EVA Air became the first operator of the Boeing 787-10 to Brisbane Airport this week, with the new Dreamliners taking over the Taipei Taoyuan to Brisbane route (BR315/316 service). The airline currently operates four Boeing 787-10 aircraft, with a further 20 on order.
The airline’s Boeing 787-10s are in a two-class configuration, with 34 Royal Laurel class seats and 308 economy class seats. This is an extra 33 seats compared to the Airbus A330-300s which previously operated the route.
EVA Air currently serve Brisbane four times a week from their Taipei Taoyuan hub. This will increase to daily over the peak summer period, before settling back to five flights a week in February.
Why the extra Stretch?
The 787-10 is Boeing’s final variant of the 787. At 68.3 metres in length, it has a range of 11,910 km compared to the 14,140 km of the 787-9. It is primarily suited to the middle range, high capacity market. This makes it perfect for the Asia-Pacific region, which is experiencing growth in demand year-on-year. Boeing has forecasted that within the next 20 years there will be 17,390 deliveries to customers within the Asia-Pacific region to cope with the demand.
The arrival of EVA Air’s 787-10 makes it the second 787-10 operating within Australia, the other being Singapore Airlines’ with two of their four daily flights to Perth being operated by the new Dreamliners.