“We believe the future of the airline industry will be built on fuel efficiency and cabin comfort. The new Boeing 787-10 Dreamliner’s high fuel efficiency and long-range flying capabilities meets these requirements and our operational needs. These planes will support our growth well into the future,” Eva Air President Cheng said at the signing ceremony.
The aircraft is also equipped with the latest GEnx engine (General Electric next-generation), providing as much as a 20% reduction in fuel burn and CO2 emissions compared to older aircraft models. The high efficiency and range capability allows Eva Air to optimise its fleet and network performance.
The 26 new aircrafts are scheduled to be delivered from 2017 to 2022. As the new aircraft are delivered, older models will be gradually replaced and more flight frequencies and destinations will be added to the airline’s schedule. The new Boeing 787 Dreamliners will be deployed on medium-range and long-haul flights and used with the 777-300ERs to be the backbone of the fleet.
The private Taiwanese airline Eva Air was established in 1989 as a sister company to global container-shipping leader Evergreen Marine Corporation, based in Taipei. It currently operates a fleet of close to 70 Boeing and Airbus aircraft to more than 60 international destinations on four continents.