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Portuguese airline TAP lands first U.S.-bound 1970s-themed flight in Miami

Flight attendant Angela Caldeira arrives with TAP Air Portugal’s flight to MIA on a 1970s-themed aircraft, including retro food service, music and safety video, August 11, 2017.
Flight attendant Angela Caldeira arrives with TAP Air Portugal’s flight to MIA on a 1970s-themed aircraft, including retro food service, music and safety video, August 11, 2017. ctrainor@miamiherald.com

Travelers on an afternoon flight from Lisbon to Miami on Portuguese carrier TAP Air Portugal were in for a groovy ride Friday.

The flight was the first to the U.S. on TAP’s “retro” aircraft, a time machine in the sky outfitted 1970s style — from the cabin crew uniforms to the safety video and the meals. The 72-year-old airline, which has doubled traffic to the U.S. in the last year, has been offering retro flights this summer with previous stops in Toronto and Sao Paulo.

TAP’s first U.S.-bound retro flight landed in Miami at about 4 p.m. Friday. Flight attendants wore ’70s-style red, navy and marigold uniforms with matching hats, by French stylist Louis Féraud. The menu for the flight included some meals from original menus of the period, including shrimp salad and pheasant terrine, codfish à Zé do pipo, the sirloin à portuguesa, and a banana parfait with chocolate for dessert. Even the Coca-Cola and Portuguese beer Sagres got the retro touch, as did the flight bags, which featured ’70s-designed lavender cologne, hand cream, toothpaste and pajamas.

In-flight entertainment included ’70s films and a golden oldies music channel.

The exterior of the plane, an A330 was retro-fitted — pun intended — for the trip, featuring the original “Transportes Aéreos Portugueses” red and teal typography that first debuted on a TAP Lockheed Super Constellation aircraft in July 1955.

The plane was appropriately named “Portugal.”

TAP Portugal offers daily non-stop flights from Miami International Airport to Lisbon.

Chabeli Herrera: 305-376-3730, @ChabeliH

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