BR36 - Business - Taipei Taoyuan -> Toronto - Boeing 777-300ERYou are here
After my first experience of flying Business last November, I had got the taste for this whole Premium Cabin thing.
Strangely enough it was a chance comment from a friend that was the opening to the rabbit hole. He mentioned about how he was taking his dad from London to LAX in BA First using Avios. Now honestly I'd never really had a clue about miles, points etc and how the whole thing worked. Boy did I ever waste a lot of years! I'd always wondered how so many people could afford to pay the insane prices airlines charged for F and J. Little did I realise that many of those people were there for pennies on the dollar. After diving into the whole scene full blooded I'd unlocked the key to do this on a big scale. So less than a year after starting I was able to put together a trip around Asia all in Business.
The YYZ-ICN-BKK flights cost 75,000 Aeroplan miles. The TPE-YYZ flight also cost 75,000 Aeroplan miles and for reasons I'm not entirely sure I understand I wasn't able to make my multi-city itinerary accept my return flight KUL-TPE-YYZ so I had to book KUL-TPE as a separate leg. This was highly annoying however the blow was softened by a 30% transfer bonus on my SPG points, so that effectively made the flight free in the end. I used 15,000 BA Avios for the BKK-SIN leg on Cathay which is a crazy good value. However my terrible luck bit me again on this flight which frankly I booked because it was on the A350-900 and I was yet to fly on one and with the rave reviews it was getting was to be a highlight of the trip for me. Of course about 2 months before we left ExpertFlyer delivered the brutal news that there had been an aircraft change to an A330-300. I was gutted especially when I checked EF and found that of the 30 days in September the A330 was operating on only 2 of them. The day after I traveled it was an A350-1000 which would have been even better. I thought long and hard about changing plans to fly a day later but it was just too much hassle. While my wife is nice and understanding even she has limits on how much she will accommodate my avgeekness!
The rest of the flights were cash bookings. The most expensive flights was the SIN-KUL return on SQ. I originally booked in Y as the cost difference between Y and J was too much. However not flying in J was eating away at me and I started to wonder about how often I would get the chance to fly SQ J again and I buckled and upgraded the flights. It was crazy for a 50 minute flight, but our travel decisions are not always made with the head are they? It ended up about $775 return.
KLM was about $390 for SIN-DPS, Garuda was about $260, Malaysian CGK-KUL-BKI was $330 and BKI-KUL was $190 *All prices per person in CAD
all good things must come to an end
So here we are at the end of this epic jaunt around Asia. 3 weeks of flying, eating, drinking, resting, swimming, sunbathing, touristing and living the high life. It had been an amazing experience. For my wife and I it was our first real taste of what its like to fly Business Class and to say that it had been eye opening and enjoyable would be a massive understatement. We had varied experiences from outstanding to very poor. There was one thing we both agreed on though was that traveling in future was going to be a lot more expensive as there was no way back to Economy for us, at least not for anything longer than 3 or 4 hours.
It's true what they say about not being able to go back. From my perspective its not just all about the nice seat on the plane. Flying in a premium cabin makes the whole experience so much more tolerable from the moment you arrive at the airport. Being able to check in without having to stand in a snaking queue of 100 people. Using Fast track to beat security lineups and even at some airports immigration queues. Having a lounge to spend time in relaxing. Getting to board first and get comfy before you start getting pampered with nice little touches like hot towels, noise cancelling headphones, drinks and snacks. Getting to have significant personal space, usually without being wedged into a middle seat. Legroom that means you never have to worry about having your knees crushed by the person in front of you. Being able to eat your multi course meal off china with proper cutlery and not having to have hamster arms because the tray table is wedged into your belly by the seat infront of you only being 30" away. Being treated like you are a human being. Having dedicated washrooms. Being able to watch a movie on a decent sized screen. Being able to lie down and actually sleep on a bed like surface while wrapped in comfy bedding. Not having to fight for overhead space. Being able to arrive on the other side of the World feeling half decent and not as if you had just crawled through a hedge backwards. Being able to get off the plane first and beat the rush to immigration. Getting your priority tagged bags off the belt first. To me these things have become almost priceless, its not just any one thing its the whole combination of things that combine to make traveling feel enjoyable again.
Its a shame that airlines have devalued the Economy experience so much, but that is what the market has dictated for the most part. Airlines have to compete harder than ever on price now and that's why Premium Economy is now such a fast growing cabin because the true Y experience is so bad many people are willing to pay a premium for a better experience, similar to what Economy used to be like 30 years ago!
looking forward to a flight home? and hotel adventures
In truth one of the prime motivators for booking the itinerary I did was to fly EVA Air home. The trip actually ended up being a few days longer than originally planned because of EVA availability.
I had read so many reviews of EVA Business Class and everyone raved. Often called the best Business Class across the Pacific, I knew that this had to be the way to cap off our trip. When booking I worked backwards, starting with finding 2 J seats on TPE-YYZ with EVA and then constructing the trip from there.
While it was our flight home and thus ending an incredible 3 weeks away I had secretly been really looking forward to this since booking. This for me was unknown luxury and something not to be missed. Its rather hard to describe the feeling of being excited about a flight but also not wanting your adventure to end and of course the prospect of heading back to reality - Bills, work, household chores, grocery shopping and the looming threat of another Toronto Winter.
Alas the morning of the 26th had arrived and it was time to get ourselves ready to go home. I had booked a late checkout at the Novotel Taipei as our departure was 8pm (that turned into an interesting story!). I was up stupidly early to make the most of some spotting time, and then we had breakfast at the hotel before returning to our room for the day. My wife had come down with a bug the previous day scuppering our plans to see Taipei. While she was bed ridden the previous day I consoled myself with an unexpected day of spotting from the comfort of our hotel room while the plan all along on our departure day was to spot from the room so I got myself 2 almost full days. The airport view rooms at the Novotel are superb. I thought originally it was going to be a nightmare as the glass was brutal for distortions and many of my early photos were wrecked. I then discovered one of the windows opened and I was completely set! I'll post some of my spotting highlights in the bonus below, but if you want to do some spotting in Taipei the Novotel is an outstanding choice!
I had planned to visit a cafe near to runway 05L during the day however this proved to not be necessary as the view from the Novotel was so good and allowed me to see both runways rather than just one. You simply can't beat spotting from a comfy hotel room!
We spent the day of course in the room and packed our bags and headed down to the lobby around 4:15pm to check out with the plan to get the 4:30 shuttle to the airport. Check out was an interesting affair to say the least. When I made my reservation I booked our room and also the late check out which Accor was selling for $30. As we had such a late departure I figured it was worth it as we could leave all our stuff in the room and as I mentioned the original plan was to go off site for spotting during the day and I didn't want to be lugging our bags around. So I entered my credit card details and prepaid for the reservation. I got my confirmation showing amount paid and amount owing at hotel showing as $0.
Imagine my surprise when on check out the agent said I had to pay TWD900 for late check out. Being the prepared type of person that I am I had my printed confirmation with me so I showed it to her confident this was just a simple slip and this would be sorted out within seconds and a laugh. Not so………….She insisted it hadn't been paid. So we went back and forth for a bit, with me simply pointing to the part of my confirmation where it stated in black and white "Amount Due at Hotel: TWD0.00" After a phone call, the agent then told me apparently while it says that the hotel doesn't bill for late checkout when it takes the payment just the room rate. We were getting to a bit of an impasse I wasn't going to back down on this and things got a bit awkward for a while. By this point we had missed the 4:30 shuttle and my wife and I were getting very frustrated. This was not the way we wanted our trip to end. Eventually one of the managers came down to speak with us and again explained that its a difference between corporate and the hotel. Corporate shows what it says on my invoice and the hotel bills something different. I looked up the charge on my card though and it was significantly more than the cost of the hotel room rate. She tried to suggest exchange rate differences between the time it was billed and now which just didn't wash. The CAD had not cratered that badly! She was very nice though and I surprised myself by remaining very calm while being firm and clear. I figure she probably realised that I wasn't going to back down on this and it wasn't worth it anymore because she agreed to waive the "charge" and apologised for the confusion. I mentioned to my wife we had missed the shuttle and that we would now have to wait until 5 for the next one at which point the manager offered to pay for us to take a taxi to the airport. I did say that it wasn't necessary as we had lots of time, but after settling everything at the front desk we were taken to a taxi which was very nice of them. Perhaps they just wanted me gone at that point! I have a friend who is in the hotel industry and spoke with him about it and he confirmed that they were full of it and I was absolutely right to stand my ground. My contract was with Accor and their paperwork was very explicit that there was nothing due at the hotel and that any relationship between corporate and the hotel is nothing to do with me and a smokescreen. So while the Novotel was a great hotel in many ways and the perfect spotting location, I do attach a caveat. Watch their billing especially if you prepay anything and their breakfast buffet was one of the poorest we had in Asia which seems to be a haven for sumptuous breakfast feasts putting hotels in Europe and N America to serious shame!
taoyuan airport and the eva air lounges
Once we had arrived at the airport it was easy enough to find the massive EVA Air check in area.
Somewhat surprisingly given how other airlines approach their best cabin at their main hub there was no specially enclosed private check in area. There was of course dedicated Business and Star Gold check in desks but they were just regular desks. Even Air Canada has an enclosed private area at YYZ. However there was no queue and we were soon checked in and bags appropriately tagged for our journey.
Once we were done there, we were thrown into the regular queue for immigration and security. No Fast Track here which was a bit disappointing. Overall the ground experience at Taipei with BR wasn't very special at all.
Through security and it was off to find the lounges. I had been expecting to be blown away by the lounges here and its safe to say that didn't happen. We entered the joint entrance with the Star and Infinity and were guided off to the right to the Infinity lounge. It all looks very grand and stylish when you enter, the expectation was building that this was going to be special. Unfortunately inside is just a very average lounge. Firstly it was fairly busy so some of the prime seats near the buffet were all taken so we headed off to some seats along the windows. The view was rather uninspiring of the check in area. There are no views outside at all so the whole thing is very dark and full of artificial light.
Feeling a bit let down so far I headed to the buffet area hoping for a pick up. This might well be one of the worst lounge buffet's I've seen. First it was tiny. There is very little to choose from here and the alcohol selection was similarly small and deeply uninspiring. First all the food was almost all Chinese so if you're not a fan of Chinese food you are pretty well out of luck. I understand I'm in Taiwan and flying a Taiwanese airline so I get it, but with so many flights to N America and Europe EVA has a pretty decent chunk of non-native travelers and there was a single Western pasta dish that looked pretty dire. There were also some rancid looking hot dogs that I wasn't touching with a 50ft pole. Hot Dogs in a 5 star Business lounge? The alcohol selection was small although in fairness it did contain some top shelf names. There was no champagne however so it loses a star just for that omission! One nice thing was the freezer with Movenpick ice cream which was a big hit. I picked away at some food that I didn't really enjoy but did manage to enjoy a couple of glasses of chilled wine and a beer or three. My wife who is very into Chinese food was perfectly happy, I just found it all a bit disappointing in all honesty.
Perhaps I'm being harsh, the lounge wasn't terrible but I wasn't wowed, not even close infact. Maybe it was a case of my expectations being too high, but overall I thought this was a disappointingly average experience.
br36 tpe-yyz boarding, cabin and seat
Flight Details: Airline: EVA Air Flight Number: BR36 Departure: Taipei Taoyuan TPE Departure Time: 1948 Arrival: Toronto Pearson YYZ Arrival Time: 2043 Flight Time: 12:55 Travel Date: Wednesday September 26th Class: Business Class Seat: 3A Aircraft: Boeing 777-300ER Registration: B-16726
With boarding scheduled for 1910 we left the lounge around 1845 and took a leisurely walk to gate C8. It appeared that this general area is where all EVA's flights to North America depart from. We had our boarding passes inspected and went down some stairs into the holding area.
Of course 1910 came and went and boarding hadn't started, I should have learned by now that the boarding time never happens! There was an apology announced that boarding was delayed and this triggered a rush of gate lice who didn't bother listening to the announcement but merely heard the word boarding and roared into action. As there were no seats and we were standing anyway we joined the lice in the separate Business Class queue becoming lice ourselves!
Around 1930 boarding started for the special assistance passengers of whom there were many on this flight. There must have been at least a dozen wheelchair passengers. Given how effective wheelchair assistance has been at Toronto for my mum when she arrives in Terminal 1 I can only imagine that some of those poor souls are still there now waiting for a chair to get them off the aircraft.
Soon after Business Class boarding began, there was no real announcement or maybe I just missed it but just a nod of the head and the queue started forwards for the boarding pass scan.
Off we went down the dedicated jetway to door L1 where we were greeted and taken to our seats.
The first thing that strikes you is the EVA cabin is very white. There's not much colour to it except for some green accents on the seat fixtures with the seats themselves being very grey. It's all a bit flat and boring. If you compare it to how beautiful the China Airlines 77W looks this is all very understated. That said nobody ever picked a cabin based on what colour it is, and thankfully EVA's seats are exceptional.
Waiting for us at our seat was some lovely bedding, slippers and noise cancelling headphones.
And also one of the highlights of flying EVA ex-TPE the ever popular Rimowa Amenity kit
Everything was beautifully presented in lovely bags, it just all exuded style and class.
Soon after we were brought the pyjamas and handed food and drink menus
A short while later we were brought a hot towel and asked if we would like a drink.
I spent at least a nano second thinking about the choice before asking for a glass of champagne. Given we were talking Veuve Clicquot La Grande Dame 2006 I think my choice was quite reasonable. It will likely not surprise anyone to know this was not the only glass of this fine champagne I consumed that evening.
Not only were we given a drink to start but a nice chocolate to go with it.
After meal choices were taken and our pre-orders were confirmed. I absolutely loved how every interaction the crew would kneel down to talk to you at eye level. You're always made to feel important and valued on EVA Air
Lets take a quick look at the seat shall we
This was the nerve centre of the seat. Reading light, dual USB ports and power outlet as well as of course the obligatory IFE remote. There was a storage compartment off to the side where I kept my headphones case.
The seat controls were off to the side of the chair just above the armrest. There was so much room in these seats it was very easy to spread out and get very comfortable. These seats were all around superb.
Under the fold out monitor was more storage shelving to the left where I could put most of my things as well as store my slippers until later. I don't know about you all but I keep my shoes on until after take off. I don't fancy having to evacuate in a hurry wearing a pair of airline slippers, so I pop them on once we are safely up in the air.
As you can see legroom is laughably massive. I'm not tall being under 6' but I couldn't even get close to the footrest there was just that much room. There was also some lighting down there as well which was nice to help you see in the storage areas. Everything was completely customisable so you could have it as light or dark as you wanted.
Its quite something how Asian airlines board airplanes. I wish they would share their secrets with the Western World, because its insane how quickly they get boarding done.
Despite starting boarding late we actually pushed back ahead of schedule at 1948 and began the long taxi to 05L
On checking the map and flight info I was absolutely gutted to see our flight time was estimated at a ridiculously short 12:40. This flight averages almost 13:30 so we must have had some serious tailwinds. Just my bloody luck! A flight I had been looking forward to for months and I get cheated out of an hour of it! I didn't want to get home that fast, I wanted to enjoy every second of being in one of the World's best Business Classes. Damn you jetstreams!
It took a while to get to the runway and then start the takeoff run. I was expecting a pretty long roll given how far we were going. The GE90s started to spool up and that magnificent sound marked the end of our trip. It was over, we were on our way home. We got off the ground far faster than I was expecting and more or less headed in a straight line towards the South Coast of Japan.
br36 tpe-yyz amenities
One of the most popular EVA amenities are their Rimowa amenity kits. These used to be standard on all EVA flights but last year the company changed policy so now they are only given out ex-TPE. I hope these are not going to be "enhanced" away completely
The contents were not jaw dropping, the usual eye shade, ear plugs, some Clarins creams, dental kit, hair brush and a glasses cleaner. But the hard shell case is beautiful and I still have it at home.
I took this shot at home after the event, but here are all the things you get on EVA and why its soft product is so loved. Rimowa Amenity Kit, very comfy Slippers, socks and pyjamas. All beautifully bagged and presented. You almost feel like you've been shoplifting after an EVA Air flight!
I still have and use the pyjamas, they are awesome and so nice to see airlines still giving out Business Class pyjamas. Yet another thing to hope doesn't get "enhanced" away in the years to come. You could certainly get used to being spoiled like this
br36 tpe-yyz menus
Everything on EVA Air is presented so beautifully. The menu and drink lists are no exceptions
I'm sorry these are all portrait style pictures
Of course EVA Air allows you to pre-book your meal beforehand on their website which is a really useful feature to avoid those awkward situations where they run out of your preferred dish.
There's a large cash prize for anyone who can correctly guess what I had for my main :D
The second meal however was a disaster for me!
Veuve Clicquot La Grand Dame………well don't mind if I do!
So much choice
You're not going to go thirsty on an EVA flight
And a final, special insert
br36 tpe-yyz meal service
After we departed we were quickly into bumpy air. Unfortunately this continued for several hours and it was pretty steady continuous moderate chop. It was by far the most turbulent flight I've ever had/ The air didn't smooth out until we were several hours North of Japan and out over the Pacific.
That said it didn't hold back the crew who delivered a flawless service.
Drinks were soon offered and I took a top up of my champagne. Why mess with a winning formula?
We were also brought a small appetizer of shrimp and crab meat in an egg crepe parcel and goat cheese in a mini tartlet. No picture of that as it didn't appeal at all and I asked to pass.
The meal service was the most impressive and elaborate I have yet seen on an airplane.
We were presented with the stunning signature EVA linens
I mentioned how beautiful the linens were to the crew member and she explained that the deer head is an important Taiwanese national symbol which was one of many of the wonderful interactions with this superb crew, who were never rushed in their and all spoke flawless English.
Now it may surprise anyone who has read any of my reports so far that I actually ate all of this. While it absolutely falls into my category of "fancy food" it was quite tasty. Not sure about anyone else but I'm far more willing to try different things on an airplane than I am at other times. If I saw this on a menu at a restaurant I'd be "No way, ever!" I guess there is something about not having a choice that makes you either try something or go without!
The table presentation was beautiful, the cutlery beautifully wrapped in a bright orange napkin and even the paper wrap on that was beautifully detailed. First the side plate was delivered with butter, olive oil and salt and pepper together with a bread bowl. I kept with the champagne and added some water to drink and then this starter of smoked salmon, champagne jelly and goose liver mousse was served (I'm going to guess that is the politically correct way of naming foie gras these days as isn't that exactly what foie gras is?) Bread was then offered from a basket and we were ready to start!
This was a very tasty starter and I think I surprised even myself by eating it all.
Of course the perfect and attentive crew notice the moment you finish and come to clear away the empties and ask if you are ready for the next course.
The next course was a delightful beetroot and celery soup. I've only ever heard good things about airplane soup, the consensus seems to be that no matter the airline you can't screw up soup. This would be my first airplane soup and it was again delicious.
More bread was offered and gratefully accepted
Once that was consumed it was time for the salad course
A very basic garden salad that was nevertheless in keeping with the rest of the meal and of very nice quality.
Once that was gone it was time for the main and I'll be you can't guess what I had?
I know right, you're shocked I had the beef!
Such beautiful presentation and good grief did it ever taste good.
At this point even I was getting full but there was no way I was going to skip dessert. I just elected to have the ice cream at this point and a very frozen tub of Haagen Dazs was delivered. Mmmmm Belgian chocolate. I had to wait a while for it to be edible but it was the perfect way to wrap up a fabulous meal.
It was getting late and as people were wrapping up dinner it was time to darken the cabin and finish up the service.
I still had some of my wine left over (Yes white wine with beef again lol) and I had a cup of tea as my nightcap.
Its difficult not to slip into superlatives when talking EVA Air Business Class dinner. Its got a very First Class hint to it.
I don't remember how long the service took but it didn't drag out and neither was it rushed, it just seemed to all fit together perfectly and completely individually. The crew must have to work their socks off, but it all looked so effortless and co-ordinated. I can't say enough good things about how well the EVA crew work. The service was absolute perfection.
By this point I was ready for sleep.
Off I went in my EVA slippers to the washroom with my pyjamas in hand ready to change. The washroom wasn't the biggest so getting changed was a logistical challenge and at one point I did crash into the door. I was hoping that the crew wouldn't open it to make sure I was OK as I was standing there in just my underwear at that point and the embarrasment meter would have been off the charts.
Fortunately I was left to fend for myself and managed to change into my stylish pyjamas without further harm! I returned to my seat, popped my clothes into my bag and readied my seat for some rest.
Bottles of Fiji water were handed out and a lovely flight attendant came over to help me turn my seat into a bed with the mattress pad, quilted blanket and pillow. The cabin was turned into a starry night sky and I climbed into my little cocoon and set off for a snooze.
Now as it was fairly early body clock wise I figured I would get maybe 3/4 hours of sleep. All in I ended up with 7! Here's a classic example of the EVA Air touch. So I attach my GoPro to one of the windows when I board using the suction cup mount and I leave it there all flight so I can record take off and landing. Now because I'm stupid sometimes I totally forgot we would be hitting daylight at some point. We were taking off at night and landing in YYZ at night and for some reason I convinced myself we would be in darkness all night so I left my GoPro on the window and went to sleep.
What of course I had stupidly forgotten was that we were heading East away from the Sunset and back into the day. I had closed my one window shade but left the one where my GoPro was up because I couldn't close it anyway with the GoPro attached and hey it was going to be dark anyway While I was fast asleep obviously we then hit daylight. Rather than disturb me or try to take my GoPro down a crew member stuffed a pillow over my window to cover it up and block out the light. I woke briefly at some point and noticed. I took the GoPro down and closed the shade so as not to be a further menace to the rest of the cabin. But I thought that was so thoughtful. They could have easily woken me up as it was my silliness that was at fault in the first place.
When I finally woke I was stunned to see where we were!
By this point we were over the Canadian midwest and only 2 and a half hours from Toronto! You can see the groundspeed showing a rather rapid 637mph I couldn't believe how long I had slept for, but clearly I was very comfy!
It actually ended up really hurting me because once we got home that night I couldn't get to sleep and was still awake at 3am!
Passing over Humboldt, a place that sadly isn't just one of those non-descript places you only ever see on airplane maps, but a town that is forever scarred by the horrendous bus tragedy involving the Broncos hockey team.
It was soon time for the second meal service. Now I thought on the menu that I was getting the Pork and Turkey with salad. What I didn't realise was that was just the starter portion and it was followed by Mussel and Squid with Ravioli. I don't like any of those things!
This part was very nice and tasty
This was not!
At first I thought that a mistake had been made, I said that I had ordered the Pork and Turkey not seafood, but of course in my somewhat groggy state I couldn't find my menu (because I'd already put them in my bag so that I [strike]could take them home [/strike] I mean borrow them for trip reporting purposes obviously!). The poor crew member must have thought that I had completely lost the plot and after a while I found the menu on the IFE screen and it finally sunk in. I felt like a complete moron, so when she returned I apologised and tried to explain my confusion. I left it untouched and with a look of great concern she asked if she could get me anything else. I declined though as I was still quite full from dinner and I didn't want to make extra work for her after being such a buffoon.
As we headed further East we saw our second sunset of the day
The low sun shining through the back of the GE90 illuminating the inner core
The sky outside was just beautiful
A blanket of clouds over Canada
The stars come out! What a sight
Darkness descened once again
There was further drinks service before we started out descent into Toronto on the BOXUM3 arrival which I know well.
Sadly there would be no delays into YYZ tonight and we flew the arrival around for an approach onto RW23
After a very nice landing on 23 we made the long taxi down E for Terminal 1.
We pulled onto our gate and that was it. Our 3 week trek around Asia was over and that was a sucky feeling for sure. It was back to dealing with the harsh realities of every day life.
I really like T1 at Toronto. We were off the aircraft quickly via door L2 as the other cabins were held back to let Business Class passengers off first. We were quickly through Immigration using the automated kiosks and only had a short wait for our bags which were among the first onto the belt. Either airports are getting way better at processing priority bags or I've had amazing luck because of all the Business Class flights we've done our bags have always been really fast to appear. Its one of the features of flying J that I've come to appreciate a lot.
If you have followed this series from the start thank you and I hope its been interesting and enjoyable.
Its been a blast writing these reports and I've learned much to make my reports better in future.
Thank you all for your time and comments
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Some plane spotting from the Novotel Taipei Airport
China Airlines 77W with Dreamliner livery
China Airlines A350-900
EVA Air A321 Gudatama
EVA Air A330-300 Bad Batz-Maru - I managed to snap all of the EVA Air logojets! Score!
Far Eastern Air Transport Maddog
JC International Airlines A320
Turkish Airlines 77W
Air China A330-300 landing in the rain
China Eastern Yunnan Peacock 737-700
Cathay A350-900 doing some runway drying
Hong Kong Airlines brand new A350-900
Probably my favourite movement, China Postal 737-400F
More EVA Hello Kitty madness
Even on an A321
Departures were on 05L all the time except for about 30 minutes during the day. This EVA A330-200 is leaving for HKG from 05R
And finally this was our ride in from KUL 2 days before. You can see the new taxiway is right infront of the Novotel. Perfection!
EVA Air / The Infinity
Taipei - TPE
Toronto - YYZ
I found the EVA ground experience to be greatly underwhelming. No ground service at all, not even a fast track security and the lounge didn't do anything for me.
That all changed onboard though. From start to finish EVA's product is exceptional. The seat is wonderful. Very roomy and lots of storage and incredibly comfortable for sleeping on. The IFE appeared to be very good although I barely used it on this flight. The bedding and amenties are out of this World. Rimowa amenity kits, slippers and pyjamas Business Class? There's not much out there that can compete with that. It's a truly industry leading product and when people claim its the best J across the Pacific I'd have to agree. I'd certainly like to experience anything better than this!
The food service was more of a banquet than an airplane meal. Everything about it was perfect and EVA gets a thumbs up for being able to preorder your main beforehand.
I loved my EVA Air experience, if they could do just a bit more on the ground then it would be so far ahead of anyone else as to be out of sight, that said this is most definitely a World Class product and everyone who like to travel should have this on their aviation bucket list. To say I would love to try EVA Business again would be a massive understatement
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