Taiwan’s EVA Air took delivery of its eighth Boeing 787-10, aircraft number B-17812, at the Boeing factory in North Charleston, South Carolina on May 5.

The new aircraft is EVA’s first Boeing 787-10 with a Star Alliance livery and part of the airline’s celebration of its 10 years of membership in the alliance.

EVA used Sustainable Aviation Fuel (SAF) for its 17-hour ferry flight from South Carolina to its Taipei base, reducing carbon emissions.

“EVA is proud to have been a Star Alliance member since June 2013. We are celebrating our 10th Star Alliance Membership anniversary with a series of special events and programs,” said EVA President Clay Sun.

“We have always been dedicated to customer service. Part of this dedication includes integration of ESG criteria into our operations. This new 787-10 delivery gave us the opportunity to both celebrate our 10th year of membership with Star Alliance livery and use Sustainable Aviation Fuel on our ferry flight. These actions symbolize the close connection between EVA and Star Alliance and demonstrate EVA’s commitment to reaching Net Zero by 2050.”

Since joining Star Alliance, EVA has continued its ongoing efforts to upgrade and improve hardware and software, meeting many of its passenger needs through joint procurement, joint system development and resource sharing.

Benefits of the global network, including its reach to more than 1200 airports in 184 countries and Star Alliance’s positive brand image accompanied by the passenger trust it engenders, support EVA’s goal to develop its global business travel market more fully.

The synergy with Star Alliance has both helped EVA boost revenue from passenger operations by close to five per cent annually and multiply its international corporate contract customers by 10 per cent.

SAF use is one of the most critical carbon reduction practices in the aviation industry, shrinking carbon emissions by approximately 80% compared to general aviation fuel. But global SAF production is limited, driving the price up to close to four times that of general aviation fuel.

By using 30 per cent SAF for the ferry flight from South Carolina, EVA reduced its carbon emissions by approximately 70,000 kilograms. The ferry flight was EVA’s first SAF operation. The proportion of SAF was also the highest ever used in Taiwan’s aviation industry and symbolizes EVA’s determination to achieve Net Zero.

EVA is commemorating the world’s 1st Star Alliance liveried Boeing 787-10 aircraft with an “EVA Air B787-10 Star Alliance Aircraft Model 1:200” for collectors and aviation fans. Starting May 8, the model will be available from the EVA SKY SHOP for NT$1,690 (US$55).

EVA operates a fleet of 86 aircraft, including 78 passenger jets and eight freighters. EVA will add nine more Boeing 787-9s, five more Boeing 787-10s and one additional Boeing 777 freighter to its fleet with deliveries scheduled through the end of 2027.