MIAMI — Boeing, EVA Air, and Air Lease Corporation (ALC) celebrated the delivery of the Taiwanese carrier’s first leased Boeing 777-300ER (Registration B-16725 / MSN 44554 / LN 1349) at the Boeing factory in Everett, Washington. EVA Air will now have 22 units in its fleet.
The Taiwan-based carrier relies on the 777-300ER as the mainstay of its fleet, which happens to be the world’s 8th largest and the 4th largest in Asia of the type. “EVA was a launch customer for the 777-300ER in 2005, and the aircraft has become the backbone of our long-haul fleet. By the end of 2017, we will be operating more than 30 Boeing 777-300ERs,” said EVA Chairman K.W. Chang. Interestingly, the airline operates 65 aircraft, including 37 Boeing jetliners.
The last month, the airline announced an order for two additional 777-300ERs, plus up to 24 787-10 Dreamliners. Currently, EVA Airways has unfilled orders for 14 777-300ERs and five 777 freighters, both direct purchased and leased.
The New EVA Difference
The delivery of the airliner marked the launch of a new corporate image and livery, the third change since its founding in 1989 as an affiliate of global shipping company Evergreen Group.
According to the airline’s President, Austin Cheng, “The new corporate identity retains the original compass design, inherited from the logotype of Evergreen Group, and which symbolizes the airline’s seamless network and services.” The simplified tail design makes the compass as the focal point for the EVA Air brand, while representing its commitment to provide a top quality service and safe flights.
The green color—another characteristic taken from Evergreen—has now darker tone on the belly, with an orange wavy line that emphasizes “The New EVA Difference” concept, intended to make the carrier to stand out of the crowd and become a globally respected airline, besides keeping consistency with its core identity and values.
“Today, we unveiled a new livery design to herald our continuing commitment to service innovation. We aim to give our passengers flying experiences that are even more comfortable and enjoyable, and that include fun and entertainment along the way.” Chang said.
Experiencing the New EVA Air Cabin
The delivery ceremony was held at the Boeing Delivery Center in Everett, Washington. The event launched with a few remarks from Boeing executives, followed by ALC’s CEO, Steven F. Udvar-Házy. “EVA Air was the launch customer of the Boeing 777-300ER and since then has taken delivery of over 20 of these beautiful aircraft. We at ALC have taken delivery of hundreds of airplanes here at Boeing, and we’d like to thank this beautiful company for their partnership and excellent service,” said Udvar-Házy.
Austin Cheng followed with a few remarks on the stunning capabilities of the Boeing 777-300(ER). “We are proud to be taking delivery of yet another triple-seven, this time leased from ALC. This magnificent airplane is the backbone of our long-haul fleet and we’re proud to unveil our new livery today with the delivery of this airplane,” he said.
Minutes after both executives finished their speech, Chairman K.W. Chang was invited to receive the keys of his new airliner. Chang, who is also a Boeing 777-300(ER)-rated Captain and a Mechanical Engineer, was dressed in the airline’s uniform and happily posed for photos as Boeing executives handed over an airplane model and the keys to the new jet. Later, the red ribbon was cut with the help of ALC’s CEO and the airline’s executives.
Press members from Taiwan and the United States were then invited to enter the aircraft through the custom-built jetbridge. Upon entering the cabin, all flight attendants were purposely positioned throughout the Business Class cabin to pose for photos.
The Royal Laurel Business Class cabin offers a wide setting configured in a 1-2-1 reverse herringbone layout. All 39 seats have aisle access, and window seats are angled towards the window, giving even more privacy. The seats, built by Zodiac Aerospace, provide plenty of storage areas for keeping odds and ends close at hand.
The business class product not only offers 16″ IFE screens, but also includes a 4″ LCD panel remote powered by Panasonic EX3 platform, combined with broadband connectivity through a Global Communication Suite (GCS), also provided by Panasonic.
Elite premium economy class seats are distributed in a 2-4-2 arrangement, located just behind the business class cabin. Passengers can expect a 38″ seat pitch, complemented with storage compartment, power outlets and an IFE featuring 11.1″ LCD touch screen panels.
Economy class cabin include 238 slim-line seats embedded in an elegant and stylish environment, arranged in a 3-3-3 layout. The cabin also includes the same in-flight product as Premium Economy with 11.1″ inch screens along with USB and power ports to keep those aboard entertained and charged up.
EVA also revealed that the introduction of the new livery will be accompanied by a new in-flight boarding music. The airline worked together with soundtrack master Ricky Ho to create a sound for the boarding experience intended to make flying experience more relaxing and enjoyable. Ho used the ocarina, an ancient wind instrument and type of vessel flute, to specially create three melodious pieces, “Love is the Answer,” “Horizon” and “All things bright and beautiful.” The musician tested and adjusted the bass and treble in different cabins on several aircraft, thus sharing the beauty and charms of Taiwan with passengers.
The carrier will incorporate seven additional Boeing 777-300ERs by the end of the next year. These aircraft will allow EVA to increase its North American presence to 77 weekly flights, while maintaining high levels of safety, service, comfort and convenience to its customers.