Taiwan’s second largest airlines, EVA Airways 長榮航空, becomes the 28th member of the global airline alliance, Star Alliance 星空聯盟, today at a ceremony held in its hub airport, Taiwan Taoyuan International Airport 臺灣桃園國際機場 (TPE), formerly known as Chiang Kai-shek International Airport 中正國際機場. Founded in 1989, EVA Airways’ passenger fleet consists of Airbus A321-200, Airbus A330-200, Airbus A330-300, Boeing B747-400, and Boeing B777-300ER. EVA Airways also operates freighter Boeing B747-400F and McDonnell Douglas MD-11F as EVA Air Cargo. Currently EVA Airways flies to more than 60 destinations in more than 20 countries and territories in Asia, Europe, North America, Oceania, and Taiwan.
EVA Airways 長榮航空 is the third airline in the Greater China region to join Star Alliance, after Air China 中國國際航空 and Shenzhen Airlines 深圳航空, and is the second airline in Taiwan to join an airline alliance. EVA Airways’ main rival, China Airlines 中華航空 (Taiwan’s flag-carrier), joined SkyTeam 天合聯盟 on 28 September 2011.
Other Star Alliance member airlines that fly to Taiwan include (not including code-share flights): Air China 中國國際航空 (7 cities in PRC), All Nippon Airways 全日本空輸 (Tokyo-Haneda and Tokyo-Narita), Asiana Airlines 韓亞航空 (Seoul-Incheon), Shenzhen Airlines 深圳航空 (4 cities in PRC), Singapore Airlines 新加坡航空 (Singapore), Thai International Airways 泰國國際航空 (Bangkok, Seoul-Incheon, Hong Kong, and Phuket via Hong Kong), and United Airlines 美國聯合航空 (San Francisco via Tokyo).
EVA Airways also revealed a B777-300ER in Star Alliance livery. In celebration of joining the alliance, EVA Airways re-branded its frequent flyer program from Evergreen Club 長榮貴賓聯誼會 to Infinity MileageLands 無限萬哩遊. EVA Airways also released a commercial featuring Taiwanese-Japanese actor and singer Takeshi Kaneshiro 金城武 in more than 80 countries to promote its service on Tuesday night Taiwan time (UTC+8).