EVA Air has taken delivery of its first Boeing
787-10 Dreamliner, the first of 20 Boeing 787-10s the Taiwanese
carrier plans to use on high-density routes within Asia later this
The airline, which is also celebrating its 30th
anniversary this year, already operates a fleet of four 787-9
"The 787 Dreamliner has become the flagship of
our fleet and we will leverage the airplane's unrivaled fuel
efficiency, reliability and size to operate high-density markets
in Asia," said Steve Lin, Chairman of EVA Air. "The 787-10 offers around 15 percent more cabin space and cargo capacity compared to
our existing 787-9s and this added capability will allow us to
explore new opportunities for future growth in the emerging
markets within Asia Pacific."
Built with lightweight composite materials and
powered by advanced GEnx engines, EVA Air's 787-10 can serve
342 passengers in a two-class configuration, which is 38 more
seats than EVA Air's 787-9 Dreamliner.
airline's new 787 Dreamliner, passengers can experience EVA Air's
new Royal Laurel class seats designed by Designworks, a BMW Group
company. At 23 inches wide, the new seats feature privacy panels,
full lie-flat capabilities as well as enhanced in-flight
entertainment systems. EVA Air also partnered with Teague, to
redesign its economy class seats, which are produced by Recaro.
"EVA Air is an
award-winning carrier and has formed a dynamic long-haul fleet.
With their 777-300ERs, 787-9s and now the 787-10, EVA Air will
have an incredible widebody family to serve its passengers and
grow its international network for many years to come," said Ihssane Mounir, senior vice president of Commercial Sales and
Marketing of The Boeing Company. "We are extremely honored that
EVA is building their future around the 787 Dreamliner family and
I am confident that the passenger-pleasing capabilities of the
airplane will contribute immensely to the airline's reputation as
a five star airline."
A member of Star Alliance, EVA Air serves
international routes with approximately 565 weekly flights.
The airline is currently going through a
difficult period as an
ongoing strike has affected thousands of
customers around the world.