EVA Air signs LOI for five B777 Freighters
Taiwan’s EVA Air has signed a Letter of Intent (LOI) with Boeing for the purchase of five B777Fs at the Paris Air Show recently.
June 1, 2015
Taiwan’s EVA Air has signed a Letter of Intent (LOI) with Boeing for the purchase of five B777Fs at the Paris Air Show recently. The commitment, valued at more than US$1.5 billion at list prices, represents the first B777 Freighters to join the Taiwanese operator’s cargo fleet which currently consists of eight ageing B747-400Fs.
The purchase is the first phase of a fleet renewal programme, outlined by the carrier’s chairman Kuo Wei Chang earlier in the year. In the long term, EVA plans to grow its widebody fleet to more than sixty aircraft by the end of 2025.
The carrier also signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with Airbus for the purchase of four additional A330-300s as it boosts its Southeast Asian network. EVA has embarked on a renewed push into the North American market, launching its first new long-haul destination in five years to Houston from 19 June, to be followed by Chicago in 2016.
Houston will be EVA’s 11th long-haul destination with current services to Los Angeles, New York, San Francisco, Seattle, Houston, Toronto and Vancouver in North America and Amsterdam, Paris, London Heathrow and Vienna in Europe. The carrier plans to feed into its growing long haul network by adding capacity to Southeast Asia through additional frequencies connecting through Taipei.