EVA Air because an a Boeing 787 Dreamliner, taking delivery of its first Boeing 787-9.
The aircraft has been delivered via a lease with ALC (Air Lease Corporation) from Boeing’s South Carolina Delivery Center. The plane is fitted with twin GEnx powerplants, and marks the first of 24 aircraft to be delivered to the airline, split by 4 787-9s and 2 787-10 from ALC, and 18 direct orders for 787-10 aircraft.
EVA estimates that it will launch the new Dreamliner on its maiden flight by the end of October 2018. It will fly the aircraft on its Taipei – Hong Kong route until its second Dreamliner is ready to deploy and it can extend the plane’s services to Japan. EVA will steadily expand Dreamliner service to more routes in its network as it adds more of the aircraft to its fleet.
The planes will be fitted with new seats, with business class seating from Thompson Aero Seating, and economy class seating by Recaro Aircraft Seating.
Onto the quotes:
Steve Lin, Chairman of EVA Air states:
“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.”
Steven Udvar-Házy, Executive Chairman of Air Lease Corporation is happy with the lease, stating
“ALC is pleased to deliver this historic first Boeing 787-9 to EVA Air and further our strong relationship with a world-class airline,”
“As the first airline in Taiwan to operate a Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner, EVA Air will continue to excel as a leading international airline with the most technologically advanced and fuel-efficient fleet.”
Kevin McAllister, President and CEO of Boeing Commercial Airplanes
“We are extremely honored that EVA will be introducing the new 787 Dreamliner to their world-class fleet,”
“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.”
It’s a big step for the airline, which continues to turn to Boeing for its long haul aircraft. Combined with new seating, this should offer a reasonable passenger experience.
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