Hello Kitty jet to the rescue!

When I was nine, Hello Kitty was one of my favorite things. I  started a Hello Kitty collection, amassing amazing finds such as hors d’ouevres forks, a pajama bag, and a toaster (I know!).

I still love Hello Kitty. She’s just so cute. It also helps that pink is my favorite color.

I had heard about the EVA Air Hello Kitty jet, but I never in a million years thought that one day I would get to fly in it. I couldn’t imagine how I would even be in the right country for a Hello Kitty flight to be a possibility…so what happened today was quite a surprise.

After a date-mix up that almost caused us to miss our flight altogether, we arrived in Taipei at 4:30 in the morning (local time). We spent a few hours in the EVA lounge, waiting for our final fight to Tokyo, which was scheduled to board at 8:20 am.

We left the lounge at 7:30 am and walked around the airport for awhile. Our favorite sight was a woman who had set up a portable speaker and was doing what looked like a combination of hectic karate and mellow Tai Chi, set to music. I wanted to stand and watch her forever, but she was clearly not hoping for an audience – she was just doing her thing – so instead we just walked politely by and tried not to stare.

Unfortunately, our flight was delayed, and no one could tell us when it would depart. The plane wasn’t even at the gate yet. My kids were exhausted and hungry, the boarding area was crowded and noisy, and we were all eager to begin the final leg of our very long journey. My kids were troopers, but this was definitely when the morning began to veer into shaky territory. There were a couple of sassy remarks and some pouting, and as we sat and waited, all of our cheerful travel energy was starting to wane.

It was at this precise moment that a small miracle happened: the Hello Kitty jet rounded the bend and began to make its slow, majestic way towards us.

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It was incredible. At least fifty people leapt up from their seats and clustered around the window, angling for a glimpse or a snapshot or a selfie-with-plane-in-background. Josh and I stared at each other in amazement. “It’s like a tiger sighting in the wild,” he finally remarked.

I couldn’t believe that this was actually going to be our place. It just seemed like such a rare and special treat…but it was true! This was indeed our ride. 

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Even Josh was excited to get on board. It’s not every day you get to ride on a themed plane – and the theming on this one was pretty amazing.

Once we were on board, there were Hello Kitty pillows on each seat.

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My kids were so into these that at the end of the flight, the flight attendants gave them each a fresh, new pillowcase as a souvenir!

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My kids each also got a little goodie bag filled with stickers, coloring pages, and a cardboard airplane.

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Although my kids are a little too old to really use the goodies, they liked looking at them. Then they gave the bags to me. 🙂

IMG_3191The level of detail was amazing. Everything from the swizzle stick in my drink…

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to the safety info card and welcome video…

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to the garnishes on the meals…

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to the bathroom products…

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Everything was Hello Kitty.

I loved flying on this jet for so many reasons, but I thought it was especially appropriate when I read some of the mission statements of the jets: “to inspire happiness in the air,” “to whisk family and friends away on the adventure of a lifetime,” “and to ride the colorful, fluffy clouds to the destinations of their dreams.”

I couldn’t agree more.

Rock on, Hello Kitty. I  will always love you.

Comments

  1. Totally jealous! If you have time there is an indoor Sanrio/HK land in Tokyo. =)

  2. LumpyLump says:

    Sounds like Eva made a fan!

    • Points Pixie says:

      LumpyLump – Yep! And the other flight was amazing as well. I would go out of my way to fly them again.

  3. Oh my goodness, this is awesome!!! I’m so happy you all got to experience this flight on your trip! We were fortunate enough to be able to be on this jet but in the opposite direction last December and I’d have to say was my girls’ highlight of the trip and once in a life time experience for all of us. I don’t think flying in the hello kitty jet will be a frequent occurrence for us unless we fly between LAX and TPE a lot or be in East Asia to take these short hauls.

    I’m also amazed with the detailed strategy of their themed flights. On separate note, there’s a hotel, Grand Hi-Lai, with hello kitty themed rooms in Kaohsiung, Taiwan, where they have rooms with the same extent of details with the cat! You can even get picked up from the airport by a hello kitty car provided by the hotel. They even offer hello kitty themed wedding packages.

    • Points Pixie says:

      Sandy – Wow to the hotel! I would LOVE to be picked up in a Hellp Kitty car. Glad you got to take the flight as well!!

  4. Rebecca says:

    wow!!! Incredibly cool!!! I especially love how the inside of the plane is totally decked out in HK including the food!!! WOW. I would have asked for a goodie bag heehee. Did you take a roll of toilet tissue with you? So awesome you guys got PILLOWS. FUN FUN FUN what a great way to start the trip! #totallymeanttobe

  5. That’s so awesome! I’ve never heard of this or other “themed” planes…how fun!

  6. I love following this adventure with you and your family…..the good and the not so great! Safe travels!

    • Points Pixie says:

      Tina – Aw, thanks. I’m so glad. I love sharing it with you guys. I pushed through my jet lag and stayed up late to write this because it’s so fun and rewarding for me when people enjoy what I write. 🙂

  7. Alison Heafey says:

    What a special treat for this trip of a lifetime! I’m so happy for you all! Rock on Hello Kitty; I will always love you too!

  8. You’re such a great writer and I love your enthusiasm. This was so fun to read! Thanks for sharing.

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