EVA Air flights are wonderful. They’re roomy and cozy, the flight attendants are super attentive and nice, and the planes are full of fun, unique amenities. Like really unique. Like, face mist and dental floss unique.
But their special Hello Kitty flight left me even more happy that I was flying with EVA! It’s soooo cute! It makes long haul flights exciting! And, no I’m not even a Hello Kitty fan. This plane warmed my preciously cold, not Hello Kitty obsessed heart.
What does a Hello Kitty flight even mean? Normally I don’t write these kinds of reviews, but this flight made me so happy that I wanted to share the experience! Here are some pictures and things to know about flying on one of EVA Air’s Hello Kitty planes.
What exactly is a Hello Kitty flight?
EVA Air offers flights using different planes that are Hello Kitty on the outside and the inside. It’s like a normal flight, except way cuter and therefore more exciting.
My plane was the Sanrio Family Hand in Hand, and you can see the other planes they offer here. I haven’t tried any of the others yet but now it’s definitely on my list!
How to get tickets on a Hello Kitty plane
Only a few flights from select cities use a Hello Kitty plane. In the US, you can catch one from Los Angeles and Chicago. You can check the specific flight number, days, and other cities that use one of these planes on their official website.
For us, this was a totally not planned thing. I was just looking for the cheapest flights for the days we could get off work and didn’t know we were going to fly on the special plane until, well, we were on it! Our LA > Taipei plane was normal and our Taipei > LA plane was Hello Kitty goodness. I did buy the tickets on EVA Air’s website though, which I always recommend buying directly from the carrier to avoid potentially sketchy third party sites.
The main cabin
Pillows for the 1%
My flight review
We flew economy because of income inequality. Higher classes got Hello Kitty slippers by default, but we all had Hello Kitty branded:
- Head cover
- TV loading screen
- Throw up bag
Other than the amenities, it was a pretty standard EVA Air flight.
Games are different than other EVA Air flights, as in they didn’t have as many modern ones. Make sure you have what you want to keep busy with on your phone in case you don’t find the inflight options interesting!
Food frequency was great! From LA <> Taipei, you get two meals, two snacks, and a sandwich. They even give you a menu at the start of the flight so you know exactly what to choose! I don’t think it stood out in terms of airplane food, and the Chinese vs Western options were pretty comparable.
What to not expect on the flight
At least on my flight, the blankets weren’t Hello Kitty branded, which I totally would have expected! And don’t expect Hello Kittens going over the safety instruction video for you- it was just the regular EVA air video.
Last, we didn’t have some of the other amenities with pictures floating around on the Internet, like Hello Kitty soap, Hello Kitty shaped fruit, or even Hello Kitty boarding passes. Maybe these are the differences between the LA plane vs others.
Bonus tip for extra Hello Kitty fun
When you’re in Taiwan Taoyuan airport, make sure you check out gate C3: a Hello Kitty themed gate! Actually, if you have time, check out all of this airport’s C gates because they’re themed and typically represent some facet of Taiwan and its culture/history. You learn a lot and it’s cute!
Note: the Hello Kitty planes don’t necessarily fly out of this terminal. So unless you seek it out, you might not run into it!
Wait, isn’t Hello Kitty from Japan? Why does Taiwan have this stuff?
This is my question too and if someone has the answer, let me know in the comments! I tried to look into the why, but instead found out that Taiwan itself has even more Hello Kitty themed things- from beer to a hospital section to a freaking castle!
EVA Air has flights not just to Taiwan but also around Asia. If you’re headed somewhere from LA or Chicago that EVA Air flies, see if you can get yourself on one of these planes. It’s an experience you literally won’t have anywhere else.
And the world needs more branded flights!