EVA Air Buys More Boeing 787-10 Jets

Daniel Fowkes
11 May 2024
· Aircraft 
· Airlines 
EVA Air has announced it'll purchase four additional Boeing 787-10 jets as part of fleet expansion plans with delivery in 2029.

EVA Air has confirmed it’ll grow its commitment to the Boeing 787 Dreamliner through a new purchase.

After deliberation and studies, executives confirmed a deal for more 787s to boost reliance on the widebody in a stock filing reported by Yahoo.

The deal includes four additional Boeing 787-10s, the high-capacity version of the popular widebody jet. The aircraft are expected to be delivered in 2029, with the total reliance on the Dreamliner growing to 30 units.

Fleet data shows that EVA Air already has 15 Boeing 787 jets in service, averaging an age of 3.9 years. As a result, the Dreamliner represents the youngest fleet type within their operations.

EVA Air operates four 787-9s and 11 787-10s, and the reliance on the larger variant is expected to grow considerably throughout the remainder of the 2020s.

Aircraft Types Begin Being Sold Out

For customers interested in boosting their fleet, securing jets is becoming more challenging. Airlines are scrambling to order aircraft for delivery throughout the remainder of the 2020s and into the 2030s.

These orders are precisely being placed to ensure that, in the next decade, this respective airline won’t require additional purchases as they’ll be covered for that period.

Aircraft families such as the Boeing 787 have been sold out for several years as customers flock to the popular widebody to ensure delivery slots can be confirmed well in advance for the early 2030s – Photo: Kwok Ho Eddie Wong.

However, aircraft programmes are beginning to sell out due to these purchases. This means that the remaining airlines that haven’t confirmed purchases are scrambling to secure deals.

Additionally, it is worth considering that not all airlines can order aircraft a decade in advance. Ordering this far ahead can be possible for larger, more well-established airlines, but this is not possible for emerging or niche customers.

As a result, turning to the leasing market is often described as the solution. However, as aircraft programmes begin selling out and supply chains feel the pressure, even the leasing market struggles to find availability for airlines.

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