My first experience on EVA Air…

Yesterday I flew EVA Air for the first time from Tokyo Narita to Taipei (not on the Hello Kitty jet, sadly). This flight was operated by one of their brand new A321s. It was my first time flying a narrowbody jet out of Narita, and it actually felt a bit weird, since Narita almost exclusively has widebody service. While the A321 is a fairly big narrowbody jet, it sure feels like a prop when flying out of Narita.

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Anyway, there were only eight business class seats, and they were slightly more spacious than what you’d get in domestic first class in the US.

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Each seat had an individual TV with an impressive selection of video on demand.

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Their meal service was interesting. They had a Chinese option, Japanese option, and Western option, except in each case there were no choices of entrees or anything, so you were “all in” with whichever option you chose. When I asked the flight attendant if I could have the western appetizer and Chinese entree she looked at me as if I asked her to flash me. So I went with the Chinese option instead, which was tasty. It even had sweet potato mochi. I love mochi… the only thing missing was Drive Thru Boba’s milk tea.

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I also liked the meal because there was one main course and then three dessert courses. What’s not to love? ๐Ÿ˜‰

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The service was really great. The flight attendants’ English wasn’t great, though they were incredibly attentive and constantly smiling, so I have nothing but good things to say about them.

And lastly a shout out to my mom. She actually reads my blog — who knew?

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Now looking forward to sampling EVA’s longhaul service.

Comments

  1. Ok, I’ll start to call you Ms.Schlappig from then now as well ๐Ÿ˜‰
    @Mike, although mochi is a Japs dish, the Taiwaness just love to eat them… So it make sense for them to put mochi into the Chinese menu.

  2. >Their meal service was interesting. They had a Chinese option, Japanese option, and Western option, except in each case there were no choices of entrees or anything, so you were โ€œall inโ€ with whichever option you chose. When I asked the flight attendant if I could have the western appetizer and Chinese entree she looked at me as if I asked her to flash me.

    This drives me crazy on Asiana. I always want the western appetizer, korean entree, and western dessert. When I try to order that they look at me like I’ve grown 3 heads. I did succeed in getting it once, despite a confused look and no confirmation when I ordered it.

  3. “Slightly more spacious the US domestic first class?” You are being too generous to US airlines.

  4. @ Santastico — Pitch in US domestic first class is maybe 38″, while pitch here was a bit over 40″. So I don’t think it’s a huge difference.

    Regardless, both are much better than what you’d get in intra-Europe business class.

  5. Why didn’t you take HND-TSA? That’s basically always Hello Kitty, plus you get city airports which are closer and nicer seats too…

  6. @ Roland — In retrospect I probably should’ve, though was connecting at Narita and really didn’t want to switch airports there.

  7. Lucky, you’re a tease! I thought this was going to be the EVA long haul trip report.

  8. I was disappointed with the hello kitty-less report… until I saw that text from your mom. ๐Ÿ™‚

  9. Darn….not a kitty plane…I really wanted to read a preview of what to expect from you about the kitty plane.

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