THE SEAT:

Business Traveler (USA) - - TRIED & TESTED -

Oh, the seat… win­dow seats are es­pe­cially pri­vate as they an­gle away from the aisle with a mas­sive, swing-out tele­vi­sion screen, a large con­sole for stor­ing items, and a power out­let and USB port. Each seat has sev­eral large win­dows, but the best part is that the seat goes com­pletely flat (in ad­di­tion to var­i­ous loung­ing po­si­tions) with an arm rest that rises to co­coon you in pri­vacy. A large pil­low and thick, plaid du­vet were there for added com­fort.

Name recog­ni­tion was a hall­mark from all crewmem­bers. Since I placed my meal or­ders with my reser­va­tion, the flight at­ten­dants knew my choice al­ready, but I still pe­rused the thick menu packed with bev­er­age se­lec­tions (EVA Air is the only air­line to serve Krug in busi­ness class) and three meal ser­vices. All meals are served a la carte di­rectly on the ta­ble for a true restau­rant ex­pe­ri­ence. I ap­pre­ci­ated the stem­less wine glasses – which re­mained topped up con­stantly – and the ser­vice ware metic­u­lously placed on the table­cloth.

The mid-af­ter­noon de­par­ture meant an early din­ner, start­ing with a lovely ap­pe­tizer. My main dish of rack of lamb with cous­cous was per­fect and pre­sented with great flair. Fresh fruit fol­lowed along with a cheese and dessert cart, and there were al­ways snacks avail­able in the gal­ley. The cabin is won­der­fully quiet; af­ter a morn­ing of meet­ings, it was nice to re­cline my seat and conk out for awhile. Half­way through the 13-hour flight, I or­dered the tra­di­tional Tai­wanese noo­dle soup. The fairly priced on­board WiFi by T-Mo­bile worked quite well even over Alaska. Af­ter yet an­other slum­ber, the third meal of the day was wok-fried noo­dles with veg­eta­bles.

Be­fore touch­ing down, I made one last visit to

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