EVA Air to retire Boeing 747s this year

EVA Air's Boeing 747-400 aircraft
EVA Air’s Boeing 747-400 aircraft

EVA Air is accelerating the retirement of its Boeing 747 fleet, bringing forward the scheduled date of the final flight from October to August 2017.

The Taiwanese carrier currently operates three 747-400 aircraft, which are still the largest in its fleet with a total of 372 seats in three classes. But these are being gradually replaced by new long-haul jets, including the Boeing 777-300ER.

As a result, EVA’s final 747 flight will operate between Taipei and Shanghai on 20 August.

EVA’s long-haul fleet renewal programme will continue in the coming years when it starts taking delivery of its new fleet of Boeing 787 Dreamliner aircraft. Like many current and former 747 operators, EVA has decided against buying the new version of the aircraft, the 747-8 Intercontinental.

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