MEGA Photo Gallery: 77 Pics of EVA Air's Hello Kitty 777 Party
"This Hello Kitty jet is for everyone. On it, every day is a happy day. We are spreading a message of happiness." - EVA Air's Chairman (and Captain) K.W. Chang
In 2005, EVA Air painted Hello Kitty on the side of a plane. Then they did it again in 2006. The two planes turned frowns upside-down for a few years, but went away in 2008. Then, in 2011, we showed you the return of the Hello Kitty planes, though these newest versions only flitted around Asia at the time. Now, the US finally gets in on the kawaii action as the airline debuts their first Hello Kitty Boeing 777 and a first trans-Pacific route for the cute Sanrio character: Taipei to Los Angeles.
"Other airlines only do the exterior job [of theming a plane], but we've done it all," says Chang. "We want everyone to share our world," before connecting to other Star Alliance flights and returning to their world. You've already read the 11 coolest facts about these airplanes, but see exactly what Chang is talking about in our 77 original photos of outside, inside, and all around the new 777:
So, why does Los Angeles get to have all the fun? The answer is twofold. LAX is a major port for Asia departures and EVA, enjoying the spotlight after becoming the newest member of the Star Alliance, is game to show off in a high-profile airport. Then there's also the fact that EVA Air's Chairman was educated in LA and considers the city his second home after Taipei. Since EVA offers 17 flights every week between Taiwan and LA, why not make a few Hello Kitty-theme?
To fly on Hello Kitty's newest route between Taipei and Los Angeles, book EVA Air flight numbers BR15 (LAX-TPE) on Monday, Thursday or Sunday and BR16 (TPE-LAX) on Sunday, Wednesday and Friday. To check out the other five aircraft and their Asia routes, visit EVA Air's official Hello Kitty flight site.
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