I have a confession to make. We planned a trip to Taipei, Taiwan for the sole purpose of experiencing EVA Air’s Hello Kitty jet. A friend of mine shared an article about it on her Facebook sometime last year and it immediately went onto my bucket list. I can’t say I’m a die hard Hello Kitty fan, but I appreciate cute when I see it and this is cute!
The check-in line at Incheon Airport in Seoul, South Korea was horrendously long and the staff seemed to be overly thorough, but it was hard to get irritated because we (okay, maybe just me) were so excited about our trip.
Everything about this flight screamed Hello Kitty, from the check-in signs, to the luggage tags, to the boarding passes!
Once we got to the gate, we oohed and ahhed over the plane and then immediately stood in line to board. It was the smartest thing we could have done.
We were the first economy passengers on the plane and it left us with plenty of time to snap lots of photos before the plane started filling up. If you are one of the last to board, you don’t get the full effect because all of the cute seat covers are covered by heads.
It’s so nice that they give you pillows. I always love having a pillow when I fly with Dave because it gives me a comfortable cushion when I inevitably rest my head on his shoulder. Luckily, he doesn’t mind.
While everyone boarded, a charming song and Hello Kitty animation played over all of the monitors in the back of the seats.
One of my favorite non-Hello Kitty things about the flight was the safety video they played. Taiwanese animations are amazing and we thought the video was pretty funny.
And of course, there was more information on the Hello Kitty card in our seat back pockets.
And if you’re feeling sick, Hello Kitty is there to comfort you.
While I won’t rave about the food they served us on the flight, the presentation was pretty fantastic.
After the meal, things on the plane felt pretty normal and you almost forgot you were on a Hello Kitty jet. That is, until you went to the bathroom. All of the toiletries were Hello Kitty.
We also loved Taipei! The city was so much better than we expected and was the perfect place for a long weekend away from Korea.
One of the highlights of our trip was leaving though. That sounds harsh, but because EVA air is one of Taiwan’s leading airlines, Taipei’s Taoyuan International Airport had even more Hello Kitty goodness, including an area dedicated to self check-in for all of the Hello Kitty jets. They have services from Taipei to Los Angeles, Seoul, Tokyo (Narita & Haneda), Sapporo, Fukuoka, Shanghai, Hong Kong and Guam.
If one day you find yourself flying the Hello Kitty jet, be sure to head to the gate in time to browse through the Sanrio store and take lots of photos along the way.
You can find more information about the EVA Air’s Hello Kitty flights on their website.