Starlux Airlines Would be the First Airline in Taiwan to Operate the A321neo Aircraft


Starlux Airlines is not based in Luxembourg but in Taiwan. The airline is now about to receive 10 Airbus A321 neo planes. It eyes Taiwan to US routes. Starlux Airlines are an up and coming airline set to complete its first revenue flight in late 2019 to early 2020. The airline has ambitious plans to start services to North America by 2021 and therefore is looking at long-haul fleet options.

Starlux Airlines is planning short-haul flights from Taiwan to Northeast and Southeast Asian nations, with services to start in the first quarter of next year.

Starlux would be the first airline in Taiwan to operate the A321neo aircraft and has received type certification from the Civil Aeronautics Administration (CAA).

The company might fly the single-aisle A321neo aircraft — a longer version of the A320 that is more fuel efficient and has more capacity — in January next year if it gains an Air Operator’s Certificate from the aviation regulator earlier than expected.

Starlux also plans to purchase 17 A350 planes, which would be used for long-haul flights, such as between Taiwan and the US. Deliveries for the A350 is planned for 2021 to 2024.

The company hopes to receive air operator’s certification at the end of this year.

Starlux is planning to hire 120 flight attendance by July. Total staff is planned to be 620 after July and 1000 before the operation will start.