Finding the best airline to meet your individual or business needs usually takes time and a bit of research. Everyone is looking for the best prices along with good meals, great service, comfortable seats and an assortment of amenities. There is really no such thing as a one airline fits all because everyone has their individual preferences. We've discovered that flying Eva Air Business Class is among the more enjoyable options and this is what you can expect if you choose them as your carrier.
The booking experience
Booking a flight from Seattle to Taipei can be done online easily. Getting a window seat in business class isn't difficult, but to get the seat that you want, it's important to book early. Flying from Seattle to Taipei is a $3,500 trip. If you have rewards cards that have miles on them, it's a good idea to use them to help defray the cost. You can end up paying only a few hundred dollars for the trip if you've earned enough in bonuses.
The check-in process for EVA Air is smooth if you're there a little early. It only takes a few minutes to weigh your carry-on bag and check your bags. They offer a premium passenger lane which goes quickly so you're not standing in a long line waiting forever. You'll need to remove your shoes and if you have a laptop or camera, these will also need to be taken out, but the staff is friendly as they glide you through security quickly unless you set off any alarms. From this point, you're directed to the appropriate concourse which will require a quick trip on the airport train. Make sure that you get off at the right concourse. There is plenty of warning so it's not difficult.
The lounge serves several carriers and it's usually crowded, especially if you're there during peak travel times, but you can still usually grab a bite to eat or a drink and find a place to sit. The view from the windows let you see the tarmac and the activity going on out there. The WiFi is fast so if you have some catching up to do before your flight, this is a good place to do it.
Boarding the flight
The lines are not always orderly and fast, but sometimes they are. The rows are called in an orderly fashion so you just need to look at your boarding pass and go when you're instructed. It's really a seamless process.
Business class cabin
The cabin of business class was laid out in a 1-2-1 configuration that gave each seat good access to the aisles. Business class was divided into two cabins with 38 seats that lie flat. There is a sense of privacy which is nice. The cabin isn't particularly noisy in business class which is another plus. The seats have a comforter and a pillow if the flight is going overnight. The storage space is fairly small, but the seat is comfortable and it allows you to stretch out and move around to avoid getting stiff and sore during a long flight.
The flight attendants are prompt to check in with you after you've found your seat. They offer assistance if you need it and they're good about offering a fragrant hot towel and your choice of water or orange juice. The Godiva chocolate is also a nice welcome. They are consistent throughout the flight. The amenity kit is a little better than some other carriers offer. You get a pair of pajamas and an eye mask, slippers, socks, a dental kit, creams for your hands and face, lip balm, a comb, a cleansing towelette and a set of earplugs. Each seat comes with a standard audio jack, headphones and a three-prong outlet for power. There is also a place to store electronics in a cubby along with bottle storage for a beverage.
The entertainment system features a map that gives you information about your flight. It tells you what the airspeed is, how high the plane is cruising at, whether you're climbing or descending and other miscellaneous flight information. It's kind of cool. The touchscreen isn't as high tech as it is with some other carriers, but it does the job that it's supposed to. There is a selection of movies, television shows and music available. WiFi is available, but it's going to cost you as it's not provided free to business class passengers.
Food and drink
The food aboard the flight in business class is nothing short of spectacular. You can order from a few different courses and they're served on small plates in a marvelous presentation. It's something you might expect from a fine dining establishment. The food is served over several courses for dinners and the attendants are excellent about offering snacks while in flight. Champagne is also offered after takeoff along with choices for water, coffee, tea or juice.
The seats lie flat which makes it comfortable to sleep. The comforter is also very comfortable and it keeps you warm when the cabin feels chilly, which it often does. Overall, flying aboard Eva Air Business Class is a remarkable experience.
Written by Garrett Parker
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