Goodbye Kitty! EVA Air Set To Repaint Hello Kitty Boeing 777

EVA Air is officially saying goodbye to one of its unique ‘Hello Kitty Sanrio Family’ Boeing 777 liveries. The aircraft will return to the carrier’s standard green livery next month after over seven years. Let’s find out more about this livery and aircraft.

EVA Air Boeing 777-300ER (Hello Kitty Sanrio Family Livery)
This Boeing 777 is one of many aircraft EVA Air has painted in special Hello Kitty-themed liveries. Photo: 晟瑋 葉 via Flickr

Goodbye Kitty!

EVA Air announced yesterday that it is planning to say goodbye to one of its beloved Boeing 777 liveries. In specific, the airline is retiring the “Hello Kitty Sanrio Family” livery on one of its 777-300ERs. The plane will return to standard EVA Air colors on 16th May 2021, which means fans have three weeks to see the aircraft in the skies.

Currently, the plane is operating services between Taipei and San Francisco, so keep your eyes peeled if you find yourself in either city. According to data from RadarBox.com, the aircraft has also been seen in Los Angeles and Hanoi in recent weeks, so keep an eye out!

EVA Air Boeing 777-300ER (Hello Kitty)
EVA Air has asked eager spotters and fans to expect to see the plane at San Francisco Airport soon. Photo: Florian Klebl via Flickr

The aircraft carrying this livery is a 15-year-old Boeing 777-300ER, registered B-16703, according to Planespotters.net. This type is the most popular in EVA Air’s fleet and operates long-haul routes in Europe and the US in usual times. The plane was reconfigured in 2016 to have 38 seats in business class, 64 in premium economy, and 221 in economy.

History

As mentioned, the livery featured here is the Hello Kitty Sanrio Family one, known as “Hand In Hand.” This was painted in September 2013 and came with a new onboard experience to match. On the flight, passengers would be served in Hello Kitty-themed cutlery and could buy exclusive products, a lucrative business.

According to Paxex.aero, EVA Air reported that Hello Kitty flights saw 3% strong operations compared to other flights. This was despite charging slightly higher for the onboard experience, which passengers didn’t seem to mind. The special liveried 777s on long-haul routes were the most popular for the airline.

After eight years in a special livery, the standard EVA Air livery looks a bit underwhelming sadly. Photo: Vincenzo Pace | Simple Flying

However, since last year, the Hello Kitty experience has been suspended due to the COVID-19 fears. This likely meant that the licensing costs no longer made much sense for the airline since passengers could not buy merchandise or enjoy the experience. However, the Hello Kitty liveries lives on with EVA Air.

Not the only one

While we might be saying goodbye to the earliest Hello Kitty livery in the fleet, EVA Air still has more available! In fact, the airline currently has three more specially painted jets, two A330-300s (B-16332 and -33) and one more 777-300ER (B-16722). All three of these aircraft feature different Sanrio characters for passengers and onlookers to enjoy.

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While the number of Hello Kitty aircraft has decreased in the last year, three more remain for now. Photo: Getty Images

What do you think about the Hello Kitty liveries? Are you sad to see them go? Let us know in the comments!


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