Last summer, I travelled to the Philippines for the 70th birthday celebration of my father. It was a very short visit since I needed to be back home for work. I've always wanted to try EVA Air's Hello Kitty Jet so I booked my flight from Stockholm to Fukuoka using Avianca Lifemiles. From Fukuoka, I flew on a budget carrier to Tokyo, and from Tokyo I flew on Singapore Airlines Suites to Singapore, and then first class to Manila on the same airline using my Kris Flyer Miles. On my way back to Stockholm, I flew on Cathay Pacific First Class and Finnair Business Class using my AA Advantage Miles. This trip allowed me to test EVA Air Hello Kitty, Singapore Suites and Cathay Pacific First Class all for the first time and I couldn't be more satisfied.
SAS Summer Pop Up Lounge, Arlanda T5 (ARN)
SAS Plus Stockholm-London
Singapore Airlines Silver Kris Lounge, London (LHR)
United Club, London Heathrow (LHR)
EVA Air Royal Laurel Class, London-Bangkok
New EVA Air Lounge, Bangkok (BKK)
EVA Air Royal Laurel Class, Bangkok-Taipei
Hotel Novotel Taipei Taoyuan Airport
EVA Air The Infinity Lounge Taipei (TPE)
EVA Air Premium Laurel Class Hello Kitty Jet, Taipei-Fukuoka
Hilton Fukuoka Sea Hawk
ANA Suite Lounge Satellite 5 T1 Tokyo Narita (NRT)
Singapore Airlines A380 Suites Class, Tokyo-Singapore
Singapore Airlines The Private Room, Changi Airport (SIN)
Singapore Airlines First Class, Singapore-Manila
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Sofitel Philippine Plaza Manila
Cathay Pacific First & Business Class Lounge, NAIA (MNL)
Cathay Pacific Business Class, Manila-Hongkong
Cathay Pacific The Pier First Class Lounge, Hongkong (HKG)
Cathay Pacific The Wing First Class Lounge, Hongkong (HKG)
Cathay Pacific First Class, Hongkong-Frankfurt
Air France-KLM Lounge, Frankfurt (FRA)
Finnair Business Class, Frankfurt-Helsinki
Hilton Helsinki Kalastajatorppa
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Finnair Premium Lounge, Helsinki Airport (HEL)
Finnair Business Class, Helsinki-Stockholm
Departure in Taipei: 8:10
Arrival in Fukuoka: 11:20
Equipment: Airbus A330-300
Flight duration: 2h 10m
Date of flight: July 8, 2015
*This is an award travel, Business class flight #86
Flying on EVA Air's Hello Kitty jet was not originally on my plan since from Taiwan, I thought I would just fly on PAL or Cebu Pacific and arrive in Manila a few days before my father's birthday. But since I've always wanted to fly on "the coolest jet on the planet", I thought I'd find a route where the Hello Kitty jet flies and book a seat for myself. Luckily, I found a seat on their morning flight to Fukuoka which suited my schedule so I immediately booked it using my Avianca miles. After staying one night in Fukuoka, I flew on Jetstar to Tokyo Narita, and from Tokyo I flew on Singapore Airlines to Manila via Singapore. My simple direct flight from Taipei to Manila turned out as a four flight trip and as tiring as it had been, it was surely worth it!
Taipei Taoyuan Airport (TPE)
Hotel Novotel Taoyuan Airport at 5:30am which got me to the airport's Terminal 2 entrance around 5:35.
The Infinity Lounge. Although it was not my first time visiting a lounge in Terminal 2 (I have visited China Airlines Lounge in 2014) it was my first time visiting an EVA Air Lounge so I tried to maximize it by visiting two other lounges namely The Star and The Club which I thought were all nice lounges.
Aircraft, Airbus A330-300
EVA Air's "Hello Kitty Around the World" jet
Boarding, gate C2
From Eva Air's website, this route normally uses the smaller "Hello Kitty Loves Apples" jet which is an Airbus A330-200 with 24 seats in Premium Laurel Class and 228 seats in economy class. It turned out that the flight had to use a bigger aircraft (lots of passengers booked) so today, it is the "Hello Kitty Around The World" jet with 30 seats in Premium Laurel Class (10 of which were taken) and 279 in economy class.
Arrival in Fukuoka
No doubt, this flight was one of the coolest flights I have been on. I have seen pictures of the Hello Kitty jet on the internet many times but being able to fly on one was definitely magical. The Hello Kitty pillows, table napkins, toothpick, coaster, tissue paper and cup were all so beautiful and brought out the "kid" in me. I have to say that EVA Air coming up with this idea of Hello Kitty jets was very original so kudos to that! The food which was presented with a Hello Kitty design tasted great as well. And last but not the least, the crew on this flight were simply fantastic. They took care of me so well and of course, I simply can not thank them enough for the gifts/souvenirs I got. I am not sure when I will be able to fly on the Hello Kitty jet again but as an aviation geek, (sort of) this flight has surely left a special place in my heart. To all the crew on this flight, thank you so much!
EVA Air Business Class, Singapore-Taipei
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