EVA Air has taken delivery of its first Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner. The aircraft was delivered by Air Lease Corp., an aircraft lessor that Eva Air will lease the 787 from.
The aircraft, which was delivered on Tuesday, is the first of 24 Dreamliners for EVA Air. In 2015, the carrier announced a deal for 18 787-10s. The airline will take additional Dreamliners from Air Lease Corp.
“[Air Lease Corp] is honored to deliver this first B787-9 aircraft to EVA Air,” said Steven Udvar-Házy, Executive Chairman of Air Lease Corporation. “With this historic new Dreamliner, EVA Air will be the first airline in Taiwan with a Boeing 787-9 aircraft and progress into the future with an optimized fleet and enhanced customer experience. EVA Air has been a loyal [Air Lease Corp] customer since 2014 and we are proud to be able to consistently contribute to the airline’s continued growth and success as one of the most advanced, fuel-efficient operators in Asia.”
“EVA Air is pleased to announce this significant first B787-9 delivery from our friends at [Air Lease Corp],” said Steve Lin, Chairman of EVA Air. “With this new 787-9 Dreamliner, EVA Air will continue to excel in the international market with a modern and diverse fleet, offering state-of-the-art aircraft and an unparalleled travel experience for our customers.”
EVA Air already operates a range of Boeing aircraft, many of which are leased. In addition to this new 787, EVA Air has four Boeing 777-300ERs on lease from Air Lease Corp. EVA Air will take three additional 787-9s and two 787-10s from Air Lease Corp through 2020. After all aircraft are delivered, EVA Air’s fleet will include ten Boeing planes on long-term lease.
“This milestone delivery marks the beginning of a new era for EVA Air as we continue to revolutionize Taiwan’s dynamic commercial aviation industry,” said Lin. “The 787 Dreamliner’s extraordinary efficiency and passenger pleasing cabin features will further elevate EVA Air’s position as a five-star global airline. We are excited to introduce the 787 into our fleet and they will play an integral role in our success going forward.”
EVA’s 787 is powered by General Electric GEnx engines. The 787 Dreamliner family, which is built with lightweight composite materials, allows for operating costs 20% lower than the planes it replaces and 10% lower than the planes it competes with today.
“We are extremely honored 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. I am confident that the market-leading capabilities of the 787 will contribute immensely to the airline’s long-term success.”
EVA’s 787 will feature its new Royal Laurel Business Class seats, which were designed by Designworks, a member of BMW Group. The lie-flat seats include privacy panels and an enhanced in-flight entertainment system. EVA’s 787 will also feature redesigned economy class seats, which were designed by Teague and produced by Recaro.
EVA Air plans to take advantage of Boeing Global Services features, including Maintenance Performance Toolbox, Airplane Health Management, and the Electronic Flight Bag product. EVA Air will also use Component Services, through which the carrier will have access to a global pool of rotable parts, components, and line-replacement units managed by Boeing.
EVA Air offers 565 weekly international services.
The 787-9 is the second plane in the Dreamliner family, which feature 20-25% better fuel efficiency per seat than the planes it replaces. The 787-9 can fly 290 passengers in a typical two-class configuration. Its range is 7,635 nautical miles (14,140 kilometers). The 787-10, a stretch of the 787-9, adds additional seating and cargo capacity.
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