EVA Air is adjusting a previous order of Boeing 787s in favor of adding more freighters.
According to a report from Aerotime Hub, the Taipei-based carrier will convert 7 jets as part of an original order for new 787-10s to 777 freighters and 787-9s. The adjustment will see the airline receive four 787-9s along with 3 777 freighters.
The original order for around 20 Boeing 787-10s in late 2015 was worth around USD $8 billion. EVA Air initially planned to use the latest version of the Dreamliner aircaft to boost its wide-body fleet, which the airline currently has 9 in its fleet. Of the 9 delivered, EVA Air has 4 787-9s and 5 787-10s. By changing the order, the airline plans to save around USD $112 million.
With the adjustment to include 3 freighters, EVA Air is shifting its plans to boost its cargo fleet in response to the growing demand for cargo services. At present, the airline has 5 Boeing 777 freighters. While posting an NT$614 million net loss in the 2nd quarter of 2020 attributed to a decline in passenger traffic demand, EVA Air also reported a 137% increase in cargo services income during the same period (NT$14.34).
During the first half of the year, EVA Air reported a NT$1.83 billion net loss.