EVA Air of Taiwan has become a new operator of Airbus single aisle aircraft following the delivery today of its first A321. The aircraft is being leased from Aviation Capital Group (ACG) and is the first of 12 A321s ordered by the US lessor. The aircraft was handed over at a ceremony in Hamburg attended by Chang Kuo Wei, President of EVA Air.
EVA currently plans to introduce 12 leased A321s into its fleet between now and end-2014 for operation on regional routes. The airline has specified a high comfort two class layout for the aircraft seating 184 passengers. EVA’s A321 fleet will be powered by CFM International CFM56 engines.
“We are delighted to take delivery of our brand new Airbus A321.” said Chang Kuo Wei, EVA Air President. “The innovation and outstanding reliability offered by the A321 match EVA’s commitment to provide the best experience to our passengers. The aircraft will also enable us to enhance our profit potential as a result of lower operating costs.”
“The addition of the A321 to our portfolio reflects the long-term appeal of the aircraft, with its wide operator base, proven economics and strong residual values,” said R. Stephen Hannahs, Group Managing Director/CEO, Aviation Capital Group. “We are extremely pleased to be placing our first A321 with one of Asia’s premium carriers, based at the heart of the world’s fastest growing aviation market.”
“We are happy to welcome EVA as our latest A321 operator.” said John Leahy, Airbus Chief Operating Officer, Customers. “The A321 offers the lowest operating costs of any aircraft in its size category and will bring new levels of efficiency for EVA on regional routes. We are also pleased to see ACG add the A321 to its active portfolio, as it becomes an increasingly important financing partner for Airbus.”
The A320 Family is the world’s best-selling single aisle product line. To date, more than 8,600 aircraft have already been ordered and over 5,200 delivered to more than 374 customers and operators worldwide.