Taiwan’s EVA Air has ordered five additional Boeing 787-9s for delivery in 2025 through 2027. The airline placed a direct order with Boeing as it seeks to expand its fleet for future growth, it said on March 13.
The airline intends to operate the Dreamliners on routes to North America and Europe. As with its other 787s, EVA Air has selected the General Electric GEnx to power the aircraft.
EVA Air currently operates four 787-9s and has four more on order with Boeing, of which two are scheduled for delivery this year. It has also unfilled orders for seven of the longer 787-10, of which six are currently in the fleet. It expects three aircraft in 2023. Once all Dreamliners have been delivered, this will bring the total number of Dreamliners to 26 in 2027. The -10s will be mainly deployed on routes in Asia and Oceania.
EVA Air also operates 32 777-300ERs and seven 777Fs, with one more freighter in the backlog for delivery at the end of this year. The freighter fleet is set to grow to eight aircraft in 2025. The Airbus fleet consists of three A330-200s and nine -300s for medium-haul routes. Three -300s will be phased out this year. The carrier also operates 21 A321ceo’s, of which three will be retired this year. This will bring the fleet to 85 aircraft on December 31.
The most recent financial statistics of EVA Air are for the nine-month period in 2022 when it reported a net profit of NT$6.921 billion compared to NT$-587 million in the same period in 2021. Revenues were NT$98.6 billion, up from NT$69.6 billion.
Active as a journalist since 1987, with a background in newspapers, magazines, and a regional news station, Richard has been covering commercial aviation on a freelance basis since late 2016.
In 2022, he has gone full-time freelance. Richard has been contributing to AirInsight since December 2018. He is also writing for Airliner World and Aviation News. From January 2023, he will add a part-time role with Dutch website and magazine Luchtvaartnieuws. Twitter: @rschuur_aero.