Starlux Airlines (Chinese: 星宇航空; pinyin: Xīngyǔ Hángkōng) is an airline company headquartered in Taipei, Taiwan that is scheduled to begin service in January 2020.

STARLUX Airlines
星宇航空
STARLUX Airlines logo.svg
IATA ICAO Callsign
JX SJX STARWALKER
Founded
  • 2016 (company registration)
  • 2018 (established)
Commenced operations23 January 2020 (2020-01-23) (Expected)
HubsTaipei
Secondary hubsTaichung
Frequent-flyer programCosmile
Fleet size3
HeadquartersTaipei
Key peopleChang Kuo-wei
Websitewww.starlux-airlines.com

HistoryEdit

The company was registered in 2016 with the Ministry of Economic Affairs of the Republic of China.[2] This was confirmed by Chang Kuo-wei on 30 November 2016. Chang was formerly the chair of Taiwanese airline EVA Air.[3] The airline registered with the Civil Aeronautics Administration in the first half of 2017,[4] and it was planned, in late 2016, that it should commence operations in 2018.[5] The Ministry of Economics Affairs received the formal application for establishing the airline under the name Starlux Airlines on 22 May 2017.[6] In an interview in 2017, the airline was expected to start operations "by the end of 2019".[7] Chang stated in January 2019 that Starlux Airlines would launch in January 2020.[8]

In March, the airline's chairman Chang Kuo-wei signed a total of 17 Airbus A350 XWB orders. This is also the country's largest single Airbus purchase agreement.[9] In September 2019, the airline announced its launching destinations which include Da Nang, Macau, and Penang and will be launched on 23 January 2020.[10]

On 25 October 2019, the first A321neo was delivered in Hamburg, Germany. The plane arrived at Taoyuan International Airport on 29 October via Dubai and Bangkok.[11]

On 10 December 2019, Starlux received its Air Operator's Certificate (AOC) from the Civil Aeronautics Administration and opened reservations for its launching destinations on 16 December 2019.[12][13]

DestinationsEdit

The following destinations have been announced:

Hub
Focus City
Future destinations
Terminated destinations
City Country Province/Region IATA ICAO Airport Notes Ref
Cebu
begins 6 April 2020
Philippines Central Visayas CEB RPVM Mactan–Cebu International Airport [14]
Da Nang
begins 23 January 2020
Vietnam South Central Coast DAD VVDN Da Nang International Airport [15]
Macau
begins 23 January 2020
Macau MFM VMMC Macau International Airport [15]
Penang
begins 23 January 2020
Malaysia Greater Penang Conurbation PEN WMKP Penang International Airport [15]
Taichung Taiwan Taichung City RMQ RCMQ Taichung International Airport Secondary Hub [16]
Taipei Taiwan Taoyuan City TPE RCTP Taoyuan International Airport Hub [16]

FleetEdit

 
Starlux's first aircraft, B-58201, an Airbus A321neo, approach landing in Songshan Airport

As of January 2020, Starlux Airlines operates the following aircraft:[17]

Starlux Airlines fleet
Aircraft In service Orders Options Passengers Notes References
F B E+ E
Total
Airbus A321neo 3 7 8 180 188 Deliveries started in October 2019.
All aircraft will be delivered by the end of 2021.
All leased from GECAS
[18][15][19]
Airbus A350-900 9 10 TBA Deliveries will begin in 2021.
All aircraft will be delivered by 2024.
[20][21]
Airbus A350-1000 8 TBA [20][21]
Total 3 24 10

Fleet developmentEdit

In March 2019, the airline announced to start operations with 17 Airbus aircraft: 5 Airbus A350-900s and 12 Airbus A350-1000s which will be flying on their new routes to Europe and North America as well as to selected Asian destinations. Starlux has also planned to add 10 Airbus A321neos to its fleet to serve their Asian routes.[22] Starlux Airlines will become the first Taiwanese airline to fly both the Airbus A321neo and Airbus A350-1000.[11][23] The airline is also considering to buy or lease Airbus A330neos.[24]

CabinEdit

Business ClassEdit

The business class cabin has eight seats in a two-row, 2-2 configuration in the Airbus A321neo. The seats are 20.19 in (51.3 cm) wide and can be converted into a 208 cm (82 in) fully flat bed, featuring a 15.6-inch HD in-flight entertainment touchscreen. Free unlimited Wi-Fi will be available to all business class passengers on board.[25][26]

Economy ClassEdit

The Economy Class cabin will have 180 slimline seats in a 3-3 configuration in the Airbus A321neo, each with a 10.1-inches SD screen, USB port and fitted with a leather headrest. The seat is 18.36 in (46.6 cm) wide while free "basic Wi-Fi" for texting will be available to all economy class passengers on board.[25][26]

See alsoEdit

ReferencesEdit

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  2. ^ "Brand New Airline Starlux Orders 17 Airbus A350 Aircraft". Simple Flying. 19 March 2019. Retrieved 16 December 2019.
  3. ^ "This Unknown Airline Has Just Ordered 17 A350's". Simple Flying. 17 July 2018.
  4. ^ 王子復仇記?張國煒籌設星宇航空 長榮:會很辛苦. ETToday (in Chinese). Retrieved 20 December 2016.
  5. ^ "Former EVA chairman plans new airline". Taiwan News. Retrieved 2016-12-20.
  6. ^ 汪, 淑芬 (23 May 2017). 星宇航英文名STARLUX天空閃亮豪華一顆星 (in Chinese). Central News Agency. Retrieved 31 May 2017.
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  13. ^ Yu, Hsiao-han; Huang, Frances (13 December 2019). "StarLux Airlines to start selling tickets next week". Central News Agency. Retrieved 13 December 2019.
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  19. ^ "Starlux Airlines receives its first Airbus A321neo". Business Traveller. 29 October 2019. Retrieved 29 October 2019.
  20. ^ a b "STARLUX Airlines confirms its order for 17 A350XWB". Flightglobal. 19 March 2019. Retrieved 19 March 2019.
  21. ^ a b "Starlux Airlines Trades 4 Airbus A350-1000 Orders For A350-900s". Simple Flying. 9 November 2019. Retrieved 15 January 2020.
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  25. ^ a b "Starlux promises premium experience for regional Asia business travel". ExecutiveTraveller.com. Retrieved 8 October 2019.
  26. ^ a b "Starlux Airlines unveils cabin design and seat products for its A321neo". BusinessTraveller. Retrieved 16 December 2019.