One of the great things about flying EVA is that they use terminal 2 at Heathrow which a lot of other Star Alliance airlines do and despite EVA directing you to the Air Canada lounge you can also use the United, Singapore or Lufthansa lounges all of which offer something a little different. I arrived early at about 3.30pm and while the EVA check in doesn’t open until about 5.30pm there was at the time I travelled in September 2019 an area where you could check in earlier which I took advantage of.
As I had plenty of time before my flight at 9.30pm I checked out all the lounges and I would think that the United and Singapore are the best ones to choose if they are open at the time you are there as both had staffed cocktail bars offering a good choice of cocktails as well as the usual offerings.
My flight departed around 9.30pm and on this flight my pre-ordered meals were served which were delicious and there was a noticeably better service flow than on my previous flight which operated during a time the airline was having some industrial action.
It isn’t a big thing but EVA offers two different amenity kits in business class and on flights from Taipei you get a lovely little Rimowa hard case which is fantastic but on flights to Taipei which this flight was as it continued on to Taipei you get a leather Salvatore Ferragamo kit which is also nice so you get a little variety if you do a return trip.
EVA offers a reverse herringbone seat on their 777-300ER which offer a good amount of privacy and storage and the window seats are ideal for solo travellers and the centre aisle seats are better for those travelling in pairs and each seat has direct aisle access.
The seats go to a full flat bed for the overnight flight and a comfortable pillow and blanket are provided as well as earplugs and an eye mask.
The food on this flight was much better than my previous flight to Paris as they offer a wide variety of choices that you can prebook on their website from a large choice that is not available on the flight for the main course for each meal and the pan seared beef with gorgonzola in port wine sauce that I had was pretty much perfect.
They have a good selection of wine and offer a great 2004 Krug as the champagne which is an expensive bottle for business class and far exceeds what may airlines offer in their first class cabin.
EVA air isn’t a very prominent carrier from Australia as the only city they serve is Brisbane which has a large Taiwanese community.
I really enjoyed my flights with EVA in September 2019 and hope to fly them again in the future.