NORTH CHARLESTON, South Carolina - Taiwanese airline EVA Air has taken delivery of the first of its order for twenty Boeing 787-10 Dreamliners.
The airline plans to use the aircraft on high-density routes in Asia later this summer.
The carrier, marking 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," Steve Lin, Chairman of EVA Air. said Friday.
"The 787-10 offers around 15% 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. As a five-star airline, we are committed to providing world-class service and products to our customers and these new airplanes will be key to our long-term success," Lin said.
Built with lightweight composite materials and powered by advanced GEnx engines, EVA Air's 787-10 is the largest member of the fuel-efficient Dreamliners. At 224 feet long (68 meters), the 787-10 can serve 342 passengers in a two-class configuration, which is 38 more seats than EVA Air's 787-9 Dreamliner.
"EVA Air is an award-winning carrier and has formed a dynamic long-haul fleet. With their 777-300ERs, 787-9s and now the 787-10, EVA Air will have an incredible widebody family to serve its passengers and grow its international network for many years to come," Ihssane Mounir, senior vice president of Commercial Sales and Marketing of The Boeing Company said Friday.
Powered by a suite of new technologies, the 787-10 set a new benchmark for fuel efficiency and operating economics when it entered commercial service last year. The airplane allows operators to achieve 25% better fuel efficiency per seat compared to the previous airplanes in its class. The 787 is currently in service with some of the world's leading airlines and has garnered orders and commitments of up to 50 airplanes so far in 2019.
A member of Star Alliance, EVA Air serves forty international routes with approximately 565 weekly flights. Onboard the airline's new 787 Dreamliner, passengers can experience EVA Air's new Royal Laurel class seats designed by Designworks, a BMW Group company. At 23 inches wide, the new seats feature privacy panels, full lie-flat capabilities as well as enhanced in-flight entertainment systems. EVA Air also partnered with Teague, to redesign its economy class seats, which are produced by Recaro.