Hello Kitty! Eva Air brings its themed 777 to LAX for the first time

The paint job on Eva Air's Hello Kitty Boeing 777 is impressive. But the interior is even better.

The paint job on Eva Air’s Hello Kitty Boeing 777 is impressive. But the interior is even better. All photos by your blogger.

Before Wednesday, I did not know what Hello Kitty was. Actually, I’m still exactly sure what the whole thing is about.

But I know it’s a big deal. I know this because Eva Air brought a Hello Kitty-themed Boeing 777 to Los Angeles International Airport on Wednesday. And it was pandemonium. Many fans and media were present for the big party.

Eva, Taiwan’s national carrier, has actually had Hello Kitty jets for a long time. But I believe this is the first time one has crossed the Pacific Ocean to the United States. It looks like the plane will fly between Los Angeles and Taipei three times per week for a while.

Read on for some shots from the plane.

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Report: Eva Air is bringing its ‘Hello Kitty’ branded planes to LAX in September

Eva Air is bringing one of its 'Hello Kitty' branded planes to Los Angeles, starting in September.

Eva Air is bringing one of its ‘Hello Kitty’ branded planes to Los Angeles, starting in September.

Try to contain your excitement.

Eva Air is bringing its Hello Kitty planes to Los Angeles, according to this report. The specially painted planes have been flying within Asia for some time, but this appears to be the first time they are coming to the United States.

According to the report, ┬áthe first Boeing 777-300ER with the paint job arrives in Los Angeles on Sept. 18. For some – though not me – this is probably exciting.

Want more information? Check out this slightly creepy Hello Kitty themed website maintained by the Taiwanese carrier.

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Star Alliance lounge at LAX features outdoor seating, fire pits

Last week, we were first to report that some premium customers at the new LAX Tom Bradley International Terminal will have access to a special outdoor lounge, complete with a bar, lounge chairs and fire pits.

It took a week, but we finally secured renderings of the space, which will be used by first and business class customers, as well as some elite frequent fliers, flying on most Star Alliance airlines. It should open later this summer, when a key piece of the new building is finally opened.

The airlines using the lounge are: All Nippon Airways, Asiana Airlines, EVA Air, Lufthansa, Singapore Airlines, SWISS, THAI and Turkish Airlines and Air New Zealand.

Will you be using this lounge? What do you think of it? Do you think airlines cater too much to premium customers?

The outdoor terrace at the new LAX international terminal.

The outdoor terrace at the new LAX international terminal.

The bar at the new Star Alliance lounge, LAX.

The bar at the new Star Alliance lounge, LAX.

Inside seating at the new Star Alliance lounge, LAX

Inside seating at the new Star Alliance lounge, LAX

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New Star Alliance lounge at LAX will have outdoor lounge chairs and fire pits

Above, an early rendering of what the new Star Alliance lounge at LAX will look like.

Above, an early rendering of what the new Star Alliance lounge at LAX will look like.

If you have access to the new Star Alliance lounge at Los Angeles International Airport, you’ll be in for a unique outdoor experience.

The lounge for elite and premium cabin passengers on some airlines will feature an outdoor patio with lounge chairs for sun bathing, an outdoor bar, fire pits and a water feature, airport officials told me Thursday. The space in the almost finished new Tom Bradley International Terminal will have sweeping views of downtown Los Angeles and the airfield.

“You’ll be able to enjoy the sunshine of Southern California,” said Mike Doucette, project manager for Los Angeles World Airports. “And daytime or nighttime, you’ll be able to watch planes approach on an outdoor balcony that’s landscaped and has a bar area on it.”

Outdoor clubs are a relatively new phenomenon, and Delta Air Lines has been rolling them out in New York and Atlanta with great fanfare. But despite the great weather in Southern California, all the airline clubs at LAX are indoors. This should represent a welcome change for premium Star Alliance customers flying internationally.

Air New Zealand will be running the LAX club on behalf of the other members of the alliance, which include Swiss, Lufthansa, Eva Air, Singapore Airlines, Turkish Airlines and Thai Airways. (A full list of carriers can be found here, though not all those airlines will serve the new international terminal).

Doucette said original plans for the lounge did not include an outdoor element. But he said airline officials decided they wanted more space, and an outdoor patio seemed like a good place to put more seating.

“We’re trying to create something that is symbolic of Los Angeles and the California lifestyle,” Doucette said.

The new lounge should be ready for passengers in August or September, when the new terminal is expected to open. Until then, premium and elite passengers will have to wait for flights in the quaint but relatively small existing Star Alliance lounge.

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