Taipei, May 3 (CNA) Taiwan's second-largest carrier, EVA Air Corp., announced Thursday that by late August, it will upgrade its business class cabins on all of its Boeing 777 aircraft that fly the Taipei-New York route.
EVA Air President Chang Kuo-wei said that flat-bed seats on commercial aircraft have become a trend among major airlines internationally.
The upgraded business class seats will be offered on EVA's long haul routes and will help enhance the company's global competitiveness, Chang said.
The cost of two-way business-class tickets on the Taipei-New York route will rise by approximately NT$30,000 (US$1,016.9) each, EVA said.
The first flight equipped with 38 new business class seats will leave for New York on June 2 and by the end of August, all of EVA's planes on the Taipei-New York routes will start offering upgraded business class, Chang said.
The carrier estimated that by August 2013, the upgrade of the business cabins on all of its 15 Boeing 777-300 passenger aircraft will be completed at a cost of about US$100 million.
The new seats are convertible into flat beds that extend up to 2 meters in length and are 65 centimeters wide, according to the airline.
(By Wang Shu-fen and Jamie Wang)