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What It’s Like to Fly on EVA’s Hello Kitty Airplane

EVA Air’s Hello Kitty plane, a Boeing 777-300ER, is the brainchild of K.W. Chang, the airline’s chairman. Chang, who started his career as an airport check-in agent, captained the jet during its inaugural flight into Houston on June 19, 2015. He’s a happy-go-lucky guy who insists that flying should be fun, so he partnered with Japan’s Sanrio company to outfit a few of EVA’s planes with the cheery Hello Kitty characters from cockpit to tail.

EVA’s first Hello Kitty jet launched in 2005, shuttling between Taipei and Tokyo. Six more followed, departing from Asian cities as well as Paris and Los Angeles (the Los Angeles route is no longer offered). This newest plane, called the “Shining Star,” makes nonstop jaunts from Houston to Taipei, and then continues to Singapore.

Here’s an exclusive look inside the plane, which I had the opportunity to tour first-hand when it arrived in Houston on its inaugural flight.

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