EVA Air is announcing with the Chicago Department of Aviation that it will launch nonstop flights from Chicago to Taipei, Taiwan on Thursday, November 3, 2016.
These flights are expected to generate an estimated $200 million annually in economic activity for Chicago and the region, and is the latest in a series of airlines announcing nonstop international service at O’Hare Airport.
“The city of Chicago is pleased to welcome EVA Air’s nonstop international service between two world class cities – Chicago and Taipei,” said Mayor Rahm Emanuel. “This service will increase tourism, create new business opportunities, and help us reach our goal of welcoming 55 million annual visitors by 2020.”
Over the last year, the CDA has added new routes or expanded international air service totaling an additional $380 million in annual economic impact. In March, CDA welcomed China Eastern’s nonstop service to Shanghai, as well as Icelandair’s service to Reykjavik. O’Hare’s existing carriers have added service and increased the number of flights to international destinations in Finland, Ireland, Italy, Panama and Turkey.
Starting in November, EVA flight BR55 will leave O’Hare International Airport at 12:20 a.m. on Monday, Wednesday, Thursday and Saturday and land at Taipei’s Taoyuan International Airport at 6:00 a.m. the next day. North America-bound flight BR56 will depart Taoyuan on Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday and Sunday at 7:50 p.m. and arrive in Chicago at 7:40 p.m. the same day. The airline will operate four flights a week, using one of its latest Wi-Fi equipped Boeing 777-300ERs configured for 333 passengers in Royal Laurel business, Elite premium economy and Economy classes. The airline plans to increase the Chicago-Taipei flights to daily service in May 2017.
Chicago is EVA’s eighth gateway in North America. Passengers can learn more about EVA and its services and book, buy and reserve seats now through travel agents, EVA offices, by calling 800-695-1188 and online at www.evaair.com
EVA has more flights and seat capacity between North America and Taiwan with more one-stop connections to more destinations throughout Asia and Mainland China than any other airline. By year end, it will be offering 76 flights a week between North America and Taipei. It is increasing frequencies on routes within Southeast Asia, boosting the number of onward connections from the current 84 flights a week to 124 this year as well.