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Hello Kitty-Themed Plane Ushers in EVA Air Service to Houston

Airlines & Airports | Donald Wood | June 23, 2015

Hello Kitty-Themed Plane Ushers in EVA Air Service to Houston

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For fans of the Hello Kitty brand in the United States, EVA Air began its first flights between Houston, Texas, and Taipei, Taiwan last week with the company’s Hello Kitty-themed airplanes.

According to Jeremy Dwyer-Lindgren of the USA Today, the EVA Boeing 777-300ER touched down in Houston for the first time last Friday with plenty of fanfare as water cannons saluted the cartoon-emblazoned aircraft.

EVA will be utilizing the Boeing 777-300ER on all four of its weekly routes between Taipei and Houston, and the planes will hold 333 passengers, including 39 in EVA's Royal Laurel Class business section, 56 in "Elite" premium economy, and another 238 in the standard coach seats.

The latest plane is the seventh Hello Kitty-themed jet in the EVA fleet. The other aircraft are used more for regional routes, but the latest themed plane will be used on the international flights to the United States.

The aircraft boast Wi-Fi and new in-flight entertainment systems, and the newer planes in the fleet feature a text-messaging and roaming service options for passengers. As is to be expected on a Hello Kitty-themed plane, though, passengers should expect a heavy dosage of the cartoon character.

Not only is the outside of the plane adorned with Hello Kitty and all of her friends, but the crew has also included hundreds of items inside the cabin, including Hello Kitty-branded kids meals, toilet paper, seat covers, and pillows.

EVA’s expansion into North America continues, as Houston has been added to a list of cities the company serves that includes Los Angeles, New York, San Francisco, Seattle, Toronto, and Vancouver.

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