EVA Air is based in Taiwan and today they received their first Boeing 787 Dreamliner. This is the first of four of the 787-9 variant which are being provided by Air Lease.

Powered by General Electric GEnx engines, the aircraft is expected to enter service in November. In addition to the Boeing 787-9, EVA Air also has twenty of the larger 787-10 on order.

EVA Air Dreamliner

Dreamliners at EVA Air will be configured to seat 304 passengers. 26 will be in business class, which is called Royal Laurel Class, and 278 in economy class.

Royal Laurel Class passengers receive lie flat seats as is standard nowadays. All the economy class seats feature USB device charging which will be welcome on long flights.

The Taiwanese carrier offers an extensive network throughout Asia, plus destinations in the United States, Canada, Europe and Australia. They are a member of Star Alliance, having joined in 2013.

EVA Air is one of just eleven airlines in the world rated as five star by ratings agency Skytrax. This means it is ranked as good as Singapore Airlines, Qatar Airways, Cathay Pacific, Japan Airlines, Hainan Airlines and Asiana Airlines among others.

Overall Thoughts

Joining the ranks of Dreamliner operators will only reinforce EVA Air’s reputation for quality. Long haul passengers will experience new levels of comfort with the lower cabin altitude and increased humidity offered on board the aircraft.

The current mainstays of the long haul fleet are the Airbus A330 and Boeing 777-300ER, both of which appear to be staying for now. On the 777, EVA offers premium economy class, which is a step up in comfort on the longest long haul flights.

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