Los Angeles to Taipei Eva Air Hello Kitty Jet Business Class Review

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Introduction and Planning
LAX Star Alliance Lounge
Los Angeles to Taipei EVA Air Hello Kitty Jet Royal Laurel Class
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We originally booked an afternoon flight to Taipei for the 26th of December. I did not like the flight time because you kind of waste two days by arriving at 11pm. EVA Air does release some award availability about a week before departure. Luckily I was able to find 2 seats for the night time flight on Xmas eve. I debated if it was worth changing because I have no United status so it would cost $100 per person when changed within 21 days. Then I checked if the flight was the Hello Kitty Jet BR15, and it was! In the end it was worth the change for us to spend more time in Taipei and experience the Hello Kitty Jet. We did only spend $2.50 per ticket anyways and the retail price is $5k-$6K so it was justifiable.  Here’s my Hello Kitty Jet business class review!

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We boarded the Hello Kitty plane and turned right because we were sitting in the mini cabin. There are 16 seats in the mini cabin and almost all seats were occupied. We were escorted to our seats and greeted with a Hello Kitty Xmas theme video on our screens. I was pleased to see our flat bed seats with a Hello Kitty pillow. The blanket, slippers, and amenity kit were not Hello Kitty. The only other HK things I saw were the barf bag and safety instructions. I thought there would be a little more Hello Kitty but then again there were quite a few business men on board so they probably want to cater to them mostly. We were probably the youngest people in our section.

Eva Air Lie-Flat Seat

Eva Air Lie-Flat Seat

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Hello Kitty Xmas Welcome Video

Hello Kitty Xmas Welcome Video

Rimowa Amenity Kit

Rimowa Amenity Kit

Hello Kitty Toilet Paper

Hello Kitty Toilet Paper

 

Boarding was very efficient and punctual. We were offered water or orange juice before departure.  The 777-300ER is a pretty smooth plane and we could barely feel it lifting off.  As soon as we reached altitude, the meal service started right away because it was almost midnight.

I reserved my meal by pre-ordering on EVA Air’s website.  I chose what any sane person would choose, lobster.  I wasn’t expecting much from airline food, but the lobster was succulent and texture was just right.  The vegetables and rice were perfect to balance out the flavor. I had a glass of the often praised Dom Perignon champagne.  I don’t understand why people rave about it.  It tasted a little bitter, but was drinkable I guess.  Maybe I’m not sophisticated enough :(.

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Dom Perignon 2003 Champagne

Dom Perignon 2003 Champagne

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I selected the sea bass for my wife because it also sounded equally as good.  Unfortunately, it did not look or taste very appetizing.  She was not really hungry at all so she wasn’t too upset :).

 

Sea Bass

Sea Bass

Perhaps one of the best features of Eva Air that people don’t talk about is the fresh fruit.  The fruit is sooooo good, very fresh, ripe, and chilled at the right temperature.  I felt bad for eating the Hello Kitty honeydew :(.

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After the delightful meal, I started watching Elysium until I got very sleepy.  It helped that it wasn’t that great of a movie.  I put my bed in the lie-flat mode and could easily stretch my feet out for a 5′ 9″ person.  The lie-flat seat was a bit stiff, but it was fine for me.  I slept quite well for a good 7 hours.

Good Night all...

Good Night all…

Since it was a 14.5 hour flight, there was still probably 4-5 hours left.  I finished my movie, read my book, and then it was time for breakfast.

We both pre-ordered the Taiwanese congee meal to get ready to be Asian’d out in Taiwan.  Both of us come from Taiwanese families, so the food was quite delicious for us.  Not sure if it would appeal to everyone else though.

Taiwanese "xi fan"

Taiwanese “xi fan”

Ask for Hello Kitty Playing Cards (free)

Ask for Hello Kitty Playing Cards (free)

 

Conclusion

This flight from Los Angeles to Taipei on Eva Air’s Hello Kitty Jet was probably the best business class flight I’ve taken so far.  Eva Air beats my Lufthansa business class flight and Airberlin business class flights hands down.  The lie-flat bed was very comfortable and the entertainment system was good.  I think the Hello Kitty level of the flight was just right, although die hard fans may disagree!  Service was very efficient, but probably not as warm as expected because probably let people sleep.  Communication was not an issue because I spoke Chinese to them.  Their English skills were just okay according to my wife.  I loved that it departed at night and arrived in Taipei at 5:30am.  This let us have a full Xmas day and a full day when we arrived to Taipei rested.  This flight was an awesome use of 60,000 United miles each way. Use your United miles/Ultimate Rewards before February 1 to try out this flight!

17 comments for “Los Angeles to Taipei Eva Air Hello Kitty Jet Business Class Review

  1. Maury
    January 15, 2014 at 5:21 am

    Very nice experience! Hopefully I will be on one of these in October.

    • January 15, 2014 at 7:21 am

      Thanks, look at EVA Air’s route schedule to see if you are on one.

  2. January 15, 2014 at 8:05 am

    This is a great review! I’m flying Eva business to Osaka next month, and I’m psyched. Its the flight out of JFK, so its not Hello Kitty, but I still am looking forward to it immensely.

    • January 15, 2014 at 8:17 am

      Exciting! Lemme know if you need any tips in Japan. Should have stayed a bit in Taipei. Lots of cheap and great food!

  3. January 15, 2014 at 12:25 pm

    I was in taipei many years ago on a cheap date at an expensive hotel…. ha ha (long story).

    I won’t have time in Taipei this trip. I’ll be in japan for 10 days – which is a lot of time for me to take off from work. any tips you have on japan would be most welcome.

    K

  4. liz
    January 15, 2014 at 2:42 pm

    hi

    i know if you have chase reward points you can transfer to united but would it state on united which is a normal eva air plane and which one is the eva air hello kitty one??

    how does one book a ticket specifically for the eva plane hello kitty vers.??

    -Liz

    • Kev
      January 15, 2014 at 7:14 pm

      Liz

      You have to go to eva’s website to look for the flight number and which day of the week that has the hello kitty plane, eva’s website has a delicated page just for the hello kitty plane with all the schedules.

      Kev

    • January 16, 2014 at 6:58 am

      Check out Eva’s Hello Kitty site to see the schedules. http://evakitty.evaair.com/en

  5. Carla
    January 24, 2014 at 7:41 am

    We are in Taipei for 3 days in October on Eva out of JFK. Would love any ideas. We want to eat and do massages. What else should we do. Then to Thailand. Places to stay there and things to do would be appreciated. We are open for any suggestions.

    • January 24, 2014 at 8:30 am

      You should eat the usual, Din Tai Feng, go to Dongmen stop to eat some Shaved ice, Beef noodle soup, shilin night market. Go to the massage place called “villa.like”. Nice environment and massages for about $35-$50. Thailand is probably cheaper though. Just walk around Taipei 101 and you can visit Maokong Gondola if you like scenery. Google “Hungry girl in Taipei”. She has lots of food recommendations.

  6. Kris
    January 25, 2014 at 12:05 am

    Nice information. I am planning to burn my united miles. And thinking to visit Taiwan.
    Questions for you. If I book my reward ticket via united.com site, am I able to pick the seat and reserve the meals?
    Thanks a lot!

    • January 25, 2014 at 9:50 am

      Yes you can pick the meals and seat through evaair.com not united. Pick lobster!

      • Kris
        January 26, 2014 at 3:50 pm

        Thanks for your reply. 🙂

        I just finished my award ticket booking on united.com. Do you know when I will receive the confirmation from Eva? And when can I pick my seats? Thanks so much! BTW, I reserved my seat for around December. 🙂

        • January 26, 2014 at 6:32 pm

          You might have to call to get it, but you should be able to put your ticket number from the United receipt to the EVA air check-in system.

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