Statement by Mr. David Chen, EVA Air Spokesperson
EVA Air plans to purchase new, next-generation aircraft to update our fleet and meet operational needs. We expect to add 18 Airbus A350-1000 wide-body aircraft from 2026 through 2030 and have purchase options for six more. We also expect to add 15 Airbus A321neos with deliveries scheduled to begin in 2029 and be completed in 2032. The official 2023 Airbus list price for the total cost of our 33 new passenger aircraft adds up to US$10.1 billion.
The A350-1000 is Airbus’s latest generation of long-range, wide-body passenger aircraft and has a flying range of up to 8,000 nautical miles. The aircraft will give EVA market advantages as we meet capacity needs for growth and expansion in North America. It will also give our passengers a more comfortable flying experience.
The Airbus A321neo is the most popular short-range narrow-body passenger aircraft in the industry today. It is an upgraded version of our existing A321-200s. The two models are similar enough that our flight crews will be able to operate both models interchangeably. This versatility will reduce our demand for additional staff and training costs. We will gradually retire the A321-200s we have leased before 2032.
EVA currently has a total operating fleet of 86 aircraft. We have purchased 14 additional new aircraft, including four Boeing B787-10s, nine B787-9s and one B777 freighter that we expect to be delivered by 2027.
About EVA Air:
EVA was established in 1989 as Taiwan’s first privately owned international airline. It is part of the respected Evergreen Group and a sister company to container-shipping leader Evergreen Line. It flies a fleet of more than 80 Boeing and Airbus aircraft to over 60 international destinations throughout Asia, Oceania, Europe and North America. EVA Air has been Star Alliance member since June 2018.