EVA Airways 56
Royal Laurel Class (Business)
Taipei Taoyuan (TPE) to Chicago O’Hare (ORD)
EVA Air Business Class 777 Review
I was excited to fly EVA Airlines Royal Laurel Class because I had heard it offers one of the best business class seats. It was also a Hello Kitty flight – which made it an even better experience!
EVA Air Royal Laurel Class Cabin
The EVA Airways 777-300ER business class cabin (which EVA Air calls Royal Laurel Class) features reverse herringbone seats in a 1-2-1 configuration. There is no row 4 because the number 4 is considered bad luck in some Asia countries including Taiwan.
Everyone in Royal Laurel Class has direct aisle access. The reverse herringbone seat layout makes the seat feel more private -the solo seats face the window and the middle seats face inward with your head by the aisle.
The solo seats by the window are best when traveling alone. Although the seats are fairly open on the side, the window seats feel private because you are not sitting next to anyone and are facing the window.
Royal Laurel Seats
Overall, I found the seat to be comfortable enough. The seat does not have a lot of storage space but there are 2 small compartments (one at the top and one at the bottom near the footrest) to tuck away belongings like your water bottle, books, magazines etc. There is no storage for your carry on bag so you have to place it in the overhead during takeoff and landing.
Seats reclined to a fully lie-flat bed. The footrest/ottoman is a bit narrow towards the window which could be an issue for very tall flyers when in the flat position but I found it acceptable (I’m about 5’7).
EVA Air Business Class 777 Amenities and Service
Upon boarding, a blanket, pillow (with Hello Kitty cover), noise-canceling headphones, slippers were waiting for me on the seat. The headphones were soft, comfortable and necessary. There was an occasional weird buzzing noise that would start and stop so I had to use them to block out the noise otherwise I would not be able to sleep at all.
There was also a Rimowa amenity kit containing toothbrush and toothpaste, comb, socks, eye shade, earplugs, lens wiping cloth as well as Clarins body lotion, hand and nail treatment cream and lip balm. I think this is one of the most stylish amenity kits I have received with a cool looking design in deep red.
A power outlet and USB outlet were available for charging portable electronics. The IFE had a decent selection of movies, tv shows and games.
You can purchase wi-fi but since I wanted to sleep I did not use the wi-fi at all and can’t vouch for speed.
Service was good enough – I had no complaints.
EVA Air Business Class 777 Food and Drink
Below are photos of the menu:
Also included was the menu for the same flight from Chicago to Taipei with slightly different choices:
I selected the Grilled USDA Prime Beef Fillet with Crystal Pink Salt for my main course and the Royal Laurel Special before landing.
After dinner the flight attendants passed around a bottle of Fiji water. I pretty much slept the rest of the flight after dinner until it was time for my meal before landing.
Hello Kitty Flight
This was a Hello Kitty flight so we flew on a Hello Kitty plane. In addition to the plane, there were Hello Kitty touches like the pillow cover, the napkins, slippers etc. Even the instruction card and disposal bag had a Hello Kitty design. I asked the flight attendant and she gave me a free deck of Hello Kitty cards, pen plus a shopping bag which you would receive if you do in flight shopping.
This was my second Hello Kitty flight, but my first in business class. (Read my Hello Kitty economy class flight review from Singapore to Taipei here.)
Final EVA Air Business Class 777 Review
Overall, I was pleased with my Royal Laurel Class flight. The lie-flat reverse herringbone seat was comfortable and private with a decent amount of room for my feet. Plus I also enjoyed that the flight was a Hello Kitty flight which made it more fun.