you have a severe allergy to a certain type of food, you can ask for a special meal suitable for your needs when you book your flight, or up to 72 hours before departure. If you have a severe allergy from inhalation/airborne exposure to a food, TAP cannot guarantee that the cabin will be free of the allergen in question, nor can the airline control the foods/products that other passengers may bring on board. Before travelling, we recommend that you see your doctor and, if necessary, bring appropriate medication for your condition with you in your carry-on luggage. Please note that peanuts and derivatives are served on most of our flights.

In TAP economy class you will find reclinable seats, leg room and much more.

And because we know that comfort is essential on a flight, we have redesigned the interior of our A340s. You’ll find more distance between seats and seats that are more reclinable

Our seats

  Distance between seats Seat width Seat Recline Entertainment
A340 32-34” (81,3 - 86,3 cm) 17,6” (44,7 cm) 9o Individual screen
A330 33” / 32” (83,8 / 81,3 cm) 17,72” (45 cm) 9o Individual screen
A321 30” (76,2 cm) 18” (45,7 cm) 9o Ceiling mounted
A320 30” (76,2 cm) 18” (45,7 cm) 9o Ceiling mounted
A319 30” (76,2 cm) 18” (45,7 cm) 9o Ceiling mounted
F100 31” (78,7 cm) 17,15” (43,6 cm) 7o Not available
ER4 32” (81,3 cm) 17,3” (44 cm) 7o Not available 

More comfort

On long-haul flights on A340 and A330 aircraft, we also have blankets, pillows and headphones available for you. 

If you travel with tap|basic, tap|classic or tap|plus, you can also choose your seat ahead of time by contacting our Contact Centre.



With the new routes opening from Lisbon to Boston (June 11th, 2016) and to New York - JFK (July 01st, 2016), you'll be abble to fly on the new A330 (A332 - former Azul equipment), that will have two different Economy Cabin Classes:

  • The common Economy Class; 
  • The new Economy Plus Class, that for your own confort will offer you bigger space between all seats.

Like this, for all the bookings made from April 28th, 2016, passengers that travel on these new routes (from the refered dates), and that wish to travel with bigger space from the front seat, booking a seat on Economy Plus, will be abble to do it after paying 60€ (USD65 or CAD85), if booked until 72 hours before the flight.

This new ancillary service will allow date or flight changing (remaining with the same service), but it's not refoundable and at this moment it's available for selling on every TAP sales channel (Contact Center, Stores, Airport or at through "Manage Booking").

For passengers travelling in tap|plus and Victoria Gold passengers travelling in any class, the seat booking on Economy Plus Cabin is free.


For further information, please contact TAP's Contact Center.



Book your favourite seat

From August 25th TAP gives you the possibility to choose your preferred seat on the aircraft, right before arriving at the airport, across all flights (with the exception of the Ponte Aérea flights – Lisbon-Porto /  Porto-Lisbon).


With this new ancillary service, you won’t have to go through the experience of travelling in a seat away from your family or friends. Have you thought about the comfort that this option will give you?

Book your seat right now using the Manage your Booking area.


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