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Taipei to San Francisco

Fri Feb 28 2020

For the final leg of our flight coming back to America we flew EVA Airlines, again on a Boeing 737-300ER. If you have the means to avoid it, I would not fly AVA Airlines as there are some better airlines for the money. I’m not sure if it was because we flew out of Osaka or if the return trip to America is normally just more expensive and less selective.

Shortly after take off, Kate had mentioned EVA airlines was listed as a direct competitor to China airlines and that EVA is considered a 5 star airline, while China airlines is a 4 star airline? We disagreed with this statement! For a short while during boarding, we thought about playing the honeymoon card and exchanging our seats for business or first class.

For one, we ended up not being able to book a premium economy seat, and were seated in regular economy. Luckily the seats weren’t horrible and the legroom was actually comparable to what we got on the China Airlines flight. We got window and middle seats and no one actually ended up sitting next to us so we had the aisle seat to ourselves. Luckily for me, my right knee and leg weren’t hurting but if it had, I at least would’ve had another seat to stretch out in.

Overall, the flight wasn’t super packed, but China airlines service and quality and accommodations were far superior. All our headphones work, which was a surprise considering we were in economy. Figured the cheaper wires would be shorted out or something. Entertainment selection on this flight was definitely not as expansive as China Airlines. Movies were heavily censored, and there didn’t seem to be as many big-budget movies or American movies available. Maybe this was due to the flight originating in Taipei. Also, not touching your face at this point is almost impossible!!!


Steven Wright

Written by Steven Wright who lives and works in Sacramento building useful things.