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EVA Airways' US fleet to see 22% jump in 2014

TAIPEI, Taiwan -- Eva Airways said on Tuesday that it plans to expand its U.S. fleet with the introduction of three new 777-300ER aircraft, a move expected to increase its U.S.-bound flights by 22 percent to 55 flights per week this year.

To cater to the surge in demand during this year's summer vacation, Eva Airways will introduce three new 777-300ER aircraft to its U.S.-bound fleet starting from June, Eva Airways (長榮航空) Chairman Chang Kuo-wei (張國煒) told local media yesterday at a corporate gathering. Eva Airways is Taiwan's second largest airline behind China Airlines (中華航空).

The North American market currently accounts for 30 percent of EVA Airways' total revenue. With the three news aircraft added to its U.S. fleet, EVA will see a 5-percent increase in North American revenues, Chang said, while predicting EVA Airways' second-half data would outpace that of the first half.

Evergreen Group (長榮集團) Vice Chairman Bronson Hsieh (謝志堅) indicated that the open-sky agreement inked between Taiwan and the U.S. has provided Taiwanese air carriers with great business potentials.

Citing personal experience of traveling from the U.S., Hsieh said that since Evergreen's air travel arm EVA Airways joined the Star Alliance last year, the number of foreign travelers on EVA flights has increased thanks to the partnership with major carriers.

EVA Not Interested In Budget Airline Business

EVA Airways ranking officials also said it has no plans to enter the low-cost carrier sector, despite efforts by two other airlines to launch budget services this year, according to the Central News Agency.

Hoping to stand firm in its current market segmentation, Chairman Chang said EVA Airways is looking to follow a service-oriented model, following regional competitors such as Singapore Airlines, Hong Kong's Cathay Pacific Airways and Japan's All Nippon Airways.

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