EVA Air, Boeing and Air Lease Corp. (ALC) celebrated the delivery of the Taiwanese carrier’s first B787-9 Dreamliner, via lease from ALC, which EVA plans to put into service in November on international long-haul routes.
“This milestone delivery marks the beginning of a new era for EVA Air as we continue to revolutionise Taiwan’s dynamic commercial aviation industry,” said Steve Lin, chairman of EVA Air.
Today’s delivery marks the first of 24 Dreamliners for the Taipei-based carrier which also has options for six more B787-10s. In 2015, EVA Air announced a landmark order for 18 B787-10 aircraft along with plans to operate four B787-9s and two B787-10s on lease from ALC. This remains the largest commercial aircraft purchase in Taiwan’s history.
“ALC is pleased to deliver this historic first Boeing 787-9 to EVA Air and further our strong relationship with a world-class airline,” says Steven Udvar-Házy, executive chairman of Air Lease Corporation. “As the first airline in Taiwan to operate a Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner, EVA Air will continue to excel as a leading international airline with the most technologically advanced and fuel-efficient fleet,” he adds.
“We are extremely honoured that EVA will be introducing the new 787 Dreamliner to their world-class fleet,” said Kevin McAllister, president and CEO of Boeing Commercial Airplanes. “This milestone delivery signals yet another chapter in our enduring partnership with EVA.”
EVA Air serves international routes with approximately 565 weekly flights utilising a fleet of 75 aircraft including six freighters – two B747-400BDSFs, one B747-400F and three B777Fs. Two more B777Fs are still to be delivered in 2019 and will replace the B747 aircraft.
As a stretch of the B787-9, the B787-10 retains over 95 per cent commonality while adding seats and cargo capacity, setting a new benchmark for fuel efficiency and operating economics at 25 per cent better fuel per seat and emissions than the aircraft it will replace.