LONDON – EVA Air and Air Lease Corporation (ALC) celebrated the delivery of the carrier’s first Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner, straight from the manufacturer’s South Carolina assembly.

The plane departed Charleston on a 16-hour delivery journey to Taipei. The plane’s callsign during this memorable flight was BR787

The carrier plans to debut this aircraft on its international network from next month.

This delivery marks the first of 24 Dreamliners that EVA Air has on order. Of these, 18 are 787-10s and six 787-9s.

Commenting on this new delivery was Kevin McAllister, President, and CEO of Boeing’s commercial wing. “We are extremely honored that EVA will be introducing the new 787 Dreamliner to their world-class fleet,” he said.

“This milestone delivery signals yet another chapter in our enduring partnership with EVA.”

McAllister admitted being confident that “the market-leading capabilities of the 787 will contribute immensely to the airline’s long-term success.”

Four of the six 787-9s, and two 787-10s going to EVA Air are on leasing agreement with ALC.

The order for 24 Dreamliners remains as the largest aircraft order in Taiwanese aviation history.

Also commenting on the new aircraft delivery was Steve Lin, Chairman of EVA Air who reflected on how the -9 revolutionizes Taiwan’s commercial aviation industry.

“This milestone delivery marks the beginning of a new era for EVA Air as we continue to revolutionize Taiwan’s dynamic commercial aviation industry.”

Lin noted that the Dreamliner’s “extraordinary efficiency and passenger-pleasing cabin” will further elevate EVA Air’s position as a five-star global airline.

“We are excited to introduce the 787 into our fleet and they will play an integral role in our success going forward,” he said.

The Dreamliners will help contribute and add to the 565 weekly international flights that the carrier operates on a daily basis.

The new planes feature the airline’s all-new Royal Laurel Business Class seats, crafted by Designworks. Each seat features new privacy panels, full lie-flat capabilities, as well as a new IFE system.

The economy class seats, which are produced by Recaro, were implemented in a brand new redesign to offer a different product to fliers when the aircraft goes into commercial service.

The new Dreamliners will join a robust fleet of 77 planes, of which 37 are Boeing 777-200/300ERs.

The Taiwanese carrier might launch new longer and thinner routes once more Dreamliners are delivered.

In the United States, new East coast destinations might fall within the 787-9’s range, putting cities like Miami at reach.