Eva Air to replace long-haul fleet with Boeing 777-300ERs

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Taiwanese carrier Eva Air will replace its older Boeing 747-400s with its new order of Boeing 777-300ERs.

The order, made up of three aircraft bought directly from Boeing and another four leased from GECAS, will gradually replace its 747-400s operated on flights to Europe and North America, says an airline spokesman.

The airline will also continue studying other aircraft types for other long-haul fleet replacements.

Eva Air has 16 Boeing 747-400s, including freighters, operated on flights to 12 destinations in Europe and North America.

In addition, the airline also confirmed that it plans to buy two General Electric GE90-115B engines, worth $30.6 million each, to be used as spares.

"The new spare engines are prepared to meet the operational demand arising from adding more 777-300ERs," adds the spokesman.