EVA Air and Boeing have finalized an order for five 777 Freighters. The order, valued at more than $1.5 billion at list prices, will represent the first 777 freighters to join EVA Air’s fleet, and the first to be delivered to a Taiwanese airline. Boeing first announced EVA Air’s intent to order triple seven cargo aircraft at the Paris Air Show last month.
EVA Air currently operates more than 35 Boeing airplanes, including 20 777-300ERs. With 13 additional 777-300ERs on order – both direct purchased and leased – EVA will become one of the largest 777 operators in the world. The carrier plans to grow its operational twin-aisle fleet to more than 60 airplanes by the end of 2025.
“We are pleased to be the first airline in Taiwan to introduce Boeing 777 freighters,” EVA President Austin Cheng said in his remarks. “EVA participated in development of the Boeing 777-300ER and became a launch customer. We now fly 21 Boeing 777-300ERs and have 13 more on order. We have made the right choice as our experience with this aircraft’s advanced technology and excellent performance indicates what we can expect from the Boeing 777 freighters. These freighters will be the backbone of our air cargo service for the next decade.”
According to the Boeing World Air Cargo Forecast, global air freight traffic is forecast to grow at an annual rate of 4.7 percent, doubling the cargo traffic over the next 20 years.
EVA Air became the world’s first airline to operate the Boeing 777-300ER with Panasonic’s new eX3 in-flight entertainment system on 21 May 2014. The delivery was even more special, because the Taiwan-based company got its 16th and 17th 777-300ER (Extended Range) – that have the new system – at the same time.
The eX3 system features in-flight Wi-Fi connectivity and high-definition video touch screens at every seat. The airline’s first double airplane delivery also helps mark the airline’s 25-year anniversary.
The Boeing 777 is a twin-engine, long-haul airplane. The 300ER is equipped with GE90-115B engines and can seat up to 386 passengers in a three-class configuration with a maximum range of 7,825 nautical miles (14,490 kilometers).
With the newest delivery EVA Air’s fleet includes 49 Boeing airplanes, more than half of all its aircraft.
EVA Air of Taiwan has taken delivery of its first Sharklet equipped A321 aircraft, on lease from GE Capital Aviation Services (GECAS). The aircraft was handed over during a ceremony in Hamburg.
This A321 is the first of eight A321s with Sharklets that will be operated by EVA Air. The Sharklets should make it possible to reduce fuel usage by up to four per cent, and this translates into cost savings or adding an additional 100 nautical miles range or increased payload capability of up to 450 kilograms.
Sharklets are made from light-weight composites and are 2.4 meters tall. They are an option on new-build A320 Family aircraft and standard on all members of the new A320neo family.
The Airbus A321 is the largest member of the world’s best-selling A320 Family. As of today, over 9,900 A320 Family aircraft have been sold worldwide and almost 5,800 aircraft delivered to some 390 customers and operators.