Yesterday I shared what was hands down the industry news of the week — EVA Air will launch “Hello Kitty” service to the US as of September 18. Presently they only operate select A330 services within Asia with Hello Kitty themed planes, though this new services marks the first Hello Kitty themed 777-300ER.
The big question I had was whether the service was only going to be a few days a week, or if they were planning on configuring multiple 777-300ERs with the Hello Kitty theme, given that a single 777-300ER can’t fly roundtrip between Los Angeles and Taipei in a day.
Via airlineroute.net, it appears we have our answer, as the service will only operate three times a week.
The inaugural flight will be as follows:
09/18 BR12 Taipei to Los Angeles departing 4:40PM arriving 2:05PM
09/19 BR01 Los Angeles to Taipei departing 1:35AM arriving 5:50AM (+1 day)
Then starting September 20 it will operate the following frequencies:
BR16 Taipei to Los Angeles departing 11:55PM arriving 9:20PM (Wed, Fri, Sun)
BR15 Los Angeles to Taipei departing 1:55AM arriving 6:10AM (+1 day) (Monday, Thursday, Saturday)
Kicking myself for having schedule conflicts for the first two weeks of the service, though this is now at the very top of my list of aspirational products to try. I think Jamison was right all along — flying first class doesn’t make sense.