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EVA Air is Star Alliance’s well-regarded Taiwanese airline that’s based at Taipei’s Taoyuan International Airport and that amongst other things, is known for the bold ‘Hello Kitty’ livery sported by some of its aircraft. What it’s not known for is a strong route network to Europe but that’s a status that’s about to be improved.
As things stand, EVA Air offers flights from Taipei to just four European cities – Amsterdam, London, Paris, and Vienna – but following an announcement earlier today, two more cities will soon be added to that list.
EVA Air adds Milan to its network
Originally, EVA Air had planned to launch a new service between Taipei and Milan back in February 2020 but when Covid struck, those plans were put on hold. Now, with the travel world clawing its way back towards a semblance of normality, those plans have been revived and the airline has confirmed that it will commence flights to Milan on 25 October 2022.
This is what the route’s schedule looks like at the moment:
BR95 TPE 21:50 – 06:15+1 day MXP (Tue & Sat)
BR96 MXP 11:00 – 06:15+ 1 day TPE (Wed & Sun)
The twice-weekly service will be operated by EVA Air’s Boeing 777-300ER aircraft featuring 39 all-aisle-access lie-flat Business Class seats, 56 Premium Economy seats, and 258 Economy Class seats.
Munich is the second new destination for EVA Air
Following on the heel of the new Milan route, EVA Air plans to add Munich as another new European city on its route map from 3 November 2022.
Here’s the schedule as it stands right now:
BR71 TPE 23:10 – 07:25+1 day MUC (Mon)
BR71 TPE 23:40 – 07:55+1 day MUC (Wed, Fri & Sun)
BR72 MUC 11:40 – 06:40+1 day TPE (Tue)
BR72 MUC 12:30 – 07:30+1 day TPE (Mon, Thu & Sat)
This 4x/week service will also be operated by EVA’s 777-300ER aircraft but with a slightly different cabin configuration to the aircraft operating to/from Milan. At the time of writing, the aircraft on the Munich route have 38 all-aisle-access lie-flat Business Class seats, 64 Premium Economy seats, and 221 Economy Class seats.
Good to know
EVA Air offers a good reverse herringbone Business Class seat on its Boeing 777-300ER aircraft…
…which a lot of readers may recognize as being very similar to the seat offered by American Airlines on some of its 777s.
The Premium Economy cabin offers seats with 38″ of pitch and a little over 19″ of width which is pretty standard for most Premium Economy cabins.
It’s in Economy Class where the warnings need to be sounded as EVA’s seats here are just 17″ wide (which is very tight) and while a few seats offer a little bit more pitch (legroom) than others, most offer just 31″.
If I couldn’t book an exit row, I’m not sure that I’d put up with this cabin in flights as long as the ones being discussed in this article.
For the first time in 25 years, EVA Air is expanding its offering to/from Europe with the addition of Milan and Munich to its global network. Both routes are launching in the coming winter season and tickets will go on sale tomorrow, 6 July 2022.