EVA Air took delivery of its first Boeing 777 Freighter at the Boeing Everett Delivery Center in Seattle on Wednesday, 8 November.
The carrier flew its newest freighter from Paine Field to Taiwan’s Taoyuan International Airport, departing shortly after delivery and arriving on Thursday, 9 November in Taipei.
The airport welcomed Taiwan’s first 777F with a water cannon ceremony provided with two fire trucks. EVA plans to put its new 777F in service on routes between Asia and North America in late November.
The airline’s freighter destinations in Asia include Shanghai Pudong, Shenzhen, Chongqing, Hong Kong, Osaka, Singapore, Bangkok, Penang and Hanoi. Its air cargo gateways in North America are Los Angeles, San Francisco, Chicago, Dallas/Fort Worth and Atlanta.
EVA now provides airfreight services on 62 routes, including five dedicated cargo gateways, with 35 weekly freighter flights.
EVA can use the 777F to fly airfreight from Taiwan to any destination in North America with one technical stop in Anchorage, Alaska and it has a capacity of 102 tonnes.
EVA ordered five 777F from Boeing in July 2015 and will take delivery of the additional four by September 2019. As it adds the new freighters, it will retire its five remaining 747-400F by the end of 2019. EVA is now operating a fleet of 79 aircraft, including the new freighter.