The A350-1000s will eventually replace the airline’s fleet of Boeing 777-300ERs, and the A321neos will possibly replace its older A321s that operate short-haul regional routes.
The deal is valued at about $10.1 billion at list prices, even though customers typically get steep discounts for such large orders.
The Taiwanese carrier currently operates 34 777-300ERs and 18 A321s. The 777s are aged between six and 17 years, while the A321s have an average age of 8.5 years.
Back in November 2022, EVA Air’s President Sun Chia-ming said that the carrier is looking forward to shifting toward larger widebodies from single-aisle jets as it plans the retirement of its Airbus A330s by 2029.
The Star Alliance member is gradually renewing its medium-haul fleet of A330s with 787-9s and -10s. Probably, the A350-1000s will eventually be EVA Air’s new flagship aircraft and replace the 777s on routes to New York, Los Angeles, Chicago, and San Francisco among others.
According to Cirium, Airbus and Boeing aircraft orders since January currently stand at the highest since 2014.
While the EVA Air order has been announced, the delivery dates remain to be seen, and this article will be updated as details follow.
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