After flying EVA Air’s incredible 777 business class between Los Angeles and Taipei, I was very much looking forward to the connection on one of EVA Air’s Hello Kitty planes.
For those of you who still have no clue what I’m talking about, EVA Air has a partnership with Hello Kitty, and they have a handful of planes that are Hello Kitty themed. Everything about the experience incorporates Hello Kitty, from check-in, to the gate, to the plane’s livery, to the onboard experience. It’s sort of crazy and amazing.
So I intentionally booked a Hello Kitty flight between Taipei and Singapore while enroute to Bali. I could have flown nonstop, but what’s the fun in that when you could instead hang with Hello Kitty for a few hours? Boy was the experience something, alright…
There was a dedicated Hello Kitty check-in area at Taipei Taoyuan Airport.
Then there was a special Hello Kitty gate.
Next to the Hello Kitty gate was a Hello Kitty store, perfect for some retail therapy.
The flight was operated by a 777, which was identical to the one I flew from Los Angeles. However, this one had Hello Kitty flair.
There was a Hello Kitty pillow, Hello Kitty slippers, Hello Kitty barf bag, Hello Kitty napkins, etc.
There was a Hello Kitty video playing during boarding, and even Hello Kitty artwork on the bulkheads.
After takeoff I was served Hello Kitty snacks and Hello Kitty champagne (okay, maybe it’s not actually Hello Kitty champagne, but they do serve rose champagne in Hello Kitty’s honor).
The food had Hello Kitty touches, and the cheese cube was even made to look like Hello Kitty herself.
The lavatory had Hello Kitty toiletries, and even Hello Kitty toilet paper.
If you’re in the mood to shop, there’s a special selection of Hello Kitty goodies for sale. I purchased a Hello Kitty apron (the same one worn by the crew) and Hello Kitty model airplane. I can neither confirm nor deny that I may or may not have put on the apron during the flight, and may or may not have taken a picture with the entire crew wearing matching aprons.
The crew took note of my Hello Kitty enthusiasm (I was the only person visibly excited by the whole thing), so they gave me Hello Kitty playing cards, Hello Kitty pens, etc.
I asked the two flight attendants taking care of me if they loved Hello Kitty as much as I did. Their answers?
- “I did like Hello Kitty… before I started this job.”
- “Mmmm, to be honest, no.”
If you haven’t yet taken a Hello Kitty flight, you absolutely must. Right now the only destination in the U.S. with Hello Kitty service is Houston (which seems like an unusual market for Hello Kitty). I regret not routing through Houston in order to be able to enjoy 16 hours of the Hello Kitty service. It’s such a cool experience.
What do you make of EVA Air’s Hello Kitty service — do you love it as much as I do, or is it your version of hell?