EVA Air has signed agreements to acquire 14 CFM56-powered Airbus A321s, EVA Air Chairman James Jeng told Aviation Week last week on the sidelines of the Association of Asia Pacific Airlines (AAPA) annual general meeting in Seoul.

“We signed some commitments already” for 14 aircraft, and the first three will join the fleet next year on lease, says Jeng.

EVA operates 79 weekly flights to 19 destinations in China and by year-end will serve 25 points in China with 105 weekly frequencies, he says, adding that this includes service by subsidiary Uni Air.

The A321s will be used for flights to China, says Jeng, noting that “the A321 is a good size and economical. It’s a high-density narrowbody.” The A321s will be assigned to Uni and will replace Uni’s Boeing MD-90s.

Uni announced an order in September for 10 ATR 72-600s to replace its Bombardier Dash 8-300s. Jeng says three of these ATRs will be delivered next year.

Widebody aircraft also are on EVA’s shopping list. Jeng says the carrier is very happy with the Boeing 777-300ERs it has in operation, and he was quoted earlier this year as saying the carrier plans to order 10 more. But at the AAPA meeting he backed off somewhat from that position. He now says EVA is still considering ordering the 777-300ERs but also will look at other widebodies, such as the Boeing 787, before coming to a decision.