EVA Air is the second largest airline in Taiwan and based out of Taipei. They fly all over the world and are fully international. In terms of service, they are considered one of the best and often appear in top ten lists. Something cool that I found out about whilst reading their inflight magazine is that they do themed flights. They have planes that are decorated with Hello Kitty and other anime characters. Not only is the outside of the plane done up but also onboard they serve appropriate cookies and the interiors are done. I’ve no idea how to get on one of those flights but it would sure be a fun adventure – hit me up EVA Air haha.
Flying with EVA Air was a delight from Guilin to Taipei. First off Guilin airport is tiny and as we were the only international flight going out the whole gate area was empty with just our flight. We again booked with Ctrip and everything was easy sailing. Make sure you have a copy/proof of any outgoing flights you have after this one as we did get quizzed on that at the check-in desk. Once airside they had us board the plane in groups which isn’t unusual, however to announce each group they had a man hold the number above his head and walk around the terminal (similar to a wrestling match announcing the different rounds) – quite bizarre.
Once on the plane we were treated with it being quite empty and therefore having extra space. The decor was green to match their branding with dashes of grey and pastels. Again it wasn’t a huge plane as the flight was only a few hours and it was a 3, aisle, 3 lay out on an A321-200. The seats were quite comfortable and everyone was given a pillow which is always a nice touch. Legroom was pretty standard but because the plane was empty I could stretch out.
As it was such a short flight I wasn’t expecting anything fancy but when the food service came round I was quite taken aback. I had the vegetarian option which was a tofu dish with rice, some kind of aubergine salad, a berry jelly and EVA Air branded apple juice. They also supplied a dental floss pick (very considerate) and the cutlery was actual metal – very super swanky. There were no seatback entertainment systems but they have overhead televisions that were playing documentaries. It was a super easy flight and just sort of happened without me really thinking about it.
I would for sure fly with EVA Air again. No real complaints here as the service was great, the air stewards were very friendly and attentive and I got to Taipei safe and sound. As we were flying out of Guilin which is teeny tiny and our plane was half full, that probably helped with the relaxing atmosphere. Maybe if you fly with EVA Air out of a busier airport on a more popular route you might feel a little differently? I’d like to try flying with them again and see if I have a similar enjoyable experience or not but for now I’m one happy chappy.