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!
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.
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 :(.
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 :).
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 :(.
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.
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.
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!