Tuesday, July 21, 2015

Cargo Carrier Confirms Order for Five New Freighter Aircraft

Paris Air Show Success for Boeing
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US – TAIWAN – Boeing, which claims over 90% of total global air freighter capacity, has confirmed another successful order which we reported during a satisfactory 2015 Paris Air Show last month. The plane maker has finalised the order placed at that time by Taiwanese carrier EVA Air for five 777 Freighters. The cargo aircraft will be the first such aircraft to join EVA Air's fleet, and the first to be delivered to a Taiwanese airline.

The Taiwanese airline plans to use the new freighters to bolster its fleet on trans-Pacific and Asian routes in an effort to meet growing demand in the air cargo market. EVA Air Chairman K.W. Chang said:

"Airfreight is an important link in global trade. We are investing in the most advanced aircraft and committing ourselves to continuing to ensure efficient, reliable service. Quality service and flight safety are our top priorities at EVA and we apply the same high standards to cargo services. We are determined to make EVA the world's best airline for both passenger and cargo services."

EVA Air currently operates more than 35 Boeing airplanes, including 20 777-300ERs. With 13 additional 777-300ERs on order, both directly purchased and leased, EVA will become one of the largest 777 operators in the world. The carrier plans to grow its operational twin-aisle fleet to more than 60 airplanes by the end of 2025. EVA President Austin Cheng commented:

"We are pleased to be the first airline in Taiwan to introduce Boeing 777 freighters. EVA participated in development of the Boeing 777-300ER and became a launch customer. We now fly 21 Boeing 777-300ERs and have 13 more on order. We have made the right choice as our experience with this aircraft's advanced technology and excellent performance indicates what we can expect from the Boeing 777 freighters. These freighters will be the backbone of our air cargo service for the next decade."

The 777 Freighter is the world's largest and longest range twin-engine freighter, capable of flying 4,900 nautical miles with a full payload at general cargo market densities. Boeing Commercial Airplanes President and CEO Ray Conner said:

"As EVA Air continues to modernise their world-class freighter fleet, we are honoured that they have selected the 777 Freighter to maintain their position as one of the largest cargo airlines. This order further validates the strength of the long-term partnership between EVA Air and Boeing over the last several decades."