EVA Air has taken delivery of their first 787-9 Dreamliner via lease from Air Lease Corp at Boeing’s South Carolina Delivery Center and plans to debut the long-range aircraft in November on international routes.
It marks the first of 24 Dreamliners for the Taipei-based airline. In 2015, EVA Air announced a landmark order for 18 787-10 aircraft along with plans to operate four 787-9s and two 787-10s on lease from ALC. This remains the largest commercial aircraft purchase in Taiwan’s history.
EVA Air chairman, Steve Lin said: “This milestone delivery marks the beginning of a new era for EVA Air as we continue to revolutionize Taiwan’s dynamic commercial aviation industry.
“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.”
A member of Star Alliance, EVA Air serves international routes with approximately 565 weekly flights.