Taiwan - EVA Air has just put into service its first Boeing 777F. Within two years, five aircraft of this type will replace as the Boeing 747-400Fs in the fleet of the Taiwanese freighter operator.
EVA Air received its first Boeing 777 Freighter on November 8, at the Boeing's Seattle plant. After the ferry flight, the aircraft landed at its base in Taipei-Taoyuan Airport the next day. The commissioning came a few days later, on November 22, to Hanoi via Bangkok. Since then, the aircraft has served on the Taipei-Shanghai, Taipei-Hong Kong, and Taipei-Anchorage-Chicago routes.
On this occasion, EVA Air became the first operator of the B777F in Taiwan. It has ordered five 777Fs from Boeing in July 2015 and expects to receive the remaining four aircraft by September 2019. These deliveries will result in the gradual withdrawal of the last five 747-400Fs in the fleet by the end of 2019. EVA Air will thus make its final goodbyes to 747, having already withdrawn the passenger versions in August 2017.
The 777 Freighter is based on the 777-200LR and can travel 5,000 NM (9,260 km) with a total payload of 102 tonnes.
The introduction of the 777F into the freighter fleet has several advantages for the company. The aircraft is equipped with GE90-115B engines, the same as those equip its 34, 777-300ERs. The common engine will reduce maintenance costs and enable to manage maintenance activities effectively. In addition, pilots can easily switch from passenger to cargo version, resulting in greater flexibility in schedules.
The 777 Freighter is based on the 777-200LR and can travel 5,000 NM (9,260 km) with a total payload of 102 tonnes. These features give EVA Air the ability to use the aircraft across its North American network from Taiwan.
Launched in 1991, EVA Air is owned by the Evergreen Logistics Group. Its network includes 62 destinations worldwide. With this first 777F, the fleet reaches 79 aircraft in total.