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EVA Air to Fly Brand New Hello Kitty 777 Nonstop Between Houston and Taipei

December 17, 2014 at 5:09 PM | by | ()

OMG OMG OMG. We have good news and great news, both related to Hello Kitty and a certain airline fond of covering their planes in the illustrated character.

First, the good news:

Taipei-based EVA Air will soon add another Hello Kitty aircraft to their fleet, bringing the total to 7 airplanes covered in Sanrio cuteness. The theme hasn't yet been leaked, but the plane—the second Boeing 777-300ER to sport a Hello Kitty livery (the other five are Airbus A330s)—will be delivered in May 2015. Inside will be 333 seats: 39 business class, 56 premium economy, 238 economy.

Now, the great news:

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All Singapore Wants for Christmas is a Hello Kitty Airplane

August 19, 2014 at 12:33 PM | by | ()

If we’ve learned one thing about the world in the last few years, it is that Hello Kitty is only gaining in ubiquity. From airport shops and her own Los Angeles convention to kitty-print toilet paper and every accessory under the sun, the cartoon cat missing a mouth has steamrolled beyond Barbie, the X-Men, and more in her quest for world domination.

Since 2005, that success has included airplanes, with Taiwanese carrier EVA Airways debuting Airbus A330s (and, last year, an extra special Boeing 777-300ER) covered tip to tail in Hello Kitty imagery. When we say tip to tail, we mean even the interior; the Hello Kitty flights, of which there are 6 regular routes originating in Taipei (Los Angeles, Seoul, Hong Kong, Tokyo, Fukuoka, Hokkaido), please passengers with Hello Kitty-theme in-flight shopping, in-flight entertainment, and in-flight meals.

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Watch the World's Most Famous Soup Dumplings Get Made at Din Tai Fung

Where: Taipei, Taiwan
February 28, 2014 at 10:54 AM | by | ()

The New York Times recently included Taiwan on its list of 52 must-visit destinations for 2014 (it's #11). Jaunted's Lilit Marcus just returned from a visit to the "heart of Asia" and reports back all this week on why it's a worthwhile vacation destination.

Dumpling chain restaurant Din Tai Fung, which started in Taiwan and now has branches everywhere from Australia to Thailand, is famous for their soup dumplings. They got this way by taking quality very seriously—so seriously, in fact, that every single dumpling must have exactly 18 folds in it.

While you wait for your table in what will surely be a line, you can get up close to the well-trained and well-paid experts who make every dumpling into a work of art. Above is a video of the chefs working on some pork dumplings at the Din Tai Fung location inside the Taiwan 101 tower in Taipei, Taiwan.

If you can't make it all the way to Taiwan, no worries; there are US locations in Los Angeles and Seattle. (The brand has threatened to come to NYC, but so far they haven't made it to the East Coast.) In addition to the 18-fold dumplings, they also offer cucumbers in chili sauce, braised beef stew, pork buns, and other nosh.

[Video: Lilit M]

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See the Taiwanese Town That Inspired the Japanese Movie, 'Spirited Away'

February 27, 2014 at 11:54 AM | by | ()

The New York Times recently included Taiwan on its list of 52 must-visit destinations for 2014 (it's #11). Jaunted's Lilit Marcus just returned from a visit to the "heart of Asia" and reports back all this week on why it's a worthwhile vacation destination.

The Taiwanese town of Jiufen, located at the northernmost tip of the island just outside of Taipei, is massively popular with Japanese tourists thanks to its tea houses. One of those Japanese tourists who visited Jiufen was filmmaker Hayao Miyazaki, who was so inspired by the oceanside town that he based his movie Spirited Away on the destination.

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The Adventures of Travel Cat: A Whole Clan of Kitties in Jiufen, Taiwan

Where: Jiufen, Taiwan
February 26, 2014 at 12:38 PM | by | ()

Kitty cats. They rule the internet and, whether we realize it or not, pretty much the world too. Ever noticed how cats sometimes stake out the coolest spots in a city? This feature—Travel Cat—focuses on exactly that.

Travel Cat spotted in: Jiufen, a town on the northern point of Taiwan. It's famous for long shopping streets crammed full of stalls selling everything from tea to ice cream to custom-made slippers

Cats are very popular in the port town of Jiufen - so much so that there are multiple stores that sell only kitty-themed merchandise. This group of cats was gathered together near the town's famous lookout point, where tourists come to take nature pics of the sea. Luckily for them, a few of the cats - notably the gray tabby - were willing to pose against the gorgeous backdrop, while others hung out in closed-eyes, introspective "Buddha pose."

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Three Easy Reasons to Make Taiwan a 2014 Trip

February 24, 2014 at 3:13 PM | by | ()

Above: the view before landing in Taipei

The New York Times recently included Taiwan on its list of 52 must-visit destinations for 2014 (it's #11). Jaunted's Lilit Marcus just returned from a visit to the "heart of Asia" and reports back all this week on why it's a worthwhile vacation destination.

Though we do love us some Hong Kong and Singapore travel here at Jaunted, Taiwan is not to be disregarded. In fact, its popularity and appeal is only on the way up, coinciding with increased flight connections and its burgeoning reputation as a foodie mecca. Beyond these, however, there are three major reasons why visiting Taiwan is one of the easiest options for Southeast Asia:

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Sprint Up Skyscrapers and See the World with 'Vertical Marathons'

December 5, 2013 at 12:23 PM | by | ()

Lace up your runners and stretch out your hamstrings because though it might be winter outside, we have a good reason to keep up your fitness through the season and throw in some travel as well. From New York to Singapore, there are more options to race your heart out with Vertical World Circuit's stair running world tour.

Here are the details: the seven-race circuit of events begins in New York and circles the globe as racers ascend the stairs of some world's most iconic skyscrapers, all in the name of fitness and to have a crack at coming in first place.

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MEGA Photo Gallery: 77 Pics of EVA Air's Hello Kitty 777 Party

September 19, 2013 at 5:27 PM | by | ()

"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:

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11 Incredible Facts About EVA Air's New 'Hello Kitty' Airplane

September 19, 2013 at 12:21 PM | by | ()

It's not every day you see dancing on the tarmac at Los Angeles International Airport, but when that dancing is to celebrate the arrival of a Hello Kitty-themed airplane, it's completely warranted.

Slipping into a gate alongside the tails of 787s, 747-8s and A380s yesterday was EVA Air's brand new Boeing 777-300ER, its body painted all over with the cheery cartoons of Sanrio's Hello Kitty and friends.

Over 70 Hello Kitty enthusiasts were on the inaugural flight, joined by a troupe of Hello Kitty dancers, characters, artists and Hello Kitty's creator herself, Yuko Yamaguchi. The arrival marks the beginning of regular, nonstop flights between LAX and Taipei-Taoyuan for this aircraft, which is arguably the most kawaii addition to aviation since Pokémon showed up on some 747s. Even as Alaska Airlines' Mickey Mouse plane passed by, all eyes remained on EVA's Kitty.

Before booking a flight, however, there's some things you should know about EVA Air's Hello Kitty 777:

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On Taipei's Metro: The Newbie Traveler and a Massive Love of Mass Transit

Where: Taipei, Taiwan
July 25, 2013 at 2:59 PM | by | ()

Every so often here at Jaunted, we get a dispatch from The Newbie Traveler Andy Miles, who, despite his passion for travel, is still working on getting out there in the world. His unique perspectives are those of a first-timer, and today we're excited to hear about his very first trip on a subway in Asia. In this case, the fateful journeys went down in Taipei, Taiwan:

Air conditioning worthy of combating the most oppressive humidity, surfaces clean enough to eat off of, concierge-like customer service, and a type of thorough organization that is exceptionally rare. No, I'm not describing a 5-star hotel, but rather Taipei's Metro system.

The subway stations and cars on Taipei's metro are spotless. This means no paint marker tags or key-scratched initials on windows. While this cleanliness is most likely due to the ample security cameras, my more romantic view is it's because even the youth take a certain pride in the appearance of their mass transportation. Seeing as how the metro system carries over 1.5 million people a day, staying this spick-and-span is quite a feat.

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To Taiwan in Ten Hours! Onboard Hawaiian Airlines' Inaugural Flight to Taipei

Where: Taipei, Taiwan
July 19, 2013 at 2:53 PM | by | ()

This month Hawaiian Airlines added a seventh star to their destination map of Asia, adding nonstop service from Honolulu, Hawaii to Taipei, Taiwan. We not only traveled on the inaugural but hung out in Taipei, and we'll be sharing what's so hot about this route and Taiwan in general, over the next week.

The party began at Honolulu International Airport around midnight, which may seem late, but the nonstop flights to Taipei's Taoyuan Airport depart Honolulu at 1:55am to ensure an early morning arrival into Taipei, perfect for making any connecting flights, business meetings in town, or getting an early jump on vacation.

At the gate in Honolulu, passengers were treated to live Hawaiian music, hula dancing, delicious Taiwanese delicacies, and even a lion dance during the ribbon cutting before all filed onboard.

This flight, HA 807, clocks in at a reasonable 10 hours and 20 minutes, which is just enough time to settle in with the complimentary meal service, make your way through a movie, and grab several hours of shuteye. Because the flight departs in the very early morning and heads west towards the international date line, most of the flight takes place at night, so we were personally able to get a solid 6 hours of sleep (even in an Economy seat!) which left us refreshed and ready to chow down on the Taiwanese-inspired breakfast as we approached TPE.

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It's Not a Hello Kitty Plane, but It Is EVA Air's New 'Royal Laurel Class'

Where: Taiwan
May 22, 2012 at 10:14 AM | by | ()

New and improved business class seats seems to be a thing this year among airlines, and Taiwan-based EVA Air is next up, revamping their premium cabin and announcing that it'll be coming to US shores first—to New York, specifically.

As a complete service overhaul, EVA re-named business to Royal Laurel Class and will now offer a fully lie-flat seat to stretch your legs on the 16+ hour non-stop from JFK to Taipei. New modern seats, upgraded menus and increased entertainment and comfort are all part of the spruce-up.

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