Boeing has announced sizable aircraft orders from two Asian customers, one an airline and the other a leasing company.
Taiwan’s EVA Air has finalized an order for 18 Boeing 787-10 Dreamliners and two 777-300ERs, in a deal which Boeing values at more than $8 billion at current list prices and which is the largest commercial-aircraft order in Taiwan’s aviation history.
EVA Air has also secured options on six more 787-10s.
On November 24, also, Boeing announced that Singapore-based lessor BOC Aviation is intending to order 11 more 737-800s and 11 more 737 MAX 8s, in a deal which Boeing will add to its online Orders & Deliveries totals when the purchase is finalized.
“EVA participated in development of the Boeing 777-300ER and became a launch customer in 2005,” says Austin Cheng, EVA Air’s president. “From that first delivery through today, we operate 22 of these high-performance long-haul aircraft.”
Adds Cheng: “We believe the future of the airline industry will be built on fuel efficiency and cabin comfort. The new Boeing 787-10 Dreamliner’s high fuel efficiency and long-range flying capabilities meets these requirements and our operational needs. These planes will support our growth well into the future.”
EVA Airways will be joint the 787-10 launch customer team and will be one of the first airlines in the world to introduce the largest member of the 787 family, according to Boeing.
The manufacturer says EVA Airways continues to modernize its long-haul fleet to replace aging aircraft and plans to grow its fleet to more than 100 aircraft by 2020.
EVA Air’s new 787-10s will allow the airline to expand into new markets, according to Boeing. The Taiwanese carrier will deploy its 787-10s on medium-range and long-haul flights and will be operated in tandem with the 777-300ERs.
EVA Airways currently operates more than 40 Boeing aircraft. With its November 24 order, the airline’s backlog of Boeing jets on firm order will increase to 37 aircraft: 14 777-300ERs, five 777 Freighters and 18 787-10s.
Meanwhile, BOC Aviation’s intended purchase will increase to 167 the number of Boeing aircraft the leasing company has ordered. The total includes 50 737 MAXs and 16 777s.
“This order demonstrates our continued confidence in the Next Generation 737 aircraft for its proven high performance, reliability and asset value,” says Robert Martin, managing director and chief executive officer of BOC Aviation. “The Next Generation 737 economics are very attractive to our customers. With the 737 MAX, we are investing in new technology aircraft to meet our customers’ long-term fleet planning requirements.”
BOC Aviation has a portfolio of 253 owned and managed aircraft operated by 59 airlines worldwide in 29 countries. As of September 30, it had commitments to acquire 203 additional aircraft.
Owned by Bank of China, BOC Aviation is based in Singapore and has offices in Dublin, London, Seattle and Tianjin.