With a great deal of fanfare and a cargo load of cuteness, EVA Airways' new specially painted Boeing 777-300ER landed at Houston's Bush Intercontinental Airport late last month, with the carrier's Chairman K.W. Chang serving as captain.
This was no ordinary paint job, and no ordinary plane.
Named the Hello Kitty Shining Star Jet, the plane's exterior features Little Twin Stars Kiki and Lala, Hello Kitty and My Melody—the Taiwanese carrier's seventh Hello Kitty-themed aircraft. Six other Hello Kitty Jets fly from Taiwan to Japan, Korea, Hong Kong, mainland China, Guam and Paris.
The new plane flies EVA's new route between Bush Intercontinental (IAH) and Taiwan's Taoyuan International Airport three times a week. A fourth flight, using a Boeing 777-300ER with a standard EVA livery, also takes the route once.
Following are images from the welcome party for the plane in Houston, and some of the special Hello Kitty-themed amenities offered on board.
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Posted 11 July 2015