For years, the Taiwanese airline EVA Air has been sending their passengers around Asia in aircraft dedicated to the adorable Sanrio icon, Hello Kitty. Fortunately for West Coast fans of Hello Kitty, the airline's themed jet is finally beginning regular service to Los Angeles.
Passengers can now book a seat on the Hello Kitty jet, flying from Los Angeles to Taipei three times per week. (EVA Air already offers thrice-weekly Hello Kitty service from Chicago to Taipei.)
While the Hello Kitty paint job certainly stands out on the tarmac, the themed experience actually begins at check-in. The airline has provided designated cherry blossom pink Hello City ticket counters, where passengers navigate their way through stars and bows as they print out a boarding pass embossed with the adorable character.
EVA Air has seven jets decked out in Hello Kitty livery. The character is emblazoned on the side of the aircraft, with each plane featuring a different scene. The aircraft flying to Los Angeles, for example, depicts Hello Kitty holding hands with other Sanrio (the Japanese kawaii company behind Hello Kitty) characters.
Onboard, the airline sticks to the theme whenever possible: the pillows, utensils, food, soap, crew uniforms, and even the sick bags and toilet paper all nod to Hello Kitty. Flight attendants even serve pink champagne, and install Hello Kitty air fresheners in the bathrooms, according to One Mile At a Time.
EVA Air previously operated a Hello Kitty route between Los Angeles and Taipei in 2013, but changed the route to service Paris in 2014.
Flights between Los Angeles and Taipei on the Hello Kitty jet are available from $920 round-trip, according to a recent search on EVA Air’s booking tool.