A continent-wide expansion of services by EVA Air in North America got underway this week with the unveiling of two new B777-300ER aircraft at the Boeing factory in Everett, Washington.
EVA Air took delivery of the two new aircraft with a ceremonial ownership signing ceremony, followed by a ribbon cutting in front of one of the B777s at the massive factory, attended by Boeing officials and EVA’s president and chairman. Both aircraft then took off from the factory within hours for their new home base in Taipei, Taiwan, with a crowd of Taiwanese journalists onboard.
The new aircraft will be shortly deployed on established EVA routes in North America to give added frequencies to those schedules. On the Taipei-Vancouver route, frequencies will increase from three flights per week to four. And on the Taipei-Toronto route, frequencies will also increase from three weekly flights to four.
The new B777s will also be put to work on increasing frequencies to New York, bumping that schedule up from five flights per week to a daily service. Los Angeles welcomes the most flights from EVA, and with the new aircraft in service, its schedule will grow from 17 flights per week to 20.
Passengers on these aircraft will be treated to the some of the most advanced entertainment technology currently in the skies. EVA’s new Boeing777-300ERs are the first in the world to be equipped with Panasonic’s latest generation eX3 inflight entertainment system and Global Communication Suite (GCS). With this system, EVA offers passengers an SMS roaming service to send and receive short messages on their mobile phones. Sky Wi-Fi access is also being offered, allowing passengers to send and receive e-mails, browse the web and check in on social media.
Pictured, the nose of one new B777-300ER and the tail of another, both in EVA Air colours, at the Boeing factory in Everett, Washington.