LHRBFSTrident From UK - Northern Ireland, joined Nov 2006, 671 posts, RR: 0
Reply 1, posted (7 years 1 month 2 weeks 6 days 21 hours ago) and read 17691 times:
Thanks for coming along! My Photobucket won't allow any text between the photos, so here's a brief synopsis:
I tried to make the pics tell the story by creating some sort of chronological order - happy to answer any Qs!
EVA was a great way to fly from LAX-TPE and onwards to BKK (a later TR!). The 747-400 was in immaculate condition and we scored seats on the upper deck where the Y-pitch is 35-36".
Cabin crew were really excellent on this flight, despite some reports of 'unfriendly' and 'cold' service, we really found them to be all smiles and very attentive.
The meals were good - I skipped the much-vaunted Chinese rice soup on this sector, and that turned out to be a good decision, as I had it on the way back and it was the most awful Congee I have ever had!
AVOD was really good and easy to use - either cursor-controlled or touchscreen, although the selection was a tad weak.
My only complaint was that there is no bar service prior to dinner, but I think that had more to do with the time of day (take-off was at 02:15am) than anything else.
TPE was extremely easy to transfer in, and all the cabin announcements were given in Mandarin, English and Vietnamese - there was a lot of transfer traffic on to SGN and Hanoi.
This is part of a much longer trip which went on to BKK and HKT, but those will be posted in a separate report...
Thanks for reading - apologies for the lack of banter - comments welcome!
Triple7man From Thailand, joined May 2005, 767 posts, RR: 0
Reply 2, posted (7 years 1 month 2 weeks 6 days 20 hours ago) and read 17509 times:
Thank you for your TR. I know they have been doing construction at TBIT for the time...so I'm really looking forward to seeing when they're completed.
LAX is my favorite airport in the US because of all the flights going to and coming from Asia. Whenever I walk through TBIT, I feel like I'm in Japan, Korea or China (now I live in Japan).
I fly AA to NRT from the US now.
And I will look forward to hearing your TR to BKK and HKT.
QantasAirways From Australia, joined Mar 2001, 1280 posts, RR: 3
Reply 6, posted (7 years 1 month 2 weeks 6 days 9 hours ago) and read 16465 times:
Hey! Nice trip report, I enjoyed the pictures. I didn't know Eva had the new product installed on their 744s. Nice upper deck!
Quoting LHRBFSTrident (Reply 1): and all the cabin announcements were given in Mandarin, English and Vietnamese - there was a lot of transfer traffic on to SGN and Hanoi.
I believe that would be Mandarin, English and Taiwanese (Min Nan Dialect). EVA actually became famous when they first started flying for having announcements in Taiwanese - which really attracted a lot of Taiwanese pax.
However - my point was really that most of the bags tags going past us from check-in to security screening were for BR connections to BKK and SGN
When we arrived at TPE, there were handwritten signs all over the place in Vietnamese to direct pax to the SGN connection - I guess I assumed the 3rd language on board was that too...
Quoting BA319-131 (Reply 4): TBIT has been a dump for some years, hopefully these works will improve it, I fly through it in September, will be interesting to see changes.
actually the improvements I saw (it's being done piecemeal) looked quite impressive - obviously without rebuilding the structure, you'll never get Suvarnabhumi out of TBIT, but all the same the baggage hall is already much better
Quoting CA228 (Reply 7): if all EVA 744's are equipped with PTV in Y class, or is it only on certain planes
yeah - I had to look it up by googling EVA refurbishment - only some of the 744s are equipped - but they are the ones that go to the longest haul flights, luckily! As stated the combis aren't equipped as far as I can tell.
AA767LOVER From Hong Kong, joined Aug 2007, 609 posts, RR: 0
Reply 11, posted (7 years 1 week 3 days 10 hours ago) and read 13869 times:
Thanks for sharing your pics with us! They were great! Does Y class really feel like 34" pitch? If so, I don't mind flying EVA next time to HKG via TPE from EWR.
T4 is my favorite LAX terminal. TBIT is quite shabby.
J.I. Tsui, American Advantage Member, United Mileage Plus (Premier)
The upper deck on 747-400 actually has increased seatpitch in Y, probably due to the available space being too short for one more row, so all the rows benefit from extra spacing.
and it actually IS 35"-36" on the upper deck
The 77W really does feel like 34" - in fact there are two seats on that a/c that has extra legroom due to the curvature of the fuselage - 68A and 68K - just be aware that these are window seats in a block of 3!
Personally I prefer the twin seats at rows 69-71 even though they have standard pitch.
I have just today uploaded the videos of the approach and landing at TPE - the landing vid has a quick flash of the Dreamlifter 787 fuselage delivery a/c at the Evergreen Maintenance hangar...
Anonms From United States of America, joined Dec 2007, 640 posts, RR: 0
Reply 15, posted (7 years 1 week 2 days 9 hours ago) and read 13003 times:
Quoting LHRBFSTrident (Reply 12): The 77W really does feel like 34" - in fact there are two seats on that a/c that has extra legroom due to the curvature of the fuselage - 68A and 68K - just be aware that these are window seats in a block of 3!
Seriously? I'm short, and even to me, the 77W's seats didn't feel any more spacious than other Y seats I've been in.
Norcal773 From United States of America, joined Feb 2007, 1456 posts, RR: 11
Reply 19, posted (7 years 1 week 1 day 17 hours ago) and read 12569 times:
Great TR, I gotta fly them one day but on the 77W because that's what they send to SFO now.
Quoting Triple7man (Reply 2): LAX is my favorite airport in the US because of all the flights going to and coming from Asia.
You gotta be kidding! Have you flown into SFO? It's clean, passport control is a breeze, immigration and customs officers actually smile at you and say hi, you don't have to be bussed like U do in LAZ (some cases), I could go on and on all day as to why SFO is the premier Asia gateway.
Quoting Phileet92 (Reply 3): WOW great pics! never knew that EVA has Y on the upper deck.
When I fly back home, I mostly use UA or AA. It's about 10 minutes from getting off the plane to getting in the car. And about 30 min vice versa. I agree that LAX is nothing special compared to some of the other worlds leading airports but it's a quick in and out. I'd rather do that then hangout at the nice terminals with shopping centers for hours because of delays, ie SFO.
sorry guys and gals! I had no idea that bloody Photobucket has a monthly usage limit on bandwidth - I'd happily move the photos to a different service, but there'd be no way to edit this report now to put in the new links
pics will be back up soon...maybe i'll just pay for the extra bandwidth