Review: EVA Air A330-300 Premium Laurel Class Hong Kong to Taipei

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YOUTUBE: EVA Air: Los Angeles to Taipei
YOUTUBE: UNI Air: Taipei to Seoul Incheon
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YOUTUBE: EVA Air: Hong Kong to Taipei
YOUTUBE: EVA Air: Taipei to Los Angeles


After a wild adventure through the SilverKris Lounge, the United Club, The Royal Orchid Lounge, and the Hong Kong Airlines Bauhinia Lounge, it was finally time to fly my flight to Taipei

Here’s a look at my beautiful plane taking me to Taipei this evening.

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A330-300

Boarding started with zone 1 which was Premium Laurel Class and Star Alliance Gold members.



I turned right into the Royal Laurel cabin which had 5 rows of seats in a 2-2-2 configuration. My seat was 10K, the back-most window seat on the right side. These business class seats are the same seats you’ll get on United’s 757s and 787s (until they are reconfigured), KLM, etc.

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seat

The seat cushion was alright and seatback padding was decent. This aircraft was retrofitted fairly recently so I’d say the seat will become more used and a bit softer as time goes on. Still, this is a really solid seat to have for a 1.5-hour flight without a doubt.

Unfortunately, there were no individual air nozzles, which is something I really wish to see in a flight. However, the cabin temperature was alright so thankfully that wasn’t a problem.

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seat

Here you can see 5 rows of seating. The cabin was actually quite empty. I’d say around half the seats were taken and that’s it.

The middle seats are more angled towards each other compared to the window side seats.

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middle seats
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yield

A short while after sitting, The in-flight cabin manager Debra came to introduce herself and she was absolutely phenomenal. I was so sad this was such a short flight as I would’ve loved to have her on a 12+ hour flight.

She asked what she should call me and I said Rohit is good, and she said Mr.Rohit it is! For pre-departure beverages, she offered me a choice of water, sparkling wine, and orange juice and I just went with water for the time being. It also came with a scented towel.

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water + scented towel

The rain in Hong Kong also made for some great views.

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view

Ok, let me show you the seat features.

Over your left shoulder is a reading lamp and you can turn it on/off and adjust the brightness by turning the light itself clockwise and counterclockwise.

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light

At roughly thigh-level is a fairly intuitive set of seat controls.

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Seat controls

To the lower left side of the seat is where there was a water bottle kept there for the flight. The life vest is also down here.

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water bottle

In between both seats is a central console for use. Thankfully. I didn’t have a neighbor so I had the whole console just to myself.

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central console

To the right of the TV screen, was a coat hook.



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coat hook

The food cubby was fairly narrow, but if the seats are anything like United, then the bulkhead seats (row 6) should have a bigger footwell.

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foot cubby

By your right side was a USB port, a headphone jack, and an HD TV remote.

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USB, headphone jack, and TV remote

And quite possibly the worst positioned cup holder. Oh I have this large central console right in front of me I could place my drink right there, but no let me place it in this cup holder way over my shoulder and far behind my seat and do a full 180 turn when I have to get it……….said no one ever.

On the other hand, there was a decent amount of storage space there.

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storage space

Beneath the central console were two power ports, but both were for me today as I had no neighbor which was great.

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power port

A few minutes later, Debra came around with the wine and beverage menu.

Keep in mind my flight was operating during the strike, so as a matter of fact, I almost didn’t have a flight back to Los Angeles because both my flights were originally among the canceled flights. My flights were reinstated literally 3 days before flying.

So with the strike in place, there’s only one food option per Premium Laurel Flight, so there was no menu. I guess the drinks menu was still in full swing. Debra apologized a lot for the lack of choices and asked to confirm I was ok with the Seafood spaghetti which was the only choice there was. I was fine with it. Though I’d note if anyone vegetarian travels with EVA, make sure to book a vegetarian meal in advance. This isn’t like Etihad where the menu on each flight guarantees at least one vegetarian option. Often times, none of the menu items with EVA will be vegetarian.

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beverages
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beverages
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beverages



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beverages
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beverages
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beverages
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beverages

The menu was quite decently stocked with drink choices for the hour.5 flight.

Just before pushing back, another crew member came around with newspapers.

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view

Eventually we began our pushback and engine start.

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engine start
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taxi
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taxi

After waiting for an Air China to leave, it was our turn to takeoff.

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takeoff
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departure
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departure
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departure

The views were awesome during our climb.

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views
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views
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views
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views

About 5 minutes after takeoff, the seat belt signs were turned off. At this point, Debra came to my seat and asked if I was finishing in Taipei or transiting and I said transiting to LA and also said to let her know if I needed anything. She was a phenomenal purser.

Another crew member came to set my table and the rest of the crew got to work very quickly. Given this was a 1.5-hour flight, timing was of the essence.

I really like EVA’s table cloths as they look really pretty.

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table cloth

Less than 10 minutes later, the crew brought around the meal tray. Recall there was only one choice on this flight due to the strike, so I had the seafood spaghetti. Everything was served on one tray.

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meal

The main course was ok. The spaghetti and shrimp were alright but the fish was way overcooked, the sauce was bland, ad the vegetables were decent. It wasn’t bad overall, it just wasn’t anything memorable.

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Main Course: Seafood Spaghetti

The garlic bread was warm, soft, and had crispy edges which is exactly what I like.

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garlic bread

There was butter in the shape of a nice star which I also enjoyed.

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butter

For dessert there was a sort of apple crumble cake with an orange peel on top. Remember, no menu, so I’m just basing this all off taste and what I see. The cake was pretty nice. It was soft, and the crumble had a nice sweet crunch to it which is what I like.

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crumble cake

The fruits were fine and refreshing.

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fruits

With my main course, I had sparkling water as usual.

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sparkling water

The green tea that I had asked for “after the meal” came during the meal and towards the start too.

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green tea

Trays were cleared quickly.

Overall, the meal wasn’t bad, but it could’ve been better. The main course wasn’t incredibly flavorful but it was ok. All other aspects of the meal and service was perfectly fine.

Another round of hot towels were given right after the meal.

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hot towel

And this is me, sitting under a cool towel, taking in the smell, and just thinking to myself, can this flight please last longer. ๐Ÿ™

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Me!

Now Debra came around with 4 different kinds of candy and offered me one and the conversation went like this:

Debra: “Would you like some candy?”
Me: “Sure, of course, I’ll take this one.”
Debra: “No! Take more!”
Me: “Ok I’ll take one of each then.”
Debra: “No! More!” *Puts a handful of candies on the central console*

What an awesome person to have on this flight.

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candies

Eventually we began our descent into Taipei.



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descent
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descent continues
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approach
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Final approach
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final approach
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final approach

We had a smooth touchdown onto runway 23L and a short taxi to our parking spot. Unfortunately, there was no gate as night time was peak departure time for US/Europe bound flights, so all the gates were loaded.

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Arrival

Here’s my plane though.

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Plane

Overall, this was definitely one of my best short-haul flights. Debra and the crew played a big role in that. All the crew members taking care of me were great, but Debra was just next-level awesome and I can’t say enough. So there was definitely great service. The seat is unbeatable on a 1.5-hour flight. And let alone I had no neighbor as well which was great. The food was ok, but I’ll leave that due to the strike so probably not an everyday thing to expect from EVA. EVA is one of those airlines where if it presents itself on a particular route, I probably would pick them over any other airline in most cases and would happily fly again. And they are star alliance which helps too!



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