US Airways Club Charlotte
US Airways Envoy Class Charlotte to Paris
Hilton Paris Charles de Gaulle Airport
Star Alliance Lounge Paris
Air China Business Class Paris to Beijing
Air China Business Class Lounge Beijing
ANA 787 Business Class Beijing to Tokyo
Hilton Tokyo Narita Airport
Tokyo Narita Airport Hello Kitty Check-in
EVA Air Hello Kitty Business Class Tokyo to Taipei
EVA Air The Star Lounge Taipei
Taipei Airport Hello Kitty Gate
EVA Air Hello Kitty Royal Laurel Class Taipei to Los Angeles
As much as some would like to deny it, Hello Kitty’s significance in the world is growing. I mean, Avril Lavigne even unveiled a song a couple of weeks ago entitled “Hello Kitty,” and it already has, like, hundreds of views on YouTube. It’s basically like a Katy Perry song or something (though I’m not totally convinced it conforms to the real Hello Kitty’s high ethical standards):
Upon leaving the lounge we made the five minute walk to gate C3, one of the designated Hello Kitty gates at Taipei Airport.
Anyway, I don’t think anything can quite prepare you for the visual orgasm which is the Hello Kitty gate at Taipei Airport. The problem is that the gate left me so speechless that I’m not actually sure how to describe it… so just have a look for yourself.
Adjacent to the gate is a Hello Kitty store. If only I’d had more room in my carry-on… 🙁
At Taipei Airport the main gate area is actually located one level down from the main concourse. So after enjoying the Hello Kitty gate area for a little while we headed downstairs. Before going downstairs your passport and boarding pass are checked.
Upon arrival at the gate we saw the newly repainted Sanrio Family Hello Kitty 777-300ER which would be flying us to Los Angeles.
As we arrived at the gate one of the gate agents was rolling out a Hello Kitty stamp station. You could stamp your boarding pass (or any other non-original document, per the disclaimer on the station) with a Hello Kitty Los Angeles stamp.
Summing it up, it was basically the coolest gate ever.