Taipei-based EVA Air has finalized a follow-on order for three Boeing 777-300ERs, the order also including purchase rights for an additional four aircraft.
In addition to the Boeing order for three 777-300ERs, EVA Air will also lease four 777-300ERs from GE Capital Aviation Services (GECAS), adding a total of seven new 777-300ERs to its long-haul, twin-aisle fleet. EVA Air currently operates 15 Boeing 777-300ERs.
“The 777-300ER is the flagship of our long-haul fleet and will play an important role in growing our global operations,” says Chang Kuo-wei, president of EVA Air. “The highly efficient, technologically advanced airplane will enhance the premium flying experience for passengers and will also allow us to open new destinations around the world.”
Taiwan-based EVA Air is in the midst of growing its fleet to increase service frequencies to mainland China and launch new destinations in North Asia. Boeing claims the new 777-300ERs will help EVA Air position itself as the preferred premium airline in Taiwan.
“We are honored EVA Air has again chosen the 777-300ER to expand its long-haul fleet,” says Ray Conner, senior vice president of sales and customer support, Boeing Commercial Airplanes. “EVA Air was a launch customer for the 777-300ER in 2000 and today the airline is among the leading global airlines operating out of Asia.”
The Boeing 777-300ER seats up to 365 passengers in a three-class configuration and has a maximum range of 7,930 nautical miles (14,685 kilometers).