EVA Air of Taiwan has become a new operator of Airbus single-aisle aircraft following the delivery on October 31 of its first A321.
The airline is leasing the Airbus A321 from Aviation Capital Group (ACG) and the aircraft is the first of 12 A321s ordered by the U.S. lessor. The aircraft was handed over at a ceremony at Airbus’ Hamburg A320-family assembly line attended by Chang Kuo Wei, president of EVA Air.
EVA Air plans to introduce 12 leased A321s into its fleet between now and the end of 2014, for operation on Asian regional routes. The airline has specified a high-comfort, two-class layout for the aircraft, the layout providing seating for 184 passengers. EVA Air’s A321 fleet will be powered by CFM International CFM56 engines.
“We are delighted to take delivery of our brand new Airbus A321,” said Chang. “The innovation and outstanding reliability offered by the A321 match EVA’s commitment to provide the best experience to our passengers. The aircraft will also enable us to enhance our profit potential as a result of lower operating costs.”
“The addition of the A321 to our portfolio reflects the long-term appeal of the aircraft, with its wide operator base, proven economics and strong residual values,” said R. Stephen Hannahs, group managing director/CEO of Aviation Capital Group. “We are extremely pleased to be placing our first A321 with one of Asia’s premium carriers, based at the heart of the world’s fastest growing aviation market.”
“The A321 offers the lowest operating costs of any aircraft in its size category and will bring new levels of efficiency for EVA on regional routes,” said John Leahy, Airbus chief operating officer, customers. “We are also pleased to see ACG add the A321 to its active portfolio, as it becomes an increasingly important financing partner for Airbus.”
The Airbus A320 family has accumulated orders for more than 8,600 aircraft and over 5,200 have been delivered to at least 375 customers and operators worldwide.