TAIPEI, TAIWAN (November 8, 2017) – EVA Air Cargo took delivery of its first Boeing 777 freighter, registration number B-16781, at the Boeing Everett Delivery Center in Seattle on Wednesday, November 8, 2017. The carrier will put the new freighter in service on routes between Asia and North America in late November. Shippers and freight forwarders can reserve space at http://www.brcargo.com and track shipments from their smart phones with the EVA Cargo App.
EVA’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 with 35 weekly freighter flights, including five dedicated cargo gateways.
The highly efficient Boeing 777 freighter is the world’s largest twin-engine air cargo carrier. The Boeing Company designed it to replace both the 747-400 and MD11 freighters. Based on the Boeing 777-200LR, the 777 freighter has the range to fly 5,000 nautical miles fully loaded with a maximum capacity of 102 tons. With one technical stop in Anchorage, Alaska, EVA can use it to fly airfreight from Taiwan to any destination in North America.
Energy-efficient and environment-friendly, EVA’s new Boeing 777 freighter is expected to reduce fuel consumption and carbon emissions by 25% and save as much as by 30% in operating costs compared to 747-400 freighters. EVA is equipping its Boeing 777 freighters with GE90-115B Turbofan Engines, the same as those used to power its 34 Boeing 777-300ER passenger planes. By using the same engine, EVA is reducing maintenance costs and promoting maintenance management efficiencies.
Both the 777 and 747-400 freighters accommodate the same-sized pallets and containers, giving EVA Cargo advantages of resource sharing and smoothing the cargo loading and transfer process during the transition to the newer aircraft. The addition of 777Fs to the fleet also gives flight crews the flexibility to fly passenger and cargo models after they have completed EVA’s demanding pilot-training program.
EVA ordered five 777 freighters from the Boeing Company in July 2015 and will take delivery of the additional four by September 2019. As it adds the new freighters, it is retiring its five remaining 747-400Fs, taking them all out of service by the end of 2019. EVA is now operating a fleet of 79 aircraft, including the new freighter.