EVA Bringing Hello Kitty Hand-in-Hand Jet Back to L.A.
Specially painted plane scheduled Tuesday, Thursday, Saturday
TAIPEI, TAIWAN (February 5, 2017) – EVA Air is bringing its popular Hello Kitty Hand-in-Hand Jet back to Los Angeles, starting March 27, 2018. It will fly the specially painted plane between Los Angeles International Airport (LAX) and Taipei’s Taoyuan International Airport (TPE) on Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday, three of the 21 weekly nonstop flights it operates on the route. Travelers can learn more about EVA’s Hello Kitty and Sanrio Family jets at http://www.evakitty.com/en/index.html and book flights on the cheerful aircraft through travel agents, the airline’s reservations hotlines (800-695-1188/North America) and online at www.evaair.com.
The colorful Boeing 777-300ER is configured with three cabins, Royal Laurel Class business, Premium Economy and Economy. EVA BR005 will leave LAX at 11:55 am (11:55) and get into TPE at 5:05 pm (17:05) the next day. Return flight BR006 is scheduled to depart TPE at 10:10 am (10:10) and arrive in LAX at 6:50 am (6:50). Flight time from LAX to TPE is 14 hrs. and 10 mins. From TPE to LAX, it’s 11 hrs. and 40 mins.
EVA created its Hello Kitty and Sanrio Family Jets to make flying fun. It embellished the Hand-in-Hand Jet inside and out with Hello Kitty and her Sanrio friends and launched it on the Los Angeles – Taipei route in September 2013. It rerouted the festive aircraft to the Taipei – Paris route in October 2014.
EVA and Sanrio worked together to design livery and in-flight service items for the Hand-in-Hand Jet that bridge cultural barriers and invite global exchanges among passengers and people they meet during their travels. The always charming Hello Kitty gives travelers a warm welcome as she joins hands with Sanrio family and friends of different shapes and sizes, standing together from nose to tail of the aircraft on both sides. Along with Hello Kitty and Dear Daniel, characters on the plane include My Melody, Kuromi, Little Twin Stars, Cinnamoroll, Pompom Purin and Bad Badtz-Maru. The EVA Hand-in-Hand Jet features 19 Sanrio characters.
The Hello Kitty Jet experience begins at airport check-in with Hello Kitty boarding passes and baggage stickers. Onboard, the cabin crew wears light-green Hello Kitty Jet aprons and passengers use service items decorated with the irresistible characters. Service items include Hello Kitty headrest covers, pillows, tissue, hand cream, hand-washing liquid, napkins, paper cups, utensils and snacks. EVA refreshes these inflight service item designs frequently. It also offers Hello Kitty and Sanrio Family duty-free items that fans can buy through the EVA Sky Shop online or inflight.
EVA flies seven of the specially painted aircraft on routes within Asia, and, long-haul, to Chicago and, soon, to Los Angeles. Its other Hello Kitty planes are the Shining Star, Joyful Dream, Celebration Flight and Friendship Bows. Its Sanrio-family aircraft are the gudetama Comfort Flight and Bad Badtz-Maru Travel Fun planes.
About EVA Air
EVA Air, a Star Alliance member, was established in 1989 as Taiwan’s first privately owned international airline. It is part of the respected Evergreen Group and a sister company to global container-shipping leader Evergreen Line. It flies a fleet of more than 70 Boeing and Airbus aircraft to more than 60 international destinations throughout Asia, Oceania, Europe and North America where gateways are Chicago, Houston, Los Angeles, New York, San Francisco, Seattle, Toronto and Vancouver. With just one easy stop in Taipei, travelers can connect onward to every major city in Asia, including 17 destinations in China. Travelers can learn more about EVA’s Hello Kitty and Sanrio Family Jets, along with routes they serve, at http://www.evakitty.com/en/index.html and book, buy and reserve seats on all flights at www.evaair.com.