Boeing, Air Lease Corporation and Eva Air have celebrated the delivery of the airline’s first 787-9 Dreamliner.
Eva Air plans to debut the long-range and super-efficient airplane in November on international routes.
“This milestone delivery marks the beginning of a new era for Eva Air as we continue to revolutionise Taiwan’s dynamic commercial aviation industry,” said Steve Lin, chairman of Eva Air.
“The 787 Dreamliner’s extraordinary efficiency and passenger pleasing cabin features will further elevate Eva Air’s position as a five-star global airline.
“We are excited to introduce the 787 into our fleet and they will play an integral role in our success going forward.”
Built with lightweight composite materials and powered by advanced GEnx engines from General Electric Aviation, the 787 Dreamliner family lowers operating costs by more than 20 per cent compared to previous airplanes, and nearly ten per cent compared to today’s competing jets.
Today’s delivery marks the first of 24 Dreamliners for the Taipei-based airline.
In 2015, Eva Air announced a landmark order for 18 787-10 airplanes along with plans to operate four 787-9s and two 787-10s on lease from ALC.
This remains the largest commercial airplane purchase in Taiwan’s history.
“We are extremely honoured that Eva will be introducing the new 787 Dreamliner to their world-class fleet,” said Kevin McAllister, president, Boeing Commercial Airplanes.
“This milestone delivery signals yet another chapter in our enduring partnership with Eva.
“I am confident that the market-leading capabilities of the 787 will contribute immensely to the airline’s long-term success.”