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EVA Air places order for Airbus A350-1000s and A321neos

EVA Air has placed an order for Airbus A350-1000s and A321neos.

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EVA Air has placed an order for the following Airbus aircraft:

  • 18 A350-1000s
  • 15 A321neos

The A350s will be used to replace the ageing Boeing B777 fleet and some A330s too. It’s unclear whether the airline has ordered the Long Range version (A321LR) or the Extra Long Range version (A321XLR) but it’s unlikely to be either of those as Airbus says that these A321neos will be used for regional routes, replacing the older A321ceos.

Some airlines, like IndiGo and Ryanair, are likely to place order with Airbus and Boeing respectively, given that they like to keep fleet commonality. EVA Air is one of those airlines which operates a mix fleet of Airbus and Boeing, with A330s, B777s and B787s in its wide-body fleet.

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The total transaction price for the deal is $10.1 billion at list prices, with each A350-1000 and A321neo not costing more than $436 million and $150 million respectively. Airlines usually get steep discounts when placing such huge aircraft orders.

The delivery timeline of these aircraft has not been revealed yet. The A350s will probably the next flagship aircraft for EVA Air post the retirement of the B777s.

Currently, the Taiwanese carrier has 34 B777-300ERs and 18 A321ceos in its fleet. The former are aged between 6 and 17 years, while the latter have an average age of 8.5 years, with the oldest being around 10 years old. In November 2022, EVA Air’s President Sun Chia-ming said that the carrier is looking towards a larger wide-body fleet and that the airline is also planning to retire A330s by 2029.

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