EVA Air accepted delivery of its first 787-9 Dreamliner, aircraft number B-17881, at Boeing South Carolina on Oct. 2, 2018. EVA will ferry its newest aircraft to Taiwan and ready it for service. The airline expects to introduce the Dreamliner on the busy Hong Kong route in early November 2018. Information about EVA’s routes and services is available at www.evaair.com.
“Our introduction of Boeing 787 Dreamliners gives us a younger and more efficient fleet and further upgrades our service quality,” said EVA Chairman Steve Lin. “In addition to giving our passengers the comforts and conveniences of the Boeing Dreamliner’s advanced aviation technologies, we have made great efforts to enhance our cabin service.”
Along with introducing the new Dreamliner into service, EVA is also launching Royal Laurel Class business seats created by Designworks, a BMW company. And it is rolling out new Economy Class seats created by Teague, a global design consultancy recognized for work in aviation, and built by RECARO, a German manufacturer known for sports car interiors. EVA is making these investments to give passengers better flying experiences and further improve its five-star airline service.
As soon as EVA gets this first Boeing 787-9, it will finalize preparations for putting the plane in service and work with Taiwan’s Civil Aeronautics Administration (CAA) to get it certified. EVA expects its second Dreamliner to be delivered in November 2018 and will use it to extend its Dreamliner operations to Osaka and Tokyo.
EVA is adding a total of 24 Dreamliners to its fleet. It has two more Boeing 787-9s scheduled for delivery in 2019 and plans to deploy them on major regional routes within Asia and flights to Brisbane, Australia. Its remaining 20 Dreamliners are 787-10s scheduled for delivery between the second quarter of 2019 and 2022. The Boeing 787-9 has a range of 7,100 nautical miles fully loaded, a range that also enables it to fly from Taipei to Vancouver, Seattle or Vienna. EVA is configuring its 787-9s for 304 passengers with 26 in Royal Laurel Class and 278 in Economy.
Technologies used to build the Boeing 787 Dreamliner make the aircraft more environmentally efficient. It is constructed of lighter composite materials such as carbon fiber. More than 50% of the aircraft’s total weight comes from these materials, including the fuselage, wings and engine blades. Compared to traditional aluminum alloy fuselage construction, these advanced materials reduce the aircraft’s overall weight and likelihood of metal fatigue or corrosion, reducing maintenance costs. Replacing fluorescent tubes with LED lights also shrinks power demand by almost half.
GE’s advanced GEnx engines reduce fuel consumption and greenhouse gas emissions by 20%, compared to power systems on traditional wide-body aircraft. The 787-9’s high fuel efficiencies and range capabilities equip EVA to further enhance operational capabilities.
Boeing also engineered its Dreamliners to upgrade cabin comfort. The Boeing 787 is equipped with an advanced air filtration system that improves cabin air. The 787 fuselage’s construction from a combination of composite materials make it more airtight. Compared with other commercial jets, the 787’s cabin humidity can be increased by three-to-four times, eliminating the drying inflight atmosphere that makes many passengers uncomfortable. The aircraft’s cabin pressure can also be controlled to make the altitude feel like the optimal 6,000 ft. instead of the standard 8,000 ft., boosting passengers’ blood-oxygen levels and reducing headaches and fatigue. Newly designed engine housings significantly reduce noise and give passengers quieter, more comfortable inflight environments.
EVA’s new Dreamliner comes with a special livery design that incorporates the aircraft model’s logo and flowing green and orange lines, representing Evergreen Group’s corporate identity colors and suggesting speed.
EVA bonded with the Boeing 787 Dreamliner during its early development. Before Boeing began making the aircraft, it chose EVA subsidiary Evergreen Aviation Technologies Corp. (EGAT) to build four Large Cargo Freighters (LCFs) for transporting the Dreamliner’s composite parts to manufacturing facilities for assembly. Boeing uses the LCFs to carry over-sized parts such as fuselages and wings manufactured in Italy, Japan and other countries to the US for assembly. The LCF made it feasible for Boeing to build the 787. The super-sized freighter also made EGAT a global aircraft maintenance, repair and overhaul leader.