Hello Kitty arrives in Houston from Taipei on a 777-300ER. EVA Air worked with Sanrio to tailor a Hello Kitty Shining Star Jet livery and theme especially for Houston. The cast of colourful, Texas-sized characters painted along the length of the plane includes Little Twin Stars Kiki and Lala, flying through the skies with their pet teddy bear while Hello Kitty and My Melody happily ride along on stars.
- EVA Air on 19 June touched down at Houston Intercontinental (IAH), its newest US destination. The Taiwanese carrier has introduced thrice-weekly service on the 12,752-kilometre route from Taipei Taoyuan (TPE). A fourth weekly flight starts in July. Houston becomes the airline’s fifth US destination after Los Angeles, New York JFK, San Francisco and Seattle-Tacoma. No other carrier operates the route. The inaugural service was flown by a brand-new specially painted 777-300ER named Hello Kitty Shining Star Jet. According to Houston Mayor Annise Parker, “The Asian community in Houston is growing at a faster rate than any other demographic group in the city. That’s just one of the many reasons why it’s imperative that we establish and maintain strong air service throughout the Asian region. The arrival of EVA Air is a tremendous step forward in meeting that vital goal.” EVA Air Chairman KW Change added: “I initiated our Hello Kitty Jet concept to make flying fun. Travellers’ responses in Asia, Europe and the United States tell us we are succeeding. The support we have received from the City of Houston, Houston Airport Systems and Texas makes us feel welcome. By flying our latest Hello Kitty Jet and offering convenient one-stop connections to cities throughout Asia, we believe our new service will be a Texas-sized success.” Houston Aviation Director Mario C. Diaz added: “EVA Airways not only brings Houston passengers non-stop access to the Taiwan market but they also bring a fresh and vibrant business approach. This is evident from the moment the inaugural flight touches down and Houston passengers are introduced to a ‘Hello Kitty’ welcome. I’m confident that our customers will respond extremely well to both the route and the fun atmosphere.” See how Houston Intercontinental Airport’s FTWA compares to others from around the world.