EVA Air plans to add 10 flights per week to U.S., Canada
Central News Agency
2014-01-07 10:09 PM
Taipei, Jan. 7 (CNA) The Evergreen Group carrier EVA Air plans to add 10 flights per week on five routes from Taiwan to the United States and Canada this year, EVA President Cheng Chuan-yi said Tuesday. Cheng said that because of increasing air travel demand from the U.S. and Canadian markets, the airline plans to increase the number of flights serving cities in the two countries, including upping the number of weekly flights to New York from five to seven, to Los Angeles from 17 to 21, to San Francisco from 12 to 14, and to Vancouver and Toronto from three to four each. Expressing optimism about this year's air travel market, Cheng said that EVA Air will purchase three Boeing 777-300ER jets between April and June this year that will have Internet access. Cheng said that aside from the additional flights, the carrier is also studying the feasibility of launching new routes to other cities in the United States, including Houston, Dallas and Chicago. Cheng unveiled the plan during the launch by Uni Air, another airline affiliated with the Evergreen Group, of a new flight between Taipei International Airport and Pudong International Airport in Shanghai. The new flight's launch is expected to contribute significantly to the Evergreen Group's earnings this year, Cheng said. EVA Air earned NT$1.77 billion (US$58.67 million) in after-tax net profit in the third quarter of 2013, a record quarterly high since the third quarter of 2010, allowing it to record earnings per share (EPS) of NT$0.54 for a single quarter, according to Cheng. For the first three quarters of 2013, its after-tax net profit reached NT$675 million and its EPS was NT$0.21, making it the country's most profitable airline. Its business turnover this year is likely to reach NT$130 billion, given the brisk business in the North American and Northeast Asian markets, according to Cheng. (By Wang Shu-fen, Maranda Hsu and Y.L. Kao)
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