EVA Air joined the Star Alliance back in June, and has been a great new option for Star Alliance award redemptions given how generous they are with business class award space.
While their old business class product is really mediocre, their new business class (Royal Laurel Class, as it’s called) product available on most of their 777-300ER aircraft is phenomenal. It features reverse herringbone suites (all of which have direct aisle access), Dom Perignon (the only airline to serve it in business class), and Rimowa amenity kits. I had the chance to fly their Royal Laurel Class from Taipei to San Francisco in July, and have to say I was really impressive by the product. While the food was a bit disappointing, every other aspect of the product — from the seat to the service to the drinks to the entertainment — was about as good as I’ve ever experienced in business class.
Anyway, EVA Air flies to Seattle, which is definitely one of our more “exotic” airlines and routes, though the service has always been operated by a 747. As I said above the 747 has a really outdated business class product, so to me that route isn’t worth much since I’d rather connect through Los Angeles or San Francisco and get the new product. Though I really do love the Seattle flight in theory since it departs Seattle at 2AM and gets into Taipei early in the morning. I’d love to be able to spend a full day at home, stay up late, hop on a flight, and wake up refreshed in Asia.
I’ve really, really been hoping that EVA Air eventually puts a 777-300ER on the Seattle route so that we finally get the new product. So imagine my surprise when I was driving across the 520 Bridge here in Seattle last night and saw a 777-300ER in the sky. My reaction was somewhere along these lines:
Even after managing to calm down I was still kinda like this:
When I got home I hopped online and looked up the flight schedule to be sure that my eyes weren’t failing me or that it wasn’t a diversion from another flight or something. Sure enough, BR26 was operated by a 777-300ER. So I quickly looked up more of the schedule, only to realize this is only a temporary thing through October 16…
Way to tease me, EVA Air! Now please, please, please schedule the 777-300ER to Seattle permanently!