EVA Airways has decided buying up to 24 Boeing 787-10 Dreamliners and two additional B777-300ER (Extended Range) jetliners, valued at more than USD 8 billion at current list prices.
EVA Airways will “join the 787-10 launch customer team and will be one of the first airlines in the world to introduce the newest member of the 787 Dreamliner family,” a Boeing statement said.
EVA Airways continues to modernize its long-haul fleet to replace aging aircraft and the new planes will allow the airline to expand into new markets, particularly in Southeast Asia, Oceania and North America.
“We look forward to welcoming EVA Airways as Boeing’s newest member of the 787-10 Dreamliner launch customer group,” Boeing Commercial Airplanes president and chief executive Ray Conner said.
“EVA Airways has been a valued Boeing customer over the past few decades and we are honoured that they continue to introduce new Boeing widebody airplanes into their growing world-class fleet.”
The airline currently operates more than 37 Boeing airplanes in its fleet, including 21 777-300ERs. The 777-300ER is the backbone of EVA Airways’ growing fleet and the carrier is the world’s 8th largest 777-300ER operator and 4th largest in Asia.
With its intent to purchase two additional 777-300ERs as part of this deal, EVA Airways will have unfilled orders for 15 777-300ERs and five 777 Freighters, as well as 24 787-10s – both direct purchased and leased.
The 787-10 will be the third and longest member of the B787 family. With its greater passenger and cargo capacity, robust range and passenger-pleasing features, the 787-10 will complement EVA’s Boeing widebody fleet while setting a new benchmark for fuel efficiency and operating economics, a Boeing statement said.
The B787-10 will be 25% better in fuel and emissions than the airplanes it replaces and more than 10% better than anything offered by the competition for the future, Boieng said.
Edited by William Sykes