EVA Air has taken delivery of its first Boeing 787-10 Dreamliner – marking the first of 20 787-10s the carrier plans to use on high-density routes within Asia later this summer.
The airline, which is also celebrating its 30th anniversary this year, already operates a fleet of four 787-9 Dreamliners.
“The 787 Dreamliner has become the flagship of our fleet and we will leverage the airplane’s unrivaled fuel efficiency, reliability and size to operate high-density markets in Asia,” said Steve Lin, chairman of EVA Air.
“The 787-10 offers around 15 per cent more cabin space and cargo capacity compared to our existing 787-9s and this added capability will allow us to explore new opportunities for future growth in the emerging markets within Asia Pacific.”
At 224 feet long (68 metres), EVA Air’s 787-10 can serve 342 passengers in a two-class configuration, which is 38 more seats than EVA Air’s 787-9 Dreamliner.
A member of Star Alliance, EVA Air serves international routes with approximately 565 weekly flights.