EVA Air and Airbus have finalized a contract for the acquisition of 15 A321neo jets and 18 A350-1000 widebodies. The order had been revealed by the Taiwanese carrier in November last year, in a statement to the stock exchange.
The A350s will replace part of the Boeing 777-300ER fleet, of which EVA Air has 34 aircraft. The A321neo will join the first generation A321s already in service with the airline.
“We have selected the Airbus aircraft following a thorough evaluation of the various models in each market segment. In both size categories we have selected the most modern and fuel efficient types, that offer the highest levels of passenger comfort. For long-range operations the A350-1000 sets new standards in its class and will allow us to offer our passengers the best possible in-flight experience,” said Clay Sun, President of EVA Air.
“This order marks a new phase in our relationship with EVA Air and we thank the airline for its confidence in Airbus. In the long range market, it’s another major endorsement for the A350-1000 as the natural replacement for previous generation aircraft in the larger widebody size category,” said Benoît de Saint-Exupéry, Airbus EVP Sales, Commercial Aircraft.
The new A350-1000 customer is expected to increase the order book for Airbus’ currently largest aircraft to at least 230 firm orders.
In total, the A350 family, which includes the smaller A350-900, has more than 1,000 orders from 60 customers, of which more than 570 aircraft have already been delivered.