EVA Air has signed a letter of intent to purchase up to 24 B787-10 and two additional B777-300ER from Boeing.
The deal is valued at more than US$8 billion at current list price. Once finalised, it will represent the Star Alliance member’s first foray into the Dreamliner market.
In addition, the “dash 10” is the largest variant of Boeing’s B787 family, and will position EVA Air alongside customers such as Singapore Airlines (launch customer), Etihad Airways and United Airlines.
The B787-10 will also allow EVA Air to progressively retire its older aircraft. In particular, the carrier still operates nine A330-200 and these are expected to be replaced by newer aircraft in the coming years.
EVA Air is also looking to strengthen its B777-300ER fleet, by adding two more aircraft to its growing list of orders for that model. It currently has 21 B777-300ERs, making it the world’s eighth largest operator of the aircraft and the fourth largest in Asia.
“We look forward to welcoming EVA Airways as Boeing's newest member of the 787-10 Dreamliner launch customer group," said Boeing commercial airplanes president and chief executive Ray Conner.
"EVA Airways has been a valued Boeing customer over the past few decades and we are honoured that they continue to introduce new Boeing widebody airplanes into their growing world-class fleet."