Eva Air 777-300ER. Courtesy, Boeing

EVA Air has finalized an order for three Boeing 777-300ERs, including purchase rights for four aircraft, the two companies announced.

In addition, EVA will lease four -300ERs from GE Capital Aviation Services (GECAS). The carrier is undergoing a fleet transformation to enable it toincrease frequencies to mainland China and new destinations in North Asia.

Delivery from GECAS is slated for 2014. Boeing did not disclose delivery times, but the Taipei-based carrier told ATW earlier this year of its interest in the proposed787-10 or 777X aircraft, in addition to the seven 777-300ERs, which at that time were slated to join the fleet between 2014 and 2016 (ATW Daily News, April 12). EVA was the launch customer for the aircraft type in 2000, and operates a fleet of 15 777-300ERs (ATW Daily News, Aug. 1, 2005).

"The 777-300ER is the flagship of our long-haul fleet and will play an important role in growing our global operations," EVA Air president Chang Kuo-wei said.