Review: EVA Air Business Class 777-300ER Singapore to Taipei
EVA Air business class is consistently ranked among the top in the world. This flight was no exception. Everything from check in at Singapore Changi Airport to disembarking in Taipei was quite exceptional. The service is top notch and the food was delicious. One thing that stood out to me in this flight review is how new and well designed the aircraft was. The 777-300ER is well known for having the 1-2-1 reverse herringbone configuration in business class with completely lay flat seats. However after traveling on several other 777-300ER with the same reverse herringbone configuration, I can safely say that this EVA Air 777-300ER aircraft was the best that I have reviewed so far.
While this review is similar to my other EVA Air Business Class Flight TPE-LAX in that I am reviewing an EVA Air 777-300ER in business class, there will be some differences in that it is a 5 hour regional vs a 14 hour long haul flight.
How We Booked EVA Air Business Class
This EVA business class flight from Singapore to Taipei was the second of our three flight journey back home from Bali Denpasar DPS Airport. We each used 80K United Airlines points to book business class from DPS-LAX. The actual routing was DPS-SIN, SIN-TPE and TPE-LAX. There were several different routing options, but this one allowed us to have a free 23 hour layover in Singapore and also to experience the #1 airport in the world (Singapore Changi Airport) and one of the best airport lounges in the world (Singapore Airlines Silverkris Lounge in Singapore). In all we had about 20 hours of flying time, three business class flights, a free Stopover in Singapore and access to several top airport lounges.. not bad for 80K points (the signup bonus earned from one credit card).
EVA Air Check In
The check in, security and boarding process at the Singapore Changi Airport was very streamline. There was no wait at the check in counter and the agents were extremely helpful in assisting us in correcting our passport mishap. We left our passports locked in the room safe in the Intercontinental Robertson Quay. They allowed us to use their phones to call the hotel, open the safe and call a taxi to bring our passports to us. We were extremely worried, but the EVA Air agents were amazing and everything worked out in the end!
The Singapore Airlines SilverKris Lounge in Singapore is one of the best airport lounges in the world. The design is magnificent with marble everywhere with wood and leather accents. The soft lighting creates a very calming yet royal ambiance.
As mentioned previously, the Singapore Changi Airport is the #1 airport in the world, and after traveling through I can understand why. In addition to the beautiful architecture, calming ambiance (mood lighting and soothing music), butterfly garden, 24 hour movie theaters.
Another neat feature of the Singapore Changi Airport is that the security checkpoint is actually at your gate. While there wasn’t a separate line for EVA Air business class, this seems to save time as the line is much smaller for one gate. Additionally you can keep beverage bottles with you through the majority of the airport.
Flight Space EVA Air Business Class 777
The EVA Air 777-300ER has no first class, but there are two business class cabins with 40 business class seats total. The first cabin has six rows while the second cabin has four rows, each with four seats in the 1-2-1 reverse herringbone configuration. One thing to note is that the color of this cabin was a lighter green than what I have seen for many of the other EVA Air 777-300ER aircraft. It felt literally brand new, so that may be something to key an eye out for in the future.
Our seats were 3D and 3G, which were the two center seats in the third row. The two center seats are probably best when traveling with a partner, as they are angled toward each other, but you do have to lean forward pretty far to talk to the other person! This can be welcome though when traveling alone as even the two seats offer you plenty of privacy.
On the 777-300ER with a reverse herringbone configuration, single side seats offer the advantage of having windows and slightly more privacy as the seat is angled away from the aisle and toward the windows.
The EVA Air business class seat itself was very comfortable and comparable to others in the 777-300ER reverse herringbone configuration. It is an completely lay flat seat with 72 inches of pitch, 81 inches of total bed length and 26 inches of width. These completely lay flat seats are much more comfortable (especially for long haul flights) than the angled lay flat and reclining seats found in some business classes. There was plenty of room for me to stretch out with the seat reclined.
The touch screen TV was large with a matte finish to prevent glare. The TV controller was the most modern that I have seen and could control the TV either by touching the remote control screen, or by using the buttons. The TV controls were also responsive which is an improvement over most aircraft as well.
The headphones by Thunder were on par with some of the best that I have used (Bose Cathay Pacific for example).
The charging port made for easy access.
EVA Air Business Class Service
The EVA Air business class service was exceptional. The flight attendants were very attentive and seemed to anticipate my needs even before I thought about it. Before takeoff, Dr. Richland would you like a blanket? While I still have ½ glass of champagne left, would you like another? Obviously the only acceptable answer is yes.
EVA Air Business Class Food and Beverage
The food was very good and again some of the best I have reviewed in business class. Even the menu looked amazing.
The dessert was an assortment of perfectly ripe fruit, brownie chocolate mousse and strawberry charlotte, all which were devoured in succession. Some business classes almost attempt to drown you in food and drink (not always a bad thing), but I appreciated that EVA Air stuck to high quality ingredients albeit smaller portions.
The beverage menu was top notch, as expected for an EVA Air business class flight as well.
Flight Review Conclusion
For this EVA Air business class flight review, I give my highest regards to EVA Air and their staff. Everything was either on par with or exceeded what other business class products offer. The food and service were both outstanding. What really stood out to me was how new and nice the aircraft felt. The inside was a lighter shade of green than other EVA Air 777-300ER, so that may be something to take note of in the future, and something I will look out for in future EVA Air flight reviews.