Taiwanese Star Alliance carrier EVA Air has agreed a new direct order with Airbus.

The airline is ordering 33 Airbus aircraft, including 18 long-haul A350-1000s and 15 A321 neos for regional flights.

This deal is worth $10.1 billion at list prices, EVA Air says, but in reality airlines never pay anywhere close to list prices.

More details, including the delivery schedule, are currently not available.

Taipei-based EVA Air currently has 18 Airbus A321s, and 12 larger A330s (-200s and -300s). The airline leases most of these planes.

The backbone of the current fleet form 34 Boeing 777-300ERs and 13 Boeing 787-9 and 787-10 Dreamliners, with another 12 on order.

It is expected that the long-haul A350-1000s will gradually replace some of EVA Air’s older 777-300ER aircraft on high-capacity intercontinental routes.

Earlier this year, the Star Alliance carrier finalised an order for five additional 787-9 Dreamliners, with deliveries scheduled to begin in 2025 and be completed in 2027.

Starting in mid-2024, EVA Air will add premium economy to the business class and regular economy options now available on its 787 aircraft. Premium economy is also expected to feature on the airline’s future A350-1000 fleet.