Boeing 747-400 (Registration: B-16411)
Los Angeles, CA, USA (LAX) to Taipei, Taiwan (TPE)
August 9, 2004
Seat: 39C (Evergreen Deluxe/Aisle)
Gate: 121 (International Terminal)
Scheduled vs. Actual
Departure: 08/09 1:00 AM vs. 08/09 1:25 AM
Arrival: 08/10 5:10 AM vs. 08/10 5:18 PM
Flight Time: 13:10 vs. 12:53
The flight arrived 8 minutes behind of schedule.
I booked my flight online at EVA Air's website in early June for an online booking bonus of 5,000 miles. The price was slightly more expensive, but electronic ticketing and the bonus miles were too hard to resist.
I arrived at Tom Bradley International Terminal about 1 hour and 30 minutes prior to departure. I joined the line for the TSA to inspect my check-in baggage. I really despise the process, and I hope LAX can develop a more efficient system. When I finally reached the check-in counter, it was exactly an hour before take-off. I showed the agent my e-ticket receipt, my passport, and my Evergreen Club membership card. Soon, I was given a new e-ticket receipt, a boarding pass, and an Evergreen Lounge invitation.
I hopped over to the Duty Free Shops in hopes of grabbing some last-minute gifts. Unfortunately, the time was too close to boarding, so they couldn't complete my purchase. With nothing else to do, I joined the line for security, and to my delight, TBIT has opened a couple new security inspection lines. It made the process flow more smoothly. Now came the hard part: finding my assigned lounge. Although I was flying with EVA, they had two flights that night, and they spread out their passengers to different lounges. I was given an invitation to the ANA Lounge on the 4th floor. When I finally found it, it was ANA Signet Lounge for First Class passengers. The lounge was nicer than the Evergreen Lounge, but the food selection was around the same. They had simple finger sandwiches, bags of chips and Chex Mix, and a variety of beverages. When boarding began, the lounge attendant came around and told each passenger individually.
When I reached Gate 121, it was packed with people, and they had just begun boarding for Super First and Super Business Class passengers. Ten minutes later, they called Evergreen Deluxe passengers and Economy passengers by row. I just joined the Evergreen Deluxe line, and was onboard after they checked my ID one last time. There were Chinese and English newspapers available for pickup at the jetbridge. I showed the flight attendant my boarding pass, and she pointed in the direction of my seat.
At my seat were the menu, a blanket, a pillow, an overnight amenity kit, and a pair of headsets. The amenity kit was newly designed, although the contents still remained fairly simple. There was only a toothbrush set and a small bottle of Avon lotion. Once we were all seated, the cabin attendants passed out cold wet towels to refresh ourselves. The doors were closed pretty early, but we didn't leave the gate because we were still loading some cargo. We finished the safety demonstration video before we even left the gate!
We were airborne fairly quickly. Being a late-night departure, we were not served a beverage or a snack. Instead, we were given our Arrivals Card for Taiwan. A short while later, we were served a Supper.
Stir Fried Chicken with Asparagus and Button Mushroom
Beef with Bourguignonne Sauce
Strawberry Cheese Cake
I chose the beef, which came with a hot dinner roll. I was quite disappointed that the desert was cheese cake, since I was hoping for some ice cream. However, the entire meal was still quite delicious. After the meal trays were collected, the cabin attendants sold duty free items. The lights were then dimmed. Interestingly, the cabin attendants didn't ask us to close the window shades.
Airshow wasn't being too cooperative today. The system halted, and the Chief Purser had to constantly reboot it. I watched a couple movies including The Day After Tomorrow and Shrek 2. During this time, the flight attendants never came around with drinks. Instead, they had trays of drinks in the galley for passengers to pick up themselves. I prefer when they did a cabin walk-around. However, half-way through the flight, the flight attendants came around with Chinese cup noodles and drinks. I opted for the seafood flavor, and it was good like before.
I passed out after the meal, and when I woke up, I went to the galley to pick up some snacks and a couple drinks. I began my countdown for the second meal. For some reason, I was really hungry. Anyway, when we were flying pass Tokyo, Airshow died and never returned. About 2 hours and 30 minutes prior to landing, we were served a Breakfast.
Three Color Egg
Dried Tuckahoe with Slice Pork Congee
Ham with Potato Salad
Although I wanted to try the Chinese Style option, I wasn't too tempted by the Three Color Egg, so I ended up getting the Western selection. The omelette wasn't the best, but it tasted okay after some pepper and salt. My meal came with a croissant, coffee, and orange juice. I must say, EVA Air makes some of the best potato salad.
Once we began our descent, the cabin attendants passed out candies. We landed, and we were at the gate pretty quickly. I sped through immigration, and I had my luggage in no time. I was out of the airport in half an hour. I enjoyed my flight with EVA Air, but I look forward to better service and newer seats.