TAIPEI, TAIWAN — Taiwanese international airline Eva Air adds one more Boeing 777 freighter to its cargo fleet. The aircraft is expected to arrive at Taoyuan International Airport near Taipei by the end of 2023.

Evergreen Group subsidiary carrier currently operates eight Boeing 777Fs. All of these dedicated freighters are owned by Eva Air. The airline has also signed an agreement with Israel Aerospace Industry Corporation (IAI) to convert three of its Boeing 777-300ER passenger jets into cargo aircraft.

The Taiwanese carrier will bring the number of freighters in its fleet to 12 by 2025 and strengthens EVA Air Cargo's competitiveness in the airfreight market.

"We regularly evaluate passenger and cargo market needs so that we can appropriately increase capacity and meet demand. To design the best strategies for securing the competitive edge in these markets, we also pay close attention to our fleet composition,"

said EVA President Clay Sun. According to Boeing, the air cargo market will grow around 4.6% over the next 20 years. The American planemaker also expects the global freighter demand to increase by more than 70%.

"Our immediate and long-term goals are the same. We aim to thrive in the booming air cargo markets of today and in the future, sustain the flexible services and unmatched reliability we are known for and, at the same time, help meet global conservation and environmental goals,"

Sun added.

The Boeing 777F is currently the world's largest twin-engine cargo aircraft. It has a maximum capacity of 106 tons, closely competing with the four-engine Boeing 747-400 freighter that can carry as much as 112 tons. It can fly up to 5,000 nautical miles when fully loaded, making it the most popular type of freighter on the market.