EVA Air takes delivery of Taiwan’s first Boeing 787 Dreamliner

EVA Air is first in Taiwan to fly the 787; will power fleet with 24 DreamlinersAirline debuts new, upgraded interior with BMW-designed business class seatsAirplane on lease from ALC's order book with Boeing, which includes 52 787s.

Los Angeles, Oct. 2 (CNA)-EVA Air, one of Taiwan’s largest airlines, received delivery of its first Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner passenger aircraft at Boeing’s South Carolina Delivery Center Tuesday.

This is the first 787 Dreamliner in Taiwan’s civil aeronautics history and the first in EVA Air’s planned 787 fleet.

According to Boeing’s statement, the delivery of the aircraft was the result of a lease between Air Lease Corp. (ALC) and the Taiwanese carrier, which plans to debut the long-range aircraft on international routes in November.

“Today’s delivery marks the first of 24 Dreamliners for the Taipei-based airline,” the statement said.

In 2015, EVA Air announced an order for 18 787-10 airplanes along with plans to lease four 787-9s and two 787-10s from ALC, Boeing said, touting it as the largest commercial airplane purchase in Taiwan’s history.

A member of Star Alliance, EVA Air serves international routes with approximately 565 weekly flights.

Boeing said that passengers on the airline’s new 787 Dreamliner, can experience EVA Air’s new Royal Laurel business class seats designed by Designworks, a BMW Group company, while EVA Air also partnered with Teague to redesign its economy class seats.

To improve the operational efficiency of its 787s, EVA Air plans to use a variety of Boeing Global Services tools, including the Maintenance Performance Toolbox, Airplane Health Management and electronic flight bag products, Boeing said.

According to the aircraft maker, the 787-9 is the second member of the Dreamliner family, which offer 20 to 25 percent better fuel efficiency per seat and lower emissions than the aircraft they replace.

As the longest-range member of the family, the 787-9 can fly 290 passengers, in a typical two-class configuration, up to 7,635 nautical miles (14,140 km), the company said.

The 787-10 is a larger version of the 787-9, though the two aircraft retain more than 95 percent in common. It has additional seating and cargo capacity, setting a new benchmark for fuel efficiency and operating economics at 25 percent better fuel per seat and emissions than the aircraft it replaces, the company said.