Boeing’s twin-engine widebody 787 program continues to rebound from its recent maintenance concerns; the OEM is now in line to supply five 787-9 Dreamliners to EVA Air, the Taiwanese carrier that serves over 40 global destinations. "With additional Dreamliners, EVA Air is well positioned for growth, especially as passenger traffic returns to pre-pandemic levels in Asia," commented Boeing Commercial Airplanes president Stan Deal.
Neither Boeing nor EVA reported the value of the order, but it could be worth as much as $1.46 billion at list prices. The delivery schedule for the new jets was not announced.
EVA Air currently operates four 787-9 and six 787-10 aircraft. Adding five more to its orders means EVA Air is in line to receive a total of nine more 787-9s and seven 787-10s.
"Our 787 fleet has become the foundation of our carbon-neutral growth strategy and we will continue to leverage this airplane's unrivaled efficiency and performance for many years to come," according to the airline’s president, Clay Sun. "This new order supports our ongoing commitment to operate a more sustainable fleet that will enable us to reduce carbon emissions, while providing our passengers with world-class service."
In February Boeing briefly halted new deliveries of 787s to review supplier records for a structural part cited as a safety concern, similar to a 2022 issue that resulted in inspections of 787 aircraft and an extended pause in new deliveries.
Even so, Boeing has scored strong demand for the widebody aircraft, listing 114 new orders in 2022 and over 80 in 2023.