This was part of a trip I took last year, where I used 150,000 Aeroplan points for a business class trip from Toronto to Asia, visiting Chicago, Tokyo, Seoul, Taipei, Hongkong, Bangkok, Beijing, and Vancouver along the way. This report will cover the entire flight experience going from Taipei Taoyuan airport to Hongkong airport.
Typically from Taipei to Hongkong roundtrip in business class will only cost you 30,000 Aeroplan miles, the easiest way to obtain miles is getting the free 25,000 signup bonus from American Express card.
Taoyuan airport is about 40km north east of the city center. You can take either a taxi or bus to the airport, both options are very convenient. We opted to take the taxi, and it should be around 1000 NTD, which converts to about 30 CAD.
At the airport, there is a dedicated section for checking in to the Hello Kitty flights, inside this pink room.
Of course, you also get a themed boarding pass, and zone 1 boarding priority as a business class benefit.
I purposely booked this flight (BR857) from EVA Airlines knowing that it will be a Hello Kitty plane just for the experience. Below are all the routes they are operating with these planes. Keep in mind these routes change, so always check on EVA’s website for the most recent information.
One of the perks with business class is that you get free lounge access. As soon as you pass security, proceed to the second level for all the business and first class lounges. Two of EVA’s best lounges at TPE are actually right next to each other. On your right is the Infinity lounge, with a more modern and flashy design; on your right is the Star lounge, a bit toned down on the design. Both offers the same food and beverage selection.
This lounge offers a nice spread of food and beverage selections, I had some beef soup noodles, dim sum, a beer, and finished with Movenpick ice cream.
I have to say the noodles and baked sweet potatoes were absolutely amazing!
After a brief hour eating and finishing some work at the lounge, we headed to the gate at T-40
I don’t like the gates as TPE as you can’t really get good shots of your plane, the photo below was taken from a secret stairs that led to the second level, and it was the best shot I could get.
Soon boarding was called for elderly and families, then Zone 1. EVA uses the A330-300 for these short haul flights, business class seats are in 2-2-2 layout. The seats are similar to domestic business/first class recliners, nothing to write home about. Plenty of leg room, though recline was a bit limited compared to other carriers.
There were lots of kids on the plane, and they were all super excited and taking photos of the cabin.
We were served a full meal despite the 2 hour short flight. Onboard meals was never a strength for EVA, you could tell the vegetables were cooked from frozen. Though they were flavourful and I finished most of it.
Overall it was an interesting experience, since it was my first time being on a themed plane. I later regretted not checking out the lavatory because I knew there were also kitty themed toilet paper and amenities.
Hope you enjoyed this trip report!