Somewhat lost amongst all the Paris Air Show news last week was the delivery of Taiwan’s EVA Air’s first Boeing 787-10 Dreamliner. The delivery flight, taking place between Charleston and Taiwan took place in just under 16 hours.
Celebrating its thirtieth birthday this year, the airline already operates four of the smaller 787-9 series, alongside a fleet of 33 Boeing 777-300ER aircraft, 12 Airbus A330’s and 22 short range Airbus A321’s. In total, the airline has 20 GEnx powered 787-10 aircraft on order, which will become their flagship once all are in service.
Steve Lin, Chairman of EVA commented:
“The 787 Dreamliner has become the flagship of our fleet and we will leverage the airplane’s unrivaled fuel efficiency, reliability and size to operate high-density markets in Asia. The 787-10 offers around 15 percent more cabin space and cargo capacity compared to our existing 787-9s and this added capability will allow us to explore new opportunities for future growth in the emerging markets within Asia Pacific. As a five-star airline, we are committed to providing world-class service and products to our customers and these new airplanes will be key to our long-term success.”
The airlines’ 787’s are fitted with a Royal Laurel Class cabin which is new to the airline. Having flown the airline a couple of times in 2016, I found the experience mostly positive – the one downside that sticks in my mind was the lounge in Taipei being extremely busy and having to head over to the Singapore Airlines lounge in order to find a seat! Onboard however, the service was generally pretty good, the food was tasty on both flights and the IFE featured enough content to keep me amused for the few hours on board the Intra Asian flights I took. Seating wise, on the A330 I found the BE Aerospace Diamond seat, set out in a 2-2-2 layout. Where as the 777 flight I took featured the Zodiac Cirrus, which is better suited to long haul flights, and is fairly common across a number of airlines.
The new seat however has been created by BMW Designworks, so is a little different to other products on the market. The most noticeable feature is that it’s no longer set out in a reverse herringbone layout, which is present onboard the airlines’ 777’s. Instead is a staggered layout more commonly featured on Emirates A380’s and Virgin Atlantic’s upcoming A350 in a 1-2-1 configuration. The seats recline to a fully flat position, and are 23 inches wide. Also featured is an 18 inch HD monitor, adjustable panels for additional privacy, USB connectivity and universal power ports.
Further back, the Economy cabin features seats manufactured by Recaro set out in the cosy 3-3-3 configuration featuring six way adjustable headrests and a 12 inch IFE monitor and have been redesigned by Teague.
The 787-10 will feature on the airlines’ routes between its Taipei base and Hangzhou, Hong Kong, Osaka, Tokyo Narita, along with a one off service to Macau on 26th July 2019 and a weekly flight to Shenzhen Bao’an.