EVA Air Business Class Taipei, Taiwan-Kuala Lumpur – Review
While I’m never quite ready to leave Taipei, and this day was no exception, I found myself at Taipei-Taoyuan International Airport on an early Wednesday morning, bound for Kuala Lumpur International Airport in Malaysia on EVA Air.
The check-in counter for EVA Air’s regional business class was virtually empty, and an agent had me head to the gate in no time at all. Both security and immigration were a breeze, leaving me with some time to wander around the expansive facility.
Boarding was to begin at 9:00 AM but suffered a short fifteen minute delay. Business class passengers boarded first, and my bags found a home in the overhead bin of the Airbus A321 aircraft.
I settled into seat 1A, where a blanket, pillow, and noise-cancelling headphones were waiting. A cheery flight attendant offered a selection of pre-departure beverages, hot towels, and confirmation of lunch choices for the scheduled four-hour flight.
We pushed off a few minutes behind schedule, and joined a lengthy queue for takeoff. We were wheels up thirty minutes behind schedule, but thanks to a nap, I didn’t really notice.
The flight plan took us southward along the Taiwanese coast before turning to the southwest and heading over the waters of the South China Sea towards Kuala Lumpur. We crossed over the Malay Peninsula overflying Taman Negara, a vast national park that was to be my temporary home for the next two weeks. The park gave way to palm oil and rubber plantations and soon we landed at Kuala Lumpur international Airport only a few minutes behind schedule.