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EVA Air finalizes order for 5 Boeing 777 cargo planes

EVA Air finalizes order for 5 Boeing 777 cargo planes

Taipei, July 21 (CNA)
Taipei-based EVA Airways finalized an order Tuesday for five Boeing 777 cargo jets, the first of this type to enter the carrier's cargo fleet, in a contract-signing ceremony with Boeing.
EVA Air announced its intent to purchase the planes at the Paris Air Show last month, in a list price deal valued at more than US$1.5 billion.
The airline is set to start taking delivery of the aircraft in October through September 2019.
EVA Air Chairman Chang Kuo-wei said the airline has the ambition to be a global leader in providing passenger and air cargo services. "We are pleased to be the first airline in Taiwan to introduce Boeing 777 freighters," EVA President Austin Cheng said in his remarks during the contract-signing ceremony.
"EVA participated in the development of the Boeing 777-300ER and became a launch customer. We now fly 21 Boeing 777-300ERs and have 13 more on order. We have made the right choice, as our experience with this aircraft's advanced technology and excellent performance indicates what we can expect from the Boeing 777 freighters. These craft will be the backbone of our air cargo service for the next decade," Cheng said. "This order further validates the strength of the long-term partnership between EVA Air, one of the largest cargo airlines in the world, and Boeing over the last several decades," said Boeing Commercial Airplanes President and CEO Ray Conner.
Compared with the Boeing B747-400 freighter, the Boeing 777 is more energy-efficient, with a 25 percent reduction in fuel consumption, according to the airline. (By Wang Shu-fen and Evelyn Kao)


Updated : 2021-09-22 20:24 GMT+08:00