When I used to own a store and import housewares from South East Asia I was very lucky to be able to go to Bangkok a few times a year. EVA air was my favorite way to fly because they offer an amazing premium economy class all the way to Bangkok which is a 20 some odd hour trip so any extra comfort you can snag is important, best of all EVA’s Evergreen Deluxe (premium economy) is only a few hundred dollars more than coach so if it was a very affordable way to make the flight bearable.
EVA has several Hello Kitty themed planes, I thought this was just a quirky, funny Asian fascination with Hello Kitty and that they did the planes up with Hello Kitty characters as, well, fun…then recently I was reading one of my favorite travel blogs One Mile at a Time where the blogger “Lucky” is totally into the whole Hello Kitty thing and was super excited to be flying on one of EVA’s Hello Kitty flights.
Now this is where is gets a bit surreal for me….it’s not, I discover, just the outside of the plane, it’s the entire journey that is Hello Kitty themed and if you start your trip in Taipei even the gate has been decorated like some Hello Kitty acid trip.
They really gone all out almost everything on the plane is Hello Kitty themed: Hello Kitty Boarding Passes, Pillows, toilet paper, a fly kitty website they even have Hello Kitty branded food. Below is the Hello Kitty Foie Gras which is served in business class:And dessert is served with Hello Kitty cocoa art (don’t ask me what the dessert is…It sort of looks like spaghetti)
As weird as I think this is I also think it’s great fun and give EVA credit for actually being fun, airlines are so serious for the most part and it’s kind of great that they took the Hello Kitty theme and ran with it…
To get a full overview of the Hello Kitty flying experience I heartily encourage you read the full posting here.
I’d love to go on a trip with Lucky where we could have a discussion about airplane food and both blog about.