StarLux Airlines a new airline based in Taiwan has taken possession of its first aircraft, an Airbus A321neo. Seventeen Airbus A350 XWB are expected from 2021.
Based at Taipei-Taoyuan Airport, the new company Starlux Airlines formally received on October 25, 2019 the first of 10 Airbus A321 Neo ordered (B-58201), leased from GECAS, equipped with LEAP-1A engines and configured to you 8 passengers in business class and 180 in economy. The first flights are scheduled for January 2020, in principle to Danang in Vietnam, Penang in Malaysia and Macao in China – leisure destinations. Its network is expected to quickly reach Thailand (Bangkok, Chhiang Mai, Phuket) and Japan (Tokyo, Osaka, Nagoya, Sapporo, Fukuoka, Sendai, Okinawa). All these A321s should be in service by the end of next year.
Founded by a former EVA Air executive, Chang Kuo-wei, and targeting business and leisure travelers as an upscale boutique airline, like Vistara in India, StarLux also last March five A350-900 deliverable in 2021, and twelve A350-1000 deliverables by 2024. Its future long-haul network has not been unveiled, but it wants to compete directly with the Taiwanese national airline China Airlines (which operates A350s). ) and the private EVA Air (who did not order).