Hello from Taiwan! Expedia sent me to Taiwan on the inaugural EVA Air Hello Kitty flight yesterday afternoon, 21 June 2015, to Taipei. This Hello Kitty jet from Singapore to Taipei is permanent in EVA Air's flight schedule following the overwhelming success of its chartered flights before. And of course, news of this and its inaugural flight took off to much fanfare.
A brand new Hello Kitty theme known as the 'Shining Star Jet' was created exclusively for the latest EVA Air B777-300ER aircraft and its flights from Singapore to Taipei is available on Wednesdays, Fridays and Sundays at 3.10pm to Taipei and 9.25am to Singapore. These scheduled times are in addition to the existing EVA Air scheduled flights on non-Hello Kitty jets.
Since it's the inaugural flight, there's a photowall for passengers to take their pictures with before they board. And if they hashtag their pictures with #EVAAIRHellokitty, their pictures can be printed out at the instant photo machine nearby.
The interior of the the plane was of course, Hello Kitty inspired from the pillows to what you see on the screens. Even the restroom wasn't left out! Think te toilet paper, air freshener, etc.
We were given some light refreshments an hour after we took off before dinner is served 2-3 hours later.
And check out the Hello Kitty utensils! And the placemat on the tray, wet towel and toothpick packaging. On a side note, my OCD isn't too pleased with this picture cos well it looks off, layout is somewhat messy. But okay moving on.
The gentleman seated a seat away from me offered to help take pictures of me with my dinner. (The seat next to mine was empty which is a pity because the boyfriend who joined me for this trip surprised me by booking the same flight, I thought he'd be buying his from another airline. I wasn't aware that Expedia and EVA Air put me on the Elite Class because his ticket belonged to the Economy Class. His seat was all the way to the back of the plane while mine was nearer the front, ah well haha)
But speaking of which, I'm happy I got to experience EVA Air's Elite Class seats because they're one of the first airlines (if not the first) to offer Premium Economy seats. Perhaps it's a good thing that the boyfriend was seated in Economy lol, because I was able to compare the difference between both classes. Premium Economy/Elite Class definitely had more leg room, it's way more spacious and the seats were able to recline further which are huge, huge pluses for me. Especially if it's gonna be a night/long flight.
Oh and here're some fun facts: Only the Economy class has Hello Kitty headrest covers on the seat! Singapore is also the first Southeast Asia country to fly the EVA Air themed Hello Kitty aircraft aside from the other destinations that are already serving such as Guam, Seoul, Sapporo, Paris and many more. EVA Air also recently won the world's Best Cleanliness cabin and World's Top 10 airline by Skytrax!
Thank you so much EVA Air for having me on this inaugural flight, and for the very lovely Hello Kitty goodies in the media kit!
Special shoutout to Sy Yuan who checked on me time to time to make sure I'm alright and comfortable. :) Meanwhile you can check out flight ticket prices on Expedia if you wanderlust as much as I do. You can find the cheapest flight tickets and may just snag yourself some really good deals (especially if you book it together with your hotel)!
Stay tuned for my posts on the rest of this Expedia x Taiwan trip! :)