EVA Air is to resume non-stop passenger flights between Taipei and Paris early next year, 14 months after suspending the service.
A three-times-a-week passenger service will resume on January 21, 2009. EVA will use newly delivered Boeing 777-300ER aircraft, which save around 20 per cent on operating costs, compared to the 747-400 which previously operated the route. Fuel costs and the fee for overflying Siberian airspace were contributing factors in the decision to suspend passenger services last year.
The outbound flight from EVA Air’s home base at Taipei’s Taoyuan International Airport, BR87, will depart at 2355 on Wednesdays, Fridays and Sundays, arriving in Paris at 0635 the following morning. The return from Paris, BR88 will operate on 1120 on Mondays, Thursdays and Saturdays arriving in Taipei at 0700.
The aircraft will be configured with 42 seats in Premium Laurel (business class), 63 Elite (premium economy) and 211 Economy. Flight time will be between 12 and 14 hours, with the routing maintained over Siberia.