Taiwan’s Starlux Airlines starts operations

Starlux Airlines Airbus A321neo
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Taiwanese start-up carrier Starlux Airlines has commenced commercial operations on Thursday, January 23.

At the first day of operations, the new airline operated flights from its hub at Taiwan Taoyuan International Airport to Macau, Da Nang (Vietnam) and Penang (Malaysia). Furthermore, a daily service from Taipei to Cebu, Philippines, will be added in April.

Starlux Airlines currently has three Airbus A321neo jets in its fleet. The carrier’s first A321neo was delivered in October last year. A further seven A321neos will join the fleet.

In addition to the A321neo aircraft, Starlux ordered Airbus A350-900s and A350-1000s. Deliveries of the A350 jets are expected to start in 2021. According to the airline, the wide-body jets will be deployed on future long-haul flights to North America and Europe, as well as high-capacity routes to destinations in Asia.

Starlux Airlines was founded by Chang Kuo-wei, the former chairman of competitor EVA Air. The carrier received its Air Operator Certificate (AOC) in December 2019.