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Published on Wednesday, March 19, 2008

EVA Air Upgrades Aircraft and Adds Destinations

EVA Air will launch a B777-300ER twice weekly service linking Taipei and Osaka with Los Angeles on March 30.

We expect interest for this new service from Australian passengers, said Thomas Lim, Deputy Manager, EVA Air, Sydney.

Business travellers with meetings or conventions in these destinations will find the new flight to be an attractive proposition while holiday travellers can add Osaka to their itinerary and enjoy a new route to the USA West Coast, he said.

The new service is scheduled to arrive in Los Angeles in the morning so that passengers can make same-day connections onward to other US destinations with EVA’s code share partners or other airlines.

EVA Air currently has three flights a week from Brisbane to Taipei.  Common rated passengers from Sydney, Melbourne, Canberra and Adelaide fly QANTAS to Brisbane and then join the flight to Taipei, he said.

Mr Lim is looking forward to the resumption of EVA Air’s Sydney/Taipei service.  A decision is expected by the middle of the year.

[Pictured: EVA Air’s Boeing 777-300ER may again return to the Sydney skyline.]

Meanwhile, the Taiwan-based carrier has introduced B777-300ERs on its thrice weekly Taipei/New York route.  The move which eliminates a stop in Seattle cuts four hours off the previous flying time.

In addition, EVA Air has introduced B777-300ERs on its four weekly Taipei/Seattle services.  In April the same aircraft type will be inducted on EVA’s 12 times a week Taipei/San Francisco flights.

The carrier has also updated and retrofitted its three 747-400s to include new technology found on the B777-300ERs. 

The 747-400s deployed on the Taipei/London and Taipei/Vancouver routes now have ergonomically designed seats, Audio/Video on Demand plus digital air-to-ground SMS capability for every passenger.

Premium Laurel Class which features “first class service and amenities like lie-flat seats and 61 in pitch at business class prices” has been enhanced with espresso makers and wine chillers, he added.

Exclusive Report by Thomas E. King, TravelMole’s Travel and Lifestyle Editor

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