Eva Air currently operates the Vienna – Bangkok – Taipei route four times a week with the Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner. On February 16, 2020, there will be a change of aircraft to the new Dreamliner 787-10. The three weekly Eva Air direct flights between Taipei and Vienna will continue to be operated with the Boeing 787-9.
The Boeing 787-10 is 68.3 meters (224.1 ft.) long, approximately 5 meters (16.4 ft.) longer than 787-9. Eva Air configured its 787-10s for 342 passengers, 38 seats more than in its sister 787-9 aircraft. Furthermore, the Boeing 787-10 holds one to two tonnes more air freight than the 787-9.
“Fuel efficiency and cabin comfort are two key factors that determine a commercial jetliner’s competitiveness in the global aviation market,” said EVA President Clay Sun at the takeover of the new aircraft. “The Boeing Dreamliner’s reliable performance and advanced aviation technologies make it an excellent choice for the aircraft we need to continue growing our route network and providing our passengers with safe, comfortable flights.”
EVA is adding a total of 24 Dreamliners to its fleet. Starting in 2018, it now operates four of the 787-9 Dreamliners. To celebrate its 30th anniversary this year, the airline has begun to introduce the larger 787-10. By 2022, the airline will be operating 16 more 787-10s in their international network.
EVA Air has already deployed new Dreamliners on routes from Taipei to Tokyo, Osaka, Hong Kong and Vienna. It will start flying one of the aircraft to Brisbane, Australia, later this month and extend to Vancouver in the first quarter of 2020.