In an effort to maintain consistent service quality throughout
its fleet, the Taiwanese airline EVA is investing $36 million
towards the refreshing and upgrading of three of its youngest
Boeing 747-400s and, simultaneously, retiring its last Super First
Class cabin as of Dec. 1.
These upgrades, which include both soft and hardware on the
aircraft, give the B747-400s the same comforts and amenities as the
airline’s new B777-30ERs, which are set to become the backbone of
the carrier’s long-haul fleet.
Following the renovations, the refurbished B747-400s will be
configured to carry 372 passengers, seating 36 in Premium Laurel
Class, 56 in Elite and 280 in Economy. Additionally, EVA has
imported Taiwan’s first wallpaper-pasting machine from the United
Kingdom, making them Taiwan’s first carrier to have the technology
and capability to renovate entire aircraft cabins.
EVA’s introduction of the new cabins began in 2003 with the
first Airbus 330-200s and gained full prominence in 2005 with the
advanced Boeing 777-300ERs. In June 2007, Evergreen Aviation
Technologies (EGAT) retrofitted the first of the B747-400s, and EVA
deployed it on U.S. routes. The second aircraft, which will
deployed on the Taipei-London route, is expected to be complete
this month, and the third, running from Taipei-Vancouver, will be
refurbished by December.
The renovations of these B747-400s will provide every passenger
with the latest ergonomically designed seats, an AVOD (Audio/Video
on Demand) system that includes e-mail and mobile phone messaging
to people on the ground, hot meals and other comfortable amenities.
Additionally, passengers in Premium Laurel class can enjoy the
luxuries of traditional first class, such as lie-flat seats and an
espresso machine, and passengers in Elite class have roomier seats