RKS Travel and Wine: TAP Portugal Airlines Has its 750 mL Wine Bottles Crying

I frequently give most European Airlines a pat on the back for serving wine in economy class from 750 mL bottles instead of those obnoxious mini plastic bottles which is all the more obnoxious in the case of Air Canada which adds insult to injury by serving French wine! A national carrier of Canada serving French wine! Tsk Tsk!

A shining light in the Canadian air carrier category is Porter Airlines serving CANADIAN wine in REAL GLASSES! How come Porter and TAP Portugal Airlines serve wine from 750 mL bottles in economy but Air Canada can’t?

Porter’s onboard experience transforms expectations for economy air travel. Each partner was carefully selected for its locality, quality ingredients, brand alignment, and focus on sustainability. (CNW Group/Porter Airlines)

Flying on TAP Air Portugal from Toronto to Lisbon return this February I was shocked to have wine served to me in a paper cup! Of course plastic is a nasty environmental mess but please wine in a paper cups that are thrown in the trash by the TAP flight attendants seem not much better than plastic glasses! Oh my! This was not some “supply chain issue” but rather the way things are according to a TAP flight attendant.

TAP rewards its economy passengers with wine in paper cups like the ones your dentist gives you to flush out your mouth!: Photo Robert K. Stephen

In Pico Island in the Azores they have a saying that you should plant your vines where you can hear the crabs singing. On my TAP flights there were no crabs singing but I thought I could hear those 750 mL wine bottles crying.

Published by Robert K Stephen (CSW)

Robert K Stephen writes about food ,drink, travel, film, and lifestyle issues. He also has published serialized novels "Life at Megacorp", "Virus # 26, "Reggie the Egyptian Rescue Dog" and "The Penniless Pensioner" Robert was the first associate member of the Wine Writers’ Circle of Canada. He also holds a Mindfulness Certification from the University of Leiden and the University of Toronto. Be it Spanish cured meat, dried fruit, BBQ, or recycled bamboo place mats, Robert endeavours to escape the mundane, which is why he has established this publication. His motto is, "Have Story, Will Write."

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