Taiwanese carrier EVA Air has announced the acquisition of 18 Airbus A350-1000s and 15 A321neos.
According to Bloomberg, the $10.1 billion deal was confirmed in a filing on the Taiwan Stock Exchange on November 7, 2023.
Planemaker Airbus celebrated the announcement with a post on X (formally known as Twitter).
“So excited that #EVAAir has chosen the #A350-1000, our #LongRangeLeader, to modernize its long-haul fleet. Adding to this news, the airline has also announced that it will order the #A321neo for its regional routes,” Airbus wrote.
The Airbus A350-1000 can accommodate between 350 to 410 passengers and is powered by two Rolls-Royce Trent XWB-97 turbofans.
The A350’s airframe is built with carbon-fiber reinforced plastic and other advanced materials and can travel ultra-long-range operations up to 8,700 nautical miles.
As confirmed by Airbus, the new A350-1000 will modernize EVA Air’s long-haul fleet and eventually replace its older aircraft.
The order with Airbus is a coup for the planemaker with EVA Air’s current long-haul fleet including 32 active Boeing 777-300ERs.
The purchase also includes 15 A321neos, the longest member of Airbus’ renowned A320 family aircraft, which will be used for regional operations.
In March 2023, EVA Air purchased five Boeing 787-9 Dreamliners.