EVA Air celebrated the delivery of the airline’s first Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner, via lease from ALC, at Boeing’s South Carolina Delivery Center.
It is planned to debut in the end of October on the Taipei – Hong Kong route until its second 787 is ready to deploy (to extend the plane’s services to Japan).
“The 787 Dreamliner’s extraordinary efficiency and passenger pleasing cabin features will further elevate EVA Air’s position as a five-star global airline. We are excited to introduce the 787 into our fleet and they will play an integral role in our success going forward” - Chairman of EVA Air, Steve Lin,
The aircraft is configured for 304 passengers in two cabins, 26 in Royal Laurel Business Class and 278 in Economy.
The Taiwan based airline chose Designworks, a BMW Group company, to enhance the Dreamliner’s unique craftsmanship into the design of this latest generation of Royal Laurel Class seats. Mature, muted colors are used to enhance the feeling of a comfortable, spacious environment.
Royal Laurel Class 23" seats come with adjustable privacy panels and generous built-in storage cabinets. The airline upgraded the In-Flight Entertainment (IFE) systems with 18 in. HD touchscreen monitors, noise-canceling headphones, extra-large fold-out tables for dining or work, auxiliary outlets and USB ports for recharging personal devices.
Boeing Company’s long-time working partner, Teague, to completely redesign Economy Class. The seats are from RECARO, the well-known German Automotive Seating company. There are sophisticated leather headrests that adjust as much as 6 inches. It also upgraded the In Flight Entertainment with 12 in. HD touchscreen monitors at every seat.
The four 787-9s on order plus 20 of the longer variant, the 787-10, should start to arrive in the fleet in the second quarter of 2019. The airline expects to have all 24 Dreamliners operating by 2022.