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EVA Air

by Giuseppe TovarDecember 7, 2013

EVA Air is an airline in Taiwan with a hub at the Taipei-Taoyuan and bases at the Kaohsiung airport, in the state of Taiwan, and the Bangkok-Suvarnabhumi airport in Thailand.

In September 1988, the founder of the Evergreen Group, Chang Yung-fa, announces that it will establish the first private airline of Taiwan.

In 1992, the airline receives its first Boeing 747-400, and launches its Premium “Economy Deluxe” service, on flights over the Pacific Ocean serviced by the 747 direct to Los Angeles, on December of that same year. In 1993, it adds flights to Seattle, New York, Bangkok, and Vienna, operated by a 747-400.

In 1994, the airline is able to provide regular service to 22 destinations throughout the world, transporting more than 3 million passengers a year. In 1995, the airline has a turnover of US 1.05 billion dollars, a year ahead of schedule.

In April of 1995 the operations of the airlines Cargo division begin with weekly cargo flights from Taipei to Singapore, Penang, San Francisco, New York and Los Angeles operated with a McDonnell Douglas MD-11. The fleet of the Cargo division was extended to five aircraft in December of the same year. Previously the Cargo division operated with passenger aircraft.

In the mid 90`s, EVA Air expands in the Taiwan domestic market by purchasing shares of  Makung International Airlines, Gran China Airlines, and Taiwan Airways. On July 1, 1998, all three vectors were united in a single company called UNI Air. UNI Air became the intra-taiwanese, domestic, subsidiary of the airline, which operates short flights from its base in Kaohsiung, which is the second largest city in Taiwan.

In 2000, the airline launches its first major renovation of the long-haul fleet. The airline became the launch customer for the Boeing 777-300ER, ordering four airplanes and more than eight options. The airline also placed three orders of Boeing777-200ERs during the same time period. In January 2001, the airline ordered its first Airbus aircraft, the A330-200. THE Boeing 777 were intended for the United States and Europe, while the Airbus A330-200 were allocated to Asian routes.

In 2004, the airline exercised its eight options for Boeing 777-300ERs.  The first Boeing 777-300ER came into service in July of 2005. With the arrival of the new Boeing 777, the airline has launched an overall renewal of the interior, by introducing fully reclining armchairs in its new Premium Class Service.

In 2007, the airline announced non-stop service for flights from Taipei to Newark operated by the new Boeing 777-300ER aircraft. At the same time, the airline took the passenger service from Taipei to Paris that it had incorporated on January 21, 2009, to weekly frequency. In 2008, the airline also announced the suspension of services to Auckland. The vector has also increased flights to China, after the start of weekly charter flights in July 2008 as a result of changes to travel contracts.

In 2007 the airline transported 6.2 million passengers. In 2008, the airline, received the “Best Premium Economy Class” annual award from Skytrax, best airlines world. In 2010, the airline published a news piece on its own service approach in Toronto. In August of 2010, EVA Air made the top 10 list of international airlines in the magazine Travel Leisure. Then in November of 2010, the airline initiated a non-stop service between Taipei-Songshan and Tokyo-Haneda.

For the period 2007-2008, the airline had to deal with the sudden price increase of 34% in fuel, which contributed to losses of 2,007 million dollars. In the month of August of 2008, the airline recorded a quarterly loss as a result of an increase in the cost of fuel. As a response, the company implemented cost cutting measures, which have included reductions in flight times and increases in taxes. At the beginning of 2008, the affairs office of the airline in California  announced a substantial reduction of staff.

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  • Erik
    December 7, 2013 at 8:31 pm

    We were very fortunate at check-in to be assigned seats at the top deck. The cabin on the top deck feels much more extensive than the economy of the lower deck and seating and has a lot more leg room and storage space. BKK – LHR we were able to check-in online, everyone should do this as soon as possible and again you might get the top deck seats assigned. These seats may not be previously assigned in the economy class, but it would benefit those that booked with lower fares as well, to check in as soon as possible or check to see if online check in is available.

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