LHRBFSTrident From UK - Northern Ireland, joined Nov 2006, 672 posts, RR: 0
Reply 2, posted (7 years 10 months 3 weeks 5 days 7 hours ago) and read 5415 times:
you are in luck - I am up this evening because I have just flown into LAX on EVA (BR 016) and I am not tired yet!
I chose BR because of price, to be honest, and the TRs in here and other sites don't really report much about them in any concrete way...so here goes:
Great seat pitch even in Y - 33-34"
LAX-TPE - 744 departed 1 hr late due to LAWA computer snafu, arrived TPE 10 mins late
TPE-BKK - 77W bang on time (a/c continuing to LHR)
BKK-TPE - 77W bang on time (a/c inbound from LHR)
TPE-LAX - 77W bang on time
the a/c are newly re-configured and immaculately clean and well-maintained.
I was worried about the cabin crew as I had heard they were too 'robotic' and unfriendly - I just found this to be completely wrong! Each and every flight attendant was smiling and courteous and extremely professional.
one f/a switched on my reading light for me on departure from TPE, when she saw I was just trying to read in ambient light (duh, why didn't I think of using the reading light?!)
constantly passing with water/juice thoughout the flight
AVOD is great - with roaming map and choice of movies (OK, it's no VPort or Krisworld, but still good)
77W seats for 2 people travelling who don't want to be disturbed are 57A/B and 57 H/K or better yet 69, 70 and 71 window/aisle (we thought 57 had 'slightly' limited recline).
FYI 68A and K have more legroom than any other Y-seats due to the way the seat rows are spaced for the curvature of the fuselage, but they are in a block of 3 and the B/C seats have standard pitch
Here's the secret to BR - get a flight on the 744 (all-pax NOT combi) in Y and book on the upper deck - the seatpitch there is 35-36 inches!!!! We took BR 015 outbound on the 744 upper deck in Y and it was amazing!
seatguru.com has their seatmaps, so take a look...
the ONLY complaint I had about BR was that there was no drinks run before dinner outbound or inbound - I am quite attached to my pre-dinner G&T or whatever, and found they only offered red and white wine on their cart, and I imagine anything else would have to be fetched from the galley (even sodas were not stcked on the cart, but the cabin crew were delighted to fetch sodas from the galley whenever we asked!
seems like a small point really.
all in all my partner (non-airline nut) and I have sworn to never subject ourselves to AA, UA or, heaven-forbid, NW transpacific again, not when we can fly EVA and be happy!
don't get me wrong, Y is NOT luxury - but we have just got home and can't stop talking about how our trans-pacific flights feel the same as if we had just flown to/from the east coast, despite being 3x as long!