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EVA Air to expand fleet to over 70 planes by 2016

TAIPEI -- EVA Airways will continue to expand its fleet with the aim of increasing the number of planes to more than 70 by 2016, the company said Thursday.

Taiwan's second-largest carrier said it took delivery in Germany the previous day of the first of 12 new Airbus A321-200s.

All 12 aircraft are scheduled to be delivered by 2014, the airline said.

It said the A321-200 offers fuel efficiency and low noise. Once the new planes go into service, they will first fly the Hong Kong and Macau routes and later, Southeast Asian, Northeast Asian and China routes, gradually replacing the MD90 craft that are currently used on these routes.

The addition of the new plane increases the EVA fleet to 58 aircraft.

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