EVA Air inaugurates flights to Milan with a Boeing 777

Taiwan’s rising airline EVA Air on Tuesday added Milan (MXP) to its list of European destinations and established the first nonstop flight between Taiwan and Italy. The 14-hour flight from Taipei (TPE) will operate twice a week on Tuesday and Saturday (with return flights on Wednesday and Sunday) and will be operated by a Boeing 777-300ER until November 12, when which the airline will transition to using the Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner. The move comes as EVA Air seeks to expand its flight network and capture some of the business from the busy route.

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The decision to add Milan to the list of destinations it flies to is undoubtedly very deliberate for EVA Air; the Italian Civil Aviation Authority (Enac) reports that more than 75,000 people flew between Italy and Taiwan in 2019 alone. Demand for the route fell sharply in 2020 and 2021, but enthusiasts Aviation are optimistic about resuming its normal trend as the industry rebounds from the pandemic. Operating a flight on this route represents a prime business opportunity, and EVA Air is ready to take advantage of it.


A well-connected airline

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Founded in 1989, EVA Air stands for Evergreen Airways and is one of Taiwan’s two major airlines alongside the national carrier, China Airlines. The carrier operates flights to more than 40 international destinations, but its flight network is mainly concentrated around Asia. Some of its popular destinations include Beijing (PEK), Seoul (ICN), Hong Kong (HKG), Bangkok (BKK) and Singapore (SIN). The airline is privately owned.

The addition of a new route is a welcome change to the carrier’s catalog, marking EVA Air’s fifth European destination. Other popular European destinations for the airline include Amsterdam (AMS), London Heathrow (LHR), Paris (CDG) and Vienna (VIE). Travelers from Germany can also expect Munich (MUC) to be added to this list in November this year as the carrier seeks to expand its reach from East and South Asia. East to Europe.

A potential future transit hub

The new route also comes at the perfect time, as travel demand continues to recover from its lowest point during the pandemic. Combined with the four existing routes that EVA Air already serves and the upcoming one to Munich, the flight to Milan positions Taipei as a potential future transit hub for travelers to East and Southeast Asia. These travelers will thus find themselves bringing increased economic activity to Taiwan, benefiting not only EVA Air but also other Taiwanese businesses.

With the introduction of a new flight from Taipei to Milan, EVA Air has positioned itself as a serious player in the Eurasian travel industry. Its move follows a trend of rapid expansion that helps it build a strong, interconnected flight network and capitalize on a popular route. Additionally, the move could help transform Taiwan into a transit hub for travelers to East and Southeast Asia and increase economic activity in the region.

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