Flying on Flight Hello Kitty!
The international Hello Kitty Eva Airlines Flight has finally come to America! When I read about its debut, I knew I had to book it for my next international flight! I had gone on a EVA Air Hello Kitty domestic flight before from Taiwan to Hong Kong, but that was 3+ years ago. I was very excited to see how the international flight from LAX (Los Angeles) to Taiwan would be and how it would compare to its domestic Asian counterpart.
EVA Air and Sanrio teamed up to create special designs for their international Hello Kitty planes. Every so often, EVA Air changes the design and theme of the Hello Kitty aircraft and the subsequent inside decor of the plane. They have 6 designs to choose from. I was on the hand-in-hand themed one where Hello Kitty and all her character friends are happily holding hands.
Let's take a look at the experience before boarding at the Los Angeles International Airport:
There's a cute little Sanrio shop right across from your boarding gate. Very fitting, although I must say the Hello Kitty shop at the Taiwan Airport spanks this by miles. No comparison at all. This US one is brand new too. C'mon guys, let's step up our game!!!
So let's take a look around:
My pillow. It's worth nothing that the pillows and headrest piece are different depending on what class you are sitting on. This was on the Elite Class. I will be returning on Business Class to accurately share the differences in decor and service.
Each Hello Kitty flight has different limited edition items you can only purchase on that particular flight. If you ask for it, they also have complimentary puzzles and playing cards they offer flyers to pass time. The puzzles and cards also go with the theme of the plane.
Inside the bathroom are Hello Kitty amenities. You have soap, moisturizing mist, lotion, etc. Wash your hands with Hello Kitty soap, moisturize with Hello Kitty lotion, and spray your face with Hello Kitty mist. Feel nausey? There are Hello Kitty vomit bags as well.
My impression was that depending on what class you are sitting in on the international long haul flight, your Hello Kitty experience will vary immensely. This was a big change from my previous experience on the domestic flight. Even the TVs were Hello Kitty and blankets. The rice was also in the shape of Hello Kitty's head.
During the flight, I took a stroll back to the Economy class to check things out. There was barely any Hello Kitty back there. The theme seemed like an afterthought. It would be a shame if you sat in the Economy class for the Hello Kitty flight since there's a possibility you wouldn't even notice the HK theme. I was on the Elite Class of EVA Air so I’ll be returning to the States on Business to get the Hello Kitty experience and see what the difference is.
FYI: I'm not Hello Kitty obsessed by any means. I just enjoy cute things, but if you're gonna do a theme, you need to do it well!