In October I wrote about EVA Air’s latest route announcement, whereby they’ll be starting service between Taipei and Houston as of next summer. The Taiwan based carrier also said they plan to commence flights between Taipei and Chicago as of 2016, though no timeline has been announced for that.
Obviously this growth is caused by their entry into the Star Alliance last year, which is opening up a lot of new routes for them thanks to the easy feed they can get from United in the US.
Anyway, EVA Air has now published the schedule and opened reservations for their new 4x weekly Boeing 777-300ER flight between Taipei and Houston, which launched on June 19, 2015. Via airlineroute.net, the flight will operate with the following schedule:
BR52 Taipei to Houston departing 10:00PM arriving 11:25PM [Sun, Tue, Wed, Fri]
BR51 Houston to Taipei departing 1:15AM arriving 5:55AM (+1 day) [Mon, Wed, Thu, Sat]
At 14hr25min eastbound and 15hr40min westbound and nearly 8,000 miles, this is EVA Air’s furthest route.
Having another direct link between Asia and Texas is an exciting development for people in the area, especially for Star Alliance flyers.
EVA Air has a fantastic fully flat business class product with reverse herringbone seats. The service is excellent and they offer Rimowa amenity kits, pajamas, and Veuve Cliquot La Grande Dame champagne (which is excellent, though they used to serve Dom Perignon).
EVA Air 777-300ER Royal Laurel Class
I’ve flown EVA Air business class several times, including on the following flights:
- EVA Air Royal Laurel Class 777-300ER Taipei to San Francisco
- EVA Air Hello Kitty Royal Laurel Class 777-300ER Taipei to Los Angeles
- EVA Air Business Class A330-200 Tokyo Narita to Taipei
- EVA Air Business Class A321 Tokyo Narita to Taipei
Unfortunately it doesn’t look like EVA Air has released any award space on the new route yet.
EVA Air award availability was amazing when they first joined the Star Alliance, though it has gotten progressively worse over time. As of August they’re actually not making longhaul business class award space available to partner airlines more than ~90 days before departure. And nowadays most business class award space is released to partner airlines within a week or two of departure. Economy award space is generally released further in advance, though.
While the EVA Air business class award availability trend is kind of unfortunate, this route is still exciting for many. EVA Air has a great business class product, and as far as I know the first nonstop flight between Texas and Taiwan.