The Logbook of a TAP Air Portugal's Flight Attendant
My name's André, I was born in the 80s and I grew up as a proud airline brat. My father was an Aircraft Mechanic who started working in the industry still in the years of piston-engine airliners.
|My father in front of a Super Constellations in the 60s|
TAP Air Portugal has always been present in my life and this proximity made me an unconditional enthusiast of aviation and travel.
|My TAP's health card and junior pilot wings|
I still remember the little kid's excitement whenever I was given the opportunity of a hangar visit or the anxiety before each flight.
|I was never good at drawing but I gave it a try|
Because of my passion for airplanes, I started my degree in Aerospace Engineering. In 2004, I applied for a job as an Aircraft Mechanic with TAP but somehow I wasn't eligible for that position.
TAP's flagship in the eigthies was undoubtedly the Lockheed L-1011 TriStar which became my all-time favorite aircraft. In 2007, I decided to take a gap year in my studies and applied for a Flight Attentant position with a small portuguese charter airline called Luzair.
They were the perfect fit for me because they flew the good old L-1011 and they were a ACMI provider flying all over the world. Their callsign used in the ATC communications was "Lisbon Jet" which I adopted as my nickname.
|First days as a Flight Attendant|
When I started operating the Hajj season flights in November 2007, I thought it was such a great life experience that was worth to be saved in some form of a diary and to be shared with others. That's how the blog was born although I never imagined to keep it alive after the Hajj. But following the success of the initial posts which had great feedback from my readers, I decided to maintain the blog and write about my flights and trips either as a crew member or as a passenger on holidays.
TAP Air Portugal
Since I felt comfortable and happy with my new job I decided to apply for TAP in December 2007. This time I was successful and I finally fulfilled my dream of working for TAP Air Portugal, starting from July 2008.
|Final Examination Flight|
In 2009, I decided to go back to my university and in 2011 I finally got my Aerospace Engineering degree at the same time I was working and flying all over Europe. It was not easy but I made it.
|Aerospace Engineering Certificate|
But my aeronautical background wouldn't be complete until I got my Private Pilot Licence in 2014.
|Private Pilot Diploma|
It was also in 2014 that I started flying the intercontinental routes of TAP Air Portugal and until today I remain qualified in all aircraft types of the fleet except those operating for TAP Express.