Start-Ups Starlux Airlines firms up order for 17 A350 XWB aircraft

Taiwanese Start-Up carrier Starlux Airlines has firmed up its order for 17 Airbus A350 XWB aircraft

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A firm order was signed between the carrier and manufacturer Airbus for 17 widebody aircraft. The deal includes deliveries for 12 A350-1000s and five A350-900s. Starlux Airlines seeks to deploy the aircraft for premier long-haul operations from Taipei to Europe and North America. Selected destinations in the Asia-Pacific region are expected to be served, too.

K.W. Chang, Founder and Chairman of STARLUX Airlines commented: “We are very glad to sign the official purchase agreement today for Airbus widebodies. The A350’s combination of extra-long-range capability, significantly lower operating costs and high passenger comfort were key factors in our decision.”

“Starlux is committed to becoming one of the best airlines in the world. We are positive that with the A350 XWB, we will be able to spread our wings to further destinations, bringing our best-in-class services to more people over the world shortly,” Chang added.

Christian Scherer, Airbus Chief Commercial Officer, said: “Both the A350-1000 and A350-900 offer true long-range capability, greater passenger comfort, yet all the economic benefits of fleet commonality. We salute Starlux's strategic choice with gratitude, and we will be there to support their legitimate ambition."

Airbus´ A350 family consists of the A350-900, A350-1000 and A350-800, while the -800 was undeveloped after several carriers opted for the -900 or -1000 version. First A350 delivery was in December 2014, when Qatar Airways received the first A350-900. Four years later, in February 2018, Qatar Airways became launch customer of the A350-1000. To date, over 235 -900s and 15 -1000s have been delivered by Airbus.

During the Farnborough International Airshow in 2018, Airbus and Starlux Airlines signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) for this deal. Earlier in 2018, Starlux decided to lease 10 Airbus A321neo aircraft. The carrier has big plans, as it expects to operate a fleet of 50 aircraft by 2030.

Starlux Airlines is a Start-Up airline from Taiwan with headquarters in Taipei. The company was founded by ex-EVA Air chairman Kuo-Wei Chang and hopes to perform its first flight in early 2020. Long-haul operations are expected to commence in early 2022.

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