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EVA Air vs. China Airlines – which Taiwanese carrier is better?

There are several countries in East Asia that each have two competing full-service airlines. Taiwan is one such area where both live EVA Air and Chinese Airlines. Instead of specific in-cabin products, which may vary from park to park, we’ll look at common areas such as destinations, park composition and service to judge a pair.


Directions

Evergreen Group-backed EVA Air serves four domestic destinations and 50 international destinations in 22 countries as of September 2022, according to FlightConnections. Meanwhile, China Airlines serves the same four domestic destinations but covers 63 international destinations in 25 countries, giving it a clear advantage.

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While EVA Air has a strong North American Presence, with six routes to the US and one to Canada, China Airlines offers much better deals to Australia and New Zealand, as well as reaching countries such as India.

EVA Air is heavily dependent on the Boeing 777 for its operations. Photo: Vincenzo Pace | Simple flight

It should also be noted that the two airlines are part of different alliances. EVA Air is a member of the Star Alliance and thus connects to a network of 1,300 destinations in 190 countries worldwide. China Airlines is a member of SkyTeam, whose network includes only 1,062 destinations in 170 countries. This may affect some passengers depending on their loyalty to either carrier.

While the clear winner can only be chosen based on the region of travel, China Airlines offers a better connection than its competition here. Both are founded with Taiwan Taoyuan International Airport.

Fleet

Both airlines have almost identical fleets, with China Airlines currently having 91 aircraft and EVA Air having 86. However, they are divided differently.

The fleet of China Airlines consists of 22 aircraft airbus A330s, 18,747Fs, 15 Boeing 737, 14 A350-900, 10 777-300ER, eight A321neo and four 777F. While the aging freighters have an estimated average lifespan of 10.5 years for the carrier, the presence of the A350 means it also has a good mix of modern long-haul jets.

China Airlines has chosen the A350 for its newest long-haul fleet, while EVA Air has opted for the Boeing 787 instead. Photo: Vincenzo Pace | Simple flight.

Meanwhile, EVA Air flies 34 Boeing 777-300ERs, 22 Airbus A321s, 12 A330s, 10 787s and eight 777Fs. The more streamlined fleet has an average age of just 7.8 years, but the 777 remains the fleet’s workhorse by some margin.

It’s hard to hand the victory to either carrier, as both have aging and modern aircraft. It comes down to a tie, albeit one that’s easy to break depending on the product embedded.

Service

Both airlines pride themselves on their service and food. Service tends to come down to personal preference, especially between two full-service carriers from the same region. However, rating websites give EVA Air the upper hand, with China Airlines slightly behind.

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Conclusion

Ultimately, if you’re a frequent flyer and loyal to a particular airline and alliance, your decision may already be made. However, for those open to both airlines, EVA Air seems to be the winner with better ratings and more destinations available through the Star Alliance network. That being said, China Airlines offers a solid track record of holding its own against legacy carriers in Europe and North America.

Have you flown both airlines before? Which one is the best? Let us know in the comments.

Source: FlightConnections.com

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