Star Alliance member and United partner EVA Air, based in Taiwan, currently flies Hello Kitty planes to Los Angeles and Chicago.
The ‘Shining Star’ jet flies to Chicago three times a week, from Taipei (flight BR56) on Wednesday, Friday, and Sunday and from Chicago (flight BR55) on Monday, Thursday, and Saturday.
There are special boarding passes and baggage stickers, Hello Kitty crew uniforms, and the seats are transformed into Hello Kitty with headrest covers and pillows. Meal service features utensilves, cups, and napkins that are Hello Kitty. The lavatories are stocked with themed toilet paper.
Los Angeles service is offered three times weekly with the Sanrio Family Hand in Hand jet. This aircraft will cease flying to Los Angeles on October 27 and begin flying to San Francisco instead October 29.
In the second quarter of 2020, however, that aircraft will be withdrawn from service to be returned to its lessor. That’s one less Hello Kitty plane that will be in the fleet.