EVA flies new 787 Dreamliner
EVA Air Chairman Steven Lin revealed the airline's first 787-9 Dreamliner on October 22 at Evergreen Aviation Technologies Corp.’s Hangar No. 3 to 400 guests including Taiwan’s aviation authorities, travel agencies, air cargo freight forwarders and employees.
Lin told the crowd: “We plan to introduce four 787-9s and twenty 787-10s. We will take delivery of our second 787-9 this year and begin introducing the 787-10s in the second quarter of next year. We expect to have all 24 Dreamliners in service by 2022." He continued: "EVA is using the Dreamliners to refresh our fleet. For us, the addition of the technologically advanced Dreamliners demonstrates EVA's capacity to sustain steady growth and continue to upgrade our service quality.”
According to a press release from the airline, the plane is configured for 304 passengers in two cabins with 26 seats in Royal Laurel Class and 278 in Economy. Designworks, a BMX Group company, was selected to design the Royal Laurel Class seats with the airline's branding, resulting in "tailor-made Business Class seats seamlessly integrated into a bespoke cabin environment." Teague, a long-time partner of Boeing, was tapped by EVA to revamp its 787 Dreamliners' Economy Class; ergonomic RECARO seats were ultimately decided upon for the cabin.
EVA also premiered a new commercial film at the event, highlighting the features of its new Dreamliner such as its large windows, optimized cabin pressure and higher, more comfortable humidity level.
The Dreamliner will first deploy on EVA's Taipei – Hong Kong route. Following its second Dreamliner delivery in December, the service will be extended to Osaka and Tokyo. Two additional 787-9s will be delivered in 2019 and will be utilized for flights to Australia and Europe.