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EVA Air recently placed its first brand-new 787-9 Dreamliner in service on the busy Taipei – Hong Kong route and will add three more 787-9s and 20 787-10s by 2022. The new Dreamliner is configured for 304 passengers in two cabins, 26 in Royal Laurel Class business and 278 in Economy, and introduces brand-new seats and a new look throughout. It is the first aircraft of this model in Taiwan’s airline industry.
“The introduction of Boeing 787 Dreamliners is essential to our continuous pursuit of service excellence,” said EVA President Clay Sun. “We have adopted a more modern, globalized design concept and combined it with Boeing’s latest aviation technologies to create a luxurious cabin environment and provide all our passengers with an even more comfortable flying experience.”
From luxury cars to a top-class airline cabin
EVA chose Designworks, a BMW Group company, to synchronize the airline’s international brand image with the Dreamliner’s unique craftsmanship in this latest generation of Royal Laurel Class seats. The design team stepped away from conventional aircraft design and used core concepts of space and brand to create tailor-made business class seats seamlessly integrated into a bespoke cabin environment. The team chose mature, muted colors to enhance the feeling of a comfortable, spacious environment.
EVA’s new Royal Laurel Class business cabin seats are 23 in. (58.4 cm) wide and recline into flat-bed positions that can stretch out to as much as 76 in. (193 cm) long, enabling passengers to lie down, get comfortable and sleep on long-haul flights.
“We wanted EVA’s business class experience to be fresh and memorable for passengers and to make service, design and brand all work together,” said Design Director Johannes Lampela from Designworks’ LA Studio. “Our goal was to take a proven seat platform and make it unique to EVA. From privacy, service, interaction, stowage and amenities, we explored the holistic passenger experience.”
EVA created more comfortable personal spaces by equipping its redesigned Royal Laurel Class seats with adjustable privacy panels and generous built-in storage cabinets. The airline upgraded the In-Flight Entertainment (IFE) systems with 18-inch HD touchscreen monitors, the latest noise-canceling headphones, extra-large fold-out tables for dining or work, auxiliary outlets and USB ports for recharging personal devices or accessing files from Media Player, Photo Viewer and PDF Reader. With these features and the warm, friendly service it is known for, EVA offers passengers a cozy in-flight space where they can work and rest.
Technology and fashion meet economy
EVA called on the Boeing Company’s long-time working partner, Teague, to completely redesign Economy Class on its new 787 Dreamliners. It selected a color palette that complements shades used in Royal Laurel Class and created a cabin that is exquisitely elegant.
EVA selected ergonomically designed economy class seats from RECARO, the well- known German Automotive Seating company. It equipped seats with sophisticated leather headrests that adjust as much as 6 inches from the top of the seatback to the highest position. It added flexible neck supports, customized so that passengers can adjust the angle in six directions. It also upgraded the IFE with 12-inch HD touchscreen monitors at every seat, to give passengers more comfort and satisfy entertainment needs 30,000 feet in the air.
EVA plans to be flying its second Boeing 787-9 on Tokyo and Osaka routes by the end of this year and will deploy its remaining two to Australia and Europe during the first half of 2019. EVA will take delivery of its first Boeing 787-10 in the second quarter of next year and expects to be operating a total of 24 Boeing 787 Dreamliners by 2022.
The airline will steadily expand Dreamliner service to more routes in its network as it adds more of the innovative aircraft to its fleet.
About EVA Air:
EVA Air is a Star Alliance member and among the only 11 SKYTRAX-rated 5-Star airlines worldwide. Readers voted it one of Travel + Leisure’s World’s Best “Top 10 International Airlines” and TripAdvisor awarded it top spots in five categories in its annual Travelers’ Choice Awards for Airlines. The carrier was established in 1989 as Taiwan’s first privately owned international airline. It is part of the respected Evergreen Group and a sister company to global container- shipping leader Evergreen Line. It flies a fleet of more than 70 Boeing and Airbus aircraft to 58 international destinations throughout Asia, Oceania, Europe and North America, where gateways are Chicago, Houston, Los Angeles, New York, San Francisco, Seattle, Toronto and Vancouver.
Travelers can learn more about EVA and schedule, book and buy tickets at www. evaair.com.