Eva Air is the national carrier of Taiwan. They fly throughout Asia and to points on the west coast of North America. I had the pleasure of flying them a few times while I was living in Taiwan and I highly recommend flying them!
One of the things I like most about flying Asian airlines is the level of service they offer. Their western counterparts keep slashing services and raising fees while the Asian carriers keep making your experience more enjoyable. Even the budget airlines like Air Asia offer better service than carriers like US Airways, Air Canada, Ryanair, or American Airlines. On my six hour return flight to Boston from London with AA, I had a crappy meal, a surly attendant, and no personal viewing screen. On my three hour flight to Taipei from Bangkok, I got a delicious meal, a free beer, two ultra friendly attendants, and my own viewing screen. It’s not hard to decide which airline I like better.
It’s because of service like that that I always try to fly non-western carriers whenever I can. I’m part of the Oneworld alliance because my American Airlines frequent flier miles work with Eva Air, Cathay, and Japan Airlines. These are my favorite airlines to fly. Eva Air was simply exceptional. For starters, the seats, even in coach, were plenty big and very comfortable. I had more room than I knew what to do with. While I’m not a big guy and usually have plenty of room, I found I had slightly more than normal in these seats.
The food on the flight was delicious. You get a choice between two meals. I took the chicken and rice, topped off with a nice Taiwanese beer. Overall, it was one of the most delicious airline meals I’ve ever had. Usually, I never finish my meal because, by about halfway, I tend to get ill from the taste (I’m looking at you Air Canada!) but I devoured all of this.
Moreover, you get a wide range of selections on their entertainment system. There were about five movies, a few games, a handful of Taiwanese, Australian, and American T.V. shows, and plenty of movie channels. The staff is very friendly and they smile. That may not seem like a big deal but I can’t remember the last time I actually saw an attendant smile. The Eva Air crew really seemed to care about my comfort.
Overall, I really enjoyed my time flying with Eva. It is an airline that I would fly again and recommend to anyone. If you are in the Oneworld network, Eva is a code share partner with most of the alliance members. Additionally, Eva Air is usually a cheaper option to fly too, though you often have to connect via Taipei. I would definitely consider flying them the next time you fly in Asia.