Starlux Airlines firms up order for 17 Airbus A350

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Taiwanese start-up carrier Starlux Airlines has firmed up its Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) for 17 Airbus A350 aircraft.

The order consists of five Airbus A350-900 and twelve of the larger A350-1000 and is worth about US $6 billion, according to list prices. It was first announced by Airbus and Starlux as an MoU at Farnborough Airshow 2018 in England, and has now been firmed up by the parties.

Deliveries for the Airbus A350-900 will start in late-2021, while the A350-1000 will be delivered from Q3 2022. Starlux plans to fly the A350 on high-capacity routes within Asia, as well as long haul flights to North America.

Founded in 2017, Starlux Airlines is a new airline based in Taipei, Republic of China (Taiwan), that aims to launch flight operations in early 2020. In addition to the A350s, it has ten leased Airbus A321neo on order, the first of which will be delivered to the airline in October this year. Starlux says it wants to become one of the most ‘high-end and luxurious’ airlines in the world.