My final post in my SE Asia trip reports, sorry it took so long! This was one of the coolest parts of our trip, the business class flight home. Here are my previous posts:
I was going to do a post on our night at the Intercontinental Singapore, but for some odd and embarrassing reason, we cannot find a single picture from that stay, even though we took many pictures. Perhaps we just misplaced an SD card, but if I ever find those pictures, I’ll post that one.
After our (very nice) night there, we took the amazing Singapore train back to Changi Airport for our afternoon flight to Taipei, with a two hour layover there, then onwards to JFK. It would be a 5 hour initial flight, followed by a 15 hour leg, so I was hoping our seats were comfortable. Were they ever!
The exterior of EVA airlines is not all that impressive, I guess I wasn’t initially as struck by it as by other carriers.
Fortunately, we were able to board right away, and when we got to our seats, we were very pleased with what we saw. The cabin configuration is reverse herringbone in a 1-2-1 style, and the seats are all completely layflat. Even though the middle two seats somewhat face each other, there is still a lot of privacy with the center divider.
The amenity kit was by Rimowa, with a very convenient carrying case, which I’ve been using ever since for toiletries. There was nothing spectacular inside, but some nice moisturizers, toothpaste, nightmask, etc. We also got very well functioning noise-cancelling earphones, some comfy (and not bad looking) EVA pajamas, booties, and a super plush comforter, which I wanted to take with me but wasn’t allowed to.
Even though there were two separate flights, they were both essentially the same cabin layout, and had the same excellent service of the flight crew. The only real difference was the meal selections.
We did check out the Royal Laurel lounge in Taipei, which was huge, incredibly well-stocked with food and booze, and with incredibly conscientious staff, the type of which you just don’t find in the US. Me being classy and sophisticated, I went with a hot dog and beer. There are 4 different EVA lounges in Taipei, depending on which class of service you are, plus a transit hotel; we went with The Infinity lounge, which they describe as their futuristic lounge space. There are “themed” showers, but we didn’t have enough time to check them out.
The bathrooms on board the flight were large (not A380 large), well lit, clean and with excellent amenities. They were frequently cleaned throughout our flight.
The food on board wasn’t delicious, but it was very good, and plentiful, and came accompanied by some fantastic cocktails, including Dom Perignon, which I’m not a huge fan of honestly. Here is a representative selection of what is served.
Here is the stock photo on the website
Here is me greedily chowing down!
My wife and I both slept over 7 hours, I finished the two books I was working on, and we still saw several movies (15 hours is a long time, even in layflat business class). I had to get up twice during the flight to do some exercises, and the flight attendant was quite startled to see me doing dips between the seats while most of the passengers slept.
Overall it was an amazing flight. If I have to do another trans-Pacific flight, which I know I will be doing in the future, EVA will definitely be on my shortlist of go-to airlines.
Of note, on their TPE-JFK service, they offer complimentary shuttle service from JFK down to major cities in NJ then on into Philadelphia. We had not known about this until the day of our flight, and were supposed to have arranged it earlier, but they were very gracious and let us jump on to go to Philly as it wasn’t fully packed on the shuttle. Kudos EVA!