EVA Air unveils Taiwan’s first Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner

Taipei, Oct. 22 (CNA)-EVA Air, one of Taiwan’s two major international airlines, unveiled Taiwan’s first Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner passenger aircraft at a ceremony in Taipei on Monday.

The airline took delivery of the aircraft on Oct. 2, and its maiden flight is expected to take place in early November on EVA Air’s Taoyuan-Hong Kong route.

After delivery of its second Dreamliner in November, the aircraft will be used for flights from Taoyuan to Osaka and Tokyo starting in December, EVA Air Chairman Steve Lin (林寶水) said at the ceremony Monday.

The introduction of the new Dreamliner is aimed at giving passengers a luxurious cabin environment and a more comfortable flying experience, Lin said.

EVA Air has ordered a total of 24 Boeing 787s, consisting of four 787-9s and 20 787-10s, and all of the aircraft are expected to be delivered by 2022, according to Lin.

The airline will first receive the four 787-9s before taking delivery of its first 787-10 in the second quarter of next year.

The airline’s new Dreamliner, which runs on the latest GEnx engines, is equipped with 26 Royal Laurel Class seats and 278 economy class seats.

The aircraft has a range of up 7,100 nautical miles (13,149.2 kilometers), according to Boeing.