Nascent Taiwanese carrier, STARLUX Airlines has signed a firm order with Airbus for 17 widebody aircraft, comprising 12 A350-1000s and five A350-900s. An MoU was signed for the aircraft in July 2018.
The new airline plans to deploy these aircraft on its premier long-haul services from Taipei to Europe and North America, as well as selected destinations within the Asia-Pacific region.
“We are very glad to sign the official purchase agreement today for Airbus widebodies,” says K.W. Chang, founder and chairman of STARLUX Airlines.
“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 in the near future.”
“What K. W. and STARLUX are proving is that when you start from a clean sheet, you make no compromises,” says Christian Scherer, Airbus chief commercial officer. “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.”
STARLUX Airlines is a new full-service airline based out of Taiwan Taoyuan International Airport and founded by Taiwanese aviation veteran Chang Kuo-wei, former chairman of EVA Air.
Chang was ousted from the airline shortly after the death of his father, the founder of Evergreen Group, in 2016. Asked by reporters during the airline’s launch in May 2018, whether the new airline amounted to “the revenge of the prince,” Chang said he was not a prince, but a “king”. He added that he would not rule out cooperation with other Taiwanese airlines, cable station TVBS reported.
STARLUX is set to launch regional operations in early 2020, followed by long haul services early in 2022.