EVA Air Business Class has comfortable modern looking seats with some of the best in-cabin service I ever experienced on a flight. Based out of Taiwan, EVA Air has route network of over 40 international destinations. The majority of their long-haul fleet is the Boeing 777, which is not my preferred aircraft. However, the airline does have many Boeing 787s currently on order.
EVA Air is a Star Alliance member and while award availability can be found, awards are not as abundant as Air China. Service is much better on EVA Air, so if there is availability, its much better to fly with EVA Air.
Since the only direct flight from TPE to FRA was on China Airlines, a SkyTeam Alliance member I had no miles with, I had to book an award flight with Star Alliance members with a connecting flight. I was able to book a business class itinerary of TPE-PEK-FRA using 75,000 United Airlines miles. Not a bad itinerary since PEK isn’t that bad of a connecting airport (at the time) and certainly better than a direct flight in economy class.
Flight #: EVA Air 716
Route: Taipei (TPE) to Beijing (PEK)
Aircraft: Boeing 777
Duration: 3h, 20m
The EVA Airline business class lounge had a good amount of space, decent food, and comfortable seats. There was not a large selection of food, but they did have those tasty pineapple cakes available. Also, there were plenty of power outlets but no view to speak of.
Cabin Atmosphere (4/5)
Business class cabin was in a 1-2-1 configuration with a total of 36 seats. The cabin looked a bit dated even though the plane was only about four years old and felt less spacious than business class cabins on the A350. This is likely due to the overhead bins being installed over the middle seats.
Also, the cabin did not have ventilation nozzles which I find annoying when the cabin temperature rises. On the plus side, the plane was fitted with the lighting package that changed colors throughout the flight.
While the cabin atmosphere wasn’t impressive, the seats were great for just a three hour flight. Seat was comfortable with plenty of legroom. However, the foot well was a bit too tight. Storage areas to put your belongings was sufficient as well.
The entertainment system had a good amount of movies but the screen was on the smaller size. All kinds of flight data was displayed in real-time in the flight map application. For sure, the most impressive flight data graphical interface I’ve seen.
For a short flight, the food options were plentiful and delicious. The entire meal has a good range of flavors and textures along with a good selection of fresh fruit for dessert.
The service is what really stood out on this flight, especially when compared to the flight I had on Air China earlier in the trip. Throughout the flight I was addressed by my last name and was frequently checked up on to ensure all was good. Food service was efficient with meals arriving in a timely fashion and cleared promptly after I was done eating.
The flight attendants were friendly, professional, and did not behave like programmed robots. They even provided me with a pen to fill out immigration paperwork without asking, something I always somehow forget to bring.
In conclusion, EVA Air is a member of the Star Alliance and is a good option for award redemptions, especially in business class. While their fleet doesn’t have many new planes like the A350 or 787, the on board service and comfortable seats make for an enjoyable flight experience.
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