I arrived Saturday afternoon in Kansas City. The flight from Khrungthep to Los Angeles by way of Taipei was quite comfortable. I have to give an enthusiastic thumbs-up to EVA’s Elite Class (premium economy) which was an excellent value for the money.
The space is not nearly so great as in a business class cabin, but is still entirely sufficient that I (at 183cm / 6′ tall) was able to sit with my legs crossed even when the person in the row in front of me was fully reclined.
Add to this a solid audio-video on-demand system, attentive and friendly service, and good food, and it is well worth the about US$1200 the ticket cost. Now if they would just fly to a few more US destinations beside Los Angeles, San Francisco, Seattle, and Newark (through Seattle), it would provide a little more flexibility.
EVA is in the process of upgrading their 747 fleet with the more updated interior of their 777-300ER fleet. This will be nice because the seats in the 747 definitely were older, while comfortable, and the video system was not on-demand.
However, I really like that on their 747, the Elite Class occupies the front part of the plane where First Class is normally located. Shown here, the cabin feels particularly spacious for an economy class cabin.
After an overnight stop in Los Angeles, where I enjoyed some fish tacos from Rubio’s and a cheeseburger from In-N-Out, I continued to Kansas City aboard a nonstop flight on Midwest Airlines. They feature a 2×2 configuration in their Boeing 717 (updated DC-9) aircraft. This configuration has a business class feel except that the legroom is the same as in regular economy. Really wide seats, really average legroom.
But the service is good and the nonstop flight was appreciated. Oh, and their freshly baked chocolate chip cookies were a highlight.
I was met at the gate by my sister, Jennifer, and elder niece, Emily. The first day in Kansas City has been a lot of fun, and in between jet lag I’ve had time to do some baking including an apple pie (with assistance from sous chef Emily).
Ava, my 18-month-old niece, was shy around me for about the first two minutes and then became my new best friend. She’s already beginning to speak and it is interesting seeing the competition that arises between the girls. Just wait until they are teenagers!