EVA Airways is undertaking a significant expansion of its cargo operations, with a deal for three General Electric CF6-80C2-powered Boeing 747-400 freighters.

The first delivery is for next year. EVA deputy senior vice-president K W Nieh says the aircraft "is ideal for long-haul routes from South-East Asia to Europe and America".

EVA's cargo fleet includes seven all-freight Boeing MD-11s (above) and 10 747-400 combis. The MD-11Fs will be boosted this year with the delivery of two more aircraft.

The airline operates cargo routes to 17 destinations in South-East Asia, India, the Persian Gulf, Europe and the USA. Last year, air freight generated 41% of EVA's total revenue, with a 42% contribution expected this year. "We believe cargo services will be providing 50% of our total revenues within the next three years," says Nieh.

Source: Flight International