Palmjet From United Kingdom, joined Nov 2001, 1051 posts, RR: 16 Posted (5 years 7 months 3 days 10 hours ago) and read 12184 times:
Sunday 23 September 2007
EVA Air BR2197
Tokyo Narita to Taiwan Taoyuan International Airport
Flight time: 3hrs 20mins
This is a continuation of flights that I took in September 2007 following a short trip to Japan and Hong Kong. I’ve recently completed a trip report which has been posted on a.net for one of the Japanese internal flights we took from Hiroshima to Sapporo on JAL (MD90).
Our time in Japan had come to an end. Sadly, it was time to return home to the UK. The previous day was glorious, having spent a number of hours at each observation deck at Narita Airport. I’ve attached a few pics taken on that day, including ANA's brand new Business Jet B737-700.
I’d flown from London to Hong Kong, then spent a few days there before going to Japan. EVA Air offered a competitive fare on the Hong Kong – Japan route which meant a short stopover in Taipei. I’d not been to Taipei for nearly 12 years (having lived there for just short of year as a language exchange student) so it would be nice to see what had changed at CKS Airport. I sound discovered quite a few changes, including the name of the airport there which had recently been changed from Chiang Kai Shek International to Taiwan Taoyuan International Airport (after the region of Taiwan where the airport is located).
Sunday 23 Sept dawned overcast but very humid and hot (as it had been for most of our visit). BR2197 was not due to depart until 1415 so we spent the morning on the observation decks (again) to get our final dose of the wonderful facilities that exist at Japan’s airports.
At Terminal One, I had no problem checking in through to Hong Kong (on BR857) and after a short wait for the group in front of me, I had my boarding pass. Seat 25K was mine. Having explored the landside of Terminal One extensively, I went through to airside and spent the last hour or so watching aircraft landing and just generally wandering around. Everything was well signposted and spotless – just like all of the other Japanese airports we’d visited over the past 7 days.
Arranging myself on a seat with a view of my gate, it wasn’t long before my aircraft taxied in (having arrived from Taipei). I was a little relieved to see that it was not the same ‘Hello Kitty’ Jet that brought me to Tokyo the week before!!
Here she is, B-16306, arriving from Taipei.
Here's the view from seat 25K on that day
We were soon on our way, and taxied out to Narita's shorter (and newer) runway and with little delay, we lifted off after a powerful take off. Farewell Japan!
The flight itself was uneventful. I continued to watch the entertaining Japanese movie that I had not finished watching on the inbound flight (about local Japanese women in the 1960s in a coal mining district of Japan who were offered the chance to train to become Hawaiian hula dancers in anticipation of a new Hawaiian centre that was to be built near the town. I’d read this was actually a true story – and the movie, I think is called “Hula Dancers” in English.)
Service aboard EVA Air was excellent. Lunch was served on today’s flight with a follow up drinks service. The flight attendants all did a great job and I came away (from having done 4 flights with EVA Air) with favourable impressions.
Just over two and half hours later, we started our descent into Taipei. The weather was cloudy so there was little to see until we got closer to the airport.
Some approach shots as we got closer to TPE. The urban sprawl of Taipei City can be seen clearly in the distance. Great cloud formations for our arrival this afternoon!
A smooth landing followed and these were the scenes during our taxi to the gate, including two Air Macau flights.
We parked next to two company aircraft being readied for their next international services.
B-16306 resting at her gate after arriving from Tokyo. This aircraft went on to operate my onward flight to Hong Kong as BR857. I really enjoyed my flights with EVA Air. They were all on time, the service on the ground and in the air was great. I would certainly fly with them again. The A330 is one of my favourite aircraft - in fact, it IS my favourite aircraft to fly in.
I could not resist whilst in transit to take a few more pics. Here's a short selection from TPE that afternoon.
This was a rare one for me - Angkor Airways (presumably leased from F.A.T of Taiwan)
Thanks for reading. Any comments are most welcome.
Palmjet From United Kingdom, joined Nov 2001, 1051 posts, RR: 16 Reply 2, posted (5 years 7 months 3 days ago) and read 11541 times:
Alexchao - thanks for your comments. EVA certainly offer a nice alternative if you want to fly from HKG to NRT and the airfare was highly competitive (and cheaper than flying direct on CX/JL/NH). Why go direct when you can stopover, right??!
Palmjet From United Kingdom, joined Nov 2001, 1051 posts, RR: 16 Reply 6, posted (5 years 7 months 2 days 10 hours ago) and read 10791 times:
Thanks for all your comments. Sorry, no pics of catering. I was unable to reach my camera in time to get pics of the meals once my tray was down. I also had a seat mate and felt a bit self conscious taking a pic of my pork and rice!!!! I can say that it was relatively tasty - although very much designed for Chinese tastes (as you would expect on a Taiwanese airline). I could not fault EVA Air at all.
NRT was great - plenty of opportunities for pics and lots of variety of airlines.
Yes, the A330 is indeed my personal favourite - especially the -200.
VSMike From United States of America, joined Sep 2003, 311 posts, RR: 7 Reply 7, posted (5 years 7 months 14 hours ago) and read 10015 times:
First of all, Palmjet, another great TR. I enjoy reading your reports much more than most... those LAX-ABQ-DFW TRs usually bore me to tears. After reading one of those, I usually want to cut up my Platinum FF card, and never fly domestic in the USA again... In stark contrast, after reading your TRs, I want to go forth upon the world and see everything I possibly can (from the confines of SkyTeam alliance airlines, of course), spreading my unique version of American slime over everything...
Quoting Palmjet (Reply 6): Sorry, no pics of catering. I was unable to reach my camera in time to get pics of the meals once my tray was down. I also had a seat mate and felt a bit self conscious taking a pic of my pork and rice!!!! I can say that it was relatively tasty - although very much designed for Chinese tastes (as you would expect on a Taiwanese airline). I could not fault EVA Air at all.
Ha! I, too, was disappointed here. And I think you know how much I love pork! Well... in its verb form... "porking." Is that the same? With just a hint of critique, I would also like to suggest the following to you, with an eye to future TRs:
1) Pics of seat/legroom/IFE.
2) Pics of catering, both pre-, mid-, and post-eaten.
3) Pics of catering, once biologically processed... which naturally leads to...
4) Pics of the lav facilities.
5) Pics of the aisle ways and galleys.
6) Upskirt or otherwise salacious pics of the flight crew, including pilots, if possible.
and whenever possible: 7) Pics of your seatmate, voluntarily or involuntarily.
Time to get over your self-consciousness and start exploring your voyeristic self.
I didn't know the A330 was your fav a/c!? I learn something new everyday. Having very recently flown the -200 and -300 series (AF& NW), I have to agree that they are very nice... unless your A330 lands in India, like so many of mine did, where the will to stop living instantly grips you...
And you never told me you flew in a "Hello Kitty" special colours... Bet that was the closest you've been to being inside a cute little pussy(cat).
Keep on flying high! Or getting high. High, as in altitude... not at all like bar crawling throughout Amsterdam...
Palmjet From United Kingdom, joined Nov 2001, 1051 posts, RR: 16 Reply 8, posted (5 years 7 months 14 hours ago) and read 10003 times:
Your comments are truly a breath of [fresh] Floridian air. Your insightful observations at the deficiencies of my t/r are also most welcome. Next time, I will ensure there are pics of all of the above in your list.
I know Skyteam have received a mandate to care more about you but sadly, if you stick with ST, you'd never be able to experience the delights of my recent EVA Air flights, including the extensive Hello Kitty 'experience' I had for 3 hours between Taipei and Tokyo. From the Hello Kitty headrest covers, to the Hello Kitty ice creams served after lunch, to the Hello Kitty aprons worn by the flight attendants, there were cats everywhere. Our aircraft was be-decked outside in full Hello Kitty colours. Can Sky Team give you that? I think not.
Yes, the A330 (after the 737-200) is my favourite aircraft. Sleek lines, great wingspan - what more can I say?
I am very much looking forward to your next trip report. I heard from someone here that you went to SAN last weekend and enjoyed the delights that the NEW Delta offers in First Class? I bet that was special?
VSMike From United States of America, joined Sep 2003, 311 posts, RR: 7 Reply 9, posted (5 years 7 months 13 hours ago) and read 9980 times:
Quoting Palmjet (Reply 8): From the Hello Kitty headrest covers, to the Hello Kitty ice creams served after lunch, to the Hello Kitty aprons worn by the flight attendants, there were cats everywhere. Our aircraft was be-decked outside in full Hello Kitty colours. Can Sky Team give you that? I think not.
No, maybe SkyTeam cannot give me that much pussy(cat) all at once, which actually sounds overwhelming, but I'll have you know that ST have in the past given me: a pink DL 757 'Boobie Plane', Habitat for Homoantiy 763, and a Powerpuff Girls 732. So that's quite a bit of animated, prepubescent service over the years. I'll accept your apology as you stand corrected and realize that ST usually meet most of my basic needs. "Meeeeow. Hiss, hiss".
Yes, you heard correctly about my weekend jaunt to SAN. I always fly First on DL. In the beginning, it was a lackluster experience, but First on DL is getting sooo much better in very recent months. Now, if they'd just bring back the young, gorgeous Southern Belles as flight attendants, I'd be much happier than with the 'ATL Roamers' and 'DL Pentioners' they currently have serving me.
Interestingly, I was on one of the last on-time departures from SAN last Sunday night, before the effects of the area's wildfires seriously curtailed So-Cal ops. Wish I could have taken some window snaps as we took-off and headed east. The hills were all ablaze. It was a sight to be seen. My thoughts remain with those people who were directly affected. It is a local tragedy.
PS- Did you manage to tear off a 'Hello Kitty' headrest cover for me? You know I would have... (sound of Velcro ripping...)
Palmjet From United Kingdom, joined Nov 2001, 1051 posts, RR: 16 Reply 10, posted (5 years 7 months 13 hours ago) and read 9972 times:
You win hands down with your overwhelming Sky Team special colours experiences. I stand corrected and bow in your general direction....which is west from here right?
Sadly no chance of a headrest cover this time - the velcro ripping sound was too loud in this very full A330. I did try. However, I have a Hello Kitty commemorative ice cream spoon to remind me of my time aboard the "Hello Kitty Jet". Ah.. the memories.
Glad Sky Team and DL are able to meet your ever growing needs and concerns when you fly around the world.