Eva Airways to cut cargo fleet

The carrier plans to cut the number of cargo planes it operates to fewer than 10 from 15 by 2017.


Eva Airways MD-11


Eva Airways, Taiwan’s second-biggest carrier, will reduce its freighter fleet by more than a third as electronic products become smaller because of the popularity of handheld devices, according to their President Austin Cheng.

The carrier plans to cut the number of cargo planes it operates to fewer than 10 from 15 by 2017, Cheng said in an interview in Hong Kong. It plans to drop all six of its MD-11 planes, he said.

Eva’s comments echo the woes of Taiwanese computer makers, as consumers desert desktops for smartphones from Apple Inc. and Samsung Electronics Inc. Hong Kong’s Cathay Pacific Airways Ltd. (293) yesterday said peak cargo demand kicked in later than usual this season and wasn’t as strong as expected.