EVA Air is heading to Germany for the first time, offering four flights a week from Taipei to Munich.
Flights to the Taiwanese metropolis will leave from Munich on Mondays, Wednesdays, Fridays, and Saturdays.
The long-haul aircraft Boeing 787-9 dreamliner will be used.
The first flight was operated by a Boeing 777-300 with a special “Hello Kitty” livery.
The carrier, which has been a member of Star Alliance since 2013, already flies to five other European cities – London, Paris, Amsterdam, Vienna and Milan. EVA AIR currently serves 68 destinations on four continents. Its fleet consists of 90 aircraft, approximately two-thirds are long-haul jets.
Top Copyright Photo: EVA Air Boeing 777-36N ER B-16722 (msn 42107) (Hello Kitty – Shining Star) AMS (Ton Jochems). Image: 959305.
EVA Air will launch nonstop flights between Taipei and two popular European destinations. It will initiate Milan service on October 25, 2022 and introduce Munich flights on November 3, 2022. The airline will start with two flights a week to Milan and four to Munich.
Addition of the Milan and Munich service to current London, Amsterdam, Paris and Vienna gateways will give EVA the best-developed Taiwan – Europe network with the greatest frequency, offering travelers more flexibility on popular routes. Travelers can learn more about the new routes and services or book flights and buy tickets at http://www.evaair.com from July 6, 2022.
EVA had planned to launch Milan service in February 2020 but the pandemic and associated lockdowns made that impossible. Now, it is moving ahead with service to Italy’s second-most populous city and financial capital. Milan and Munich mark EVA’s first route expansion in the European market in 25 years. EVA currently flies nonstop to Taipei from Paris and Vienna and operates direct flights from London and Amsterdam with one stop in Bangkok. The added service will give business and leisure travelers more itinerary opportunities when they choose to arrive in one city and return from another.
Passengers from Milan and Munich will be able to arrive at Taiwan’s Taoyuan International Airport (TPE) in the early morning and easily connect onward aboard one of EVA’s frequent flights to northeast and southeast Asia, just as those from Paris and Vienna are now. The expanded flight network will position EVA to attract more travelers from Europe who can comfortably and efficiently fly to and from the airline’s main hub in Taiwan to popular destinations throughout Asia. The added routes will also benefit EVA’s long-term development and stability.
The airline will serve the routes with 777-300ERs:
EVA Air has announced it will repaint its Boeing 777-300 (B-16703, msn 32643) “Hello Kitty – Hand in Hand” logo jet into its standard livery on May 16, 2021.
The airline made this announcement on social media:
Farewell “Hand in Hand”! Our Hello Kitty Jet “Hand in Hand” will be reinstated to standard livery on 5/16. If you are located near SFO, you can enjoy a last look at the “Hand in Hand” jet in the SFO sky before mid-May.
Top Copyright Photo: EVA Air Boeing 777-35E ER B-16703 (msn 32643) (Hello Kitty – Sanrio Family) LAX (Michael B. Ing). Image: 920984.
With flights scheduled to commence on February 18, 2020, EVA Air will begin a four times weekly service from Taipei Taoyuan to Milan Malpensa (MXP) next year. The 316-seat 777-300 operated service will become the carrier’s only sector to Italy, and just the fifth destination it flies to in Europe adding to its existing routes to Amsterdam, London Heathrow, Paris CDG and Vienna. MXP will become the third direct station in Europe, with other cities (London and Amsterdam) only being served via Bangkok, and it is the first route to be opened by the carrier in Europe in the last 20 years.
The Star Alliance carrier, which flew more than 12.5 million passengers in 2018, currently flies to 65 global destinations, including 11 in North America and 50 in Asia and Oceania. EVA Air is one of just eight carriers in the world rated as a ‘Five-Star Airline’ by international quality ratings organisation SkyTrax, and becomes the fifth of those eight airlines to serve MXP. It was also rated amongst the world’s Top 10 Airlines of 2019, as voted for by global travellers, and is the seventh of those ten carriers to fly to Malpensa. It has received this accolade for four years in a row.
EVA Air Boeing 777-300ER photographed on October 31, 2015 from Clay Lacy Astrovision Learjet.
The importance of the airline’s hub in Taipei, and the potential for onward connections, will also benefit the new route. “We expect many travellers on the route to fly point-to-point between Taipei and Milan, but we also anticipate significant volumes of passengers and cargo transfer traffic on EVA Air’s network of 31 points in Asia, 18 in China and Brisbane in Australia,” states Tucci. More than 70% of Milan’s traffic to Asia currently flies via a long-haul gateway.
Operated year-round, EVA Air will fly the 9,640-kilometre sector on days 1,2,4 and 6 from its hub at Taipei Taoyuan, and will leave Milan on Tuesdays, Wednesdays, Fridays and Sundays given the overnight service from Asia. Flight BR71 departs Taiwan at 23:40 and arrive at MXP at 07:15 the next day. Leaving Malpensa at 11:50, BR72 lands in Taipei at 06:30 the following day.
The Taipei Taoyuan hub becomes the 18th Asian gateway flown from MXP and EVA Air the 14th airline with flights to the region. The new flights to Taiwan join existing operations to Azerbaijan (Azerbaijan Airlines), China (Air China, Neos), Georgia (Wizz Air), Hong Kong (Cathay Pacific Airways), India (Air India), Japan (Alitalia), Korea (Korean Air), Maldives (Air Italy, Alitalia, Neos), Pakistan (Pakistan International Airlines), Singapore (Singapore Airlines), Thailand (Thai Airways) and Uzbekistan (Uzbekistan Airways). “Asia is market that is growing by 17% year-on-year for MXP, thanks to the investment in capacity by our 13 serving airlines and their collective strategy to improve the quality of Milan’s network by moving beyond traffic closer to its final destination,” concludes Tucci.
Top Copyright Photo: EVA Air Boeing 777-35E ER B-16713 (msn 33756) LAX (Michael B. Ing). Image: 947035.
EVA Air today celebrated the delivery of its first Boeing 787-10 Dreamliner (B-17801), marking the first of 20 super-efficient 787-10s the carrier plans to use on high-density routes within Asia later this summer. The airline, which is also celebrating its 30th anniversary this year, already operates a fleet of four 787-9 Dreamliners.
Built with lightweight composite materials and powered by advanced GEnx engines, EVA Air’s 787-10 is the largest member of the fuel-efficient and passenger-pleasing Dreamliner family.
At 224 feet long (68 meters), EVA Air’s 787-10 can serve 342 passengers in a two-class configuration, which is 38 more seats than EVA Air’s 787-9 Dreamliner.
A member of Star Alliance, EVA Air serves international routes with approximately 565 weekly flights. Onboard the airline’s new 787 Dreamliner, passengers can experience EVA Air’s new Royal Laurel class seats designed by Designworks, a BMW Group company. At 23 inches wide, the new seats feature privacy panels, full lie-flat capabilities as well as enhanced in-flight entertainment systems. EVA Air also partnered with Teague, to redesign its economy class seats, which are produced by Recaro.
Boeing, Air Lease Corporation (ALC, and EVA Air today (October 2) celebrated the delivery of the airline’s first 787-9 Dreamliner (B-17881, msn 39295), via a lease from ALC, at Boeing’s South Carolina Delivery Center.
EVA Air plans to debut the long-range and super-efficient airplane in November on international routes.
Built with lightweight composite materials and powered by advanced GEnx engines from General Electric (GE) Aviation, the 787 Dreamliner family lowers operating costs by more than 20 percent compared to previous airplanes, and nearly 10 percent compared to today’s competing jets.
Today’s delivery marks the first of 24 Dreamliners for the Taipei-based airline. In 2015, EVA Air announced a landmark order for 18 787-10 airplanes along with plans to operate four 787-9s and two 787-10s on lease from ALC. This remains the largest commercial airplane purchase in Taiwan’s history.
A member of Star Alliance, EVA Air serves international routes with approximately 565 weekly flights. Onboard the airline’s new 787 Dreamliner, passengers can experience EVA Air’s new Royal Laurel business class seats (above) designed by Designworks, a BMW Group company. At 23 inches wide, the new seats feature privacy panels, full lie-flat capabilities as well as enhanced in-flight entertainment systems. EVA Air also partnered with Teague, to redesign its economy class seats, which are produced by Recaro (below).
To improve the operational efficiency of its 787s, EVA Air plans to use a variety of Boeing Global Services tools, including Maintenance Performance Toolbox, Airplane Health Management and the electronic flight bag product.
The airline will also use Component Services, where Boeing and its partners own, manage and maintain a global pool of high-value rotable parts, components and line-replaceable units (LRU) for convenient access.
EVA Air is adding its popular Hello Kitty Hand-in-Hand Jet into its Los Angeles schedule on a regular basis on Tuesday (March 27, 2018). It is using the specially painted plane on Tuesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays for three of the 21 nonstop flights it operates between Los Angeles and Taipei, Taiwan every week.
From nose to tail of the colorful Boeing 777-300ER, Hello Kitty and Sanrio friends of different colors, shapes and sizes join hands and invite fun and friendship. Among the 19 Sanrio Family characters linking hands with Hello Kitty and Dear Daniel are My Melody, Kuromi, Little Twin Stars, Cinnamoroll, Pompom Purin and Bad Badtz-Maru.
EVA BR005 departs Los Angeles International Airport (LAX) at 11:55 am and gets into Taoyuan International Airport (TPE) at 5:05 pm the next day. Return flight BR006 leaves TPE at 10:10 am and arrives in LAX at 6:50 am. The specially painted Boeing 777-300ER is configured in three cabins, Royal Laurel Class business, Premium Economy and Economy. Flight time from LAX to TPE is 14 hrs. and 10 mins. From TPE to LAX, it’s 11 hrs. and 40 mins.
The fun of flying on EVA’s Hello Kitty and Sanrio Family Jets begins at airport check-in with special boarding passes and baggage stickers. Onboard, cabin crews wear Hello Kitty Jet aprons and passengers use themed service items, including headrest covers, pillows, tissue, hand cream, soap, napkins, paper cups, utensils and snacks.
EVA flies seven of the specially painted planes on routes within Asia, in addition to long-haul service to Chicago and Los Angeles. Its other Hello Kitty planes are the Shining Star, Joyful Dream, Celebration Flight and Friendship Bows. Its Sanrio Family aircraft are the gudetama Comfort Flight and Bad Badtz-Maru Travel Fun planes.
Top Copyright Photo (all others by EVA Air): EVA Air Boeing 777-35E ER B-16703 (msn 32643) (Hello Kitty – Sanrio Family) LAX (Michael B. Ing). Image: 920984.
Juneyao Airlines, the first “Connecting Partner” of Star Alliance, has started a codeshare partnership with EVA Air on routes across the Taiwan Straits from March 26, 2018. The codeshare cooperation will bring more travelling choices for passengers flying across the Taiwan strait, and will have apositive impact on the expansion of Juneyao’s network in Asia, warming up the relationship between the Chinese mainland and Taiwan.
According to the codeshare agreement, Juneyao Airlines and EVA Air will place their own codes on flights operated by partners connecting Shanghai Pudong – Taipei Taoyuan and Shanghai Pudong – Kaohsiung. Meanwhile, Juneyao Airlines will continue its FFP offerings on connecting flights providing priority check-in, priority baggage handling, priority boarding, extra baggage allowance, and lounge access for Star Alliance Elite members, including those from EVA Air.
Detailed codeshare flights between Juneyao Airlines and EVA Air are shown below:
HO3181 / BR711
HO3185 / BR751
HO3187 / BR721
HO1310 / BR2732
HO3182 / BR712
HO3186 / BR752
HO3188 / BR722
HO1315 / BR2733
HO3189 / BR705
HO1316 / BR2734
HO3190 / BR706
Juneyao Airlines Co., Ltd is a wholly owned subsidiary of Juneyao Group, targeting at middle-to-high-level official, business and private tourism markets. Juneyao Airlines started its inaugural flight in September 2006 and became the first Connecting Partner of Star Alliance in May 2017. As of today, Juneyao Airlines owns 68 brand new Airbus A320 series aircrafts whose average age is only 3 years. In 2017, Juneyao Airlines have carried over 16 million passengers.
Based in Shanghai and Nanjing, Juneyao Airlines operates 110 routes linking major cities in China as well as surrounding countries.
It will further launch intercontinental flights after receiving Boeing 787-9 Dreamliners in late 2018.