Starlux Airlines receives first aircraft

Starlux Airlines Airbus A321neo
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Taiwanese start-up carrier Starlux Airlines has taken delivery of its first Airbus A321neo, making it the airline’s inaugural aircraft.

Starlux Airlines will add a further nine A321neo jets to its fleet. All A321neo aircraft are on lease from GECAS and equipped with a two-class configuration for 188 passengers in total. The new airline is due to start scheduled commercial operations in January 2020.

Furthermore, the carrier firmed up an order for five Airbus A350-900 and twelve of the larger A350-1000 in March 2019. The airline’s A350-900s will be delivered from late 2021, whereas the first of twelve A350-1000s will join the fleet in 2022.

Starlux Airlines was founded in 2017 and is scheduled to commence operations from its hub at Taiwan Taoyuan International Airport in January 2020. Its initial route network includes services to Malaysia, Macau and Vietnam. Long-haul flights will be added to its network once it takes delivery of its A350s. According to the airline, it will start routes to North America in 2022. By the year 2024, it plans to serve more than 20 destinations in Asia and North America.