You would be forgiven if you had never heard of the Airline StarLux, but that’s because the Taiwanese carrier doesn’t actually have any planes or any routes yet!
But that is all about to change.
Recently, at the Farnborough Air Show in the United Kingdom, StarLux Airlines made a very large order with Airbus, committing to 17 Airbus A350’s, in a deal worth approximately $6 Billion dollars.
The deal includes 12 A350-1000’s, dubbed the competitor to the Boeing 787 Dreamliner. It can seat 366 passengers in a typical three-class layout with a range of 8,000 nautical miles (14,800 km). This plane would be used to reach destinations on the West Coast of America and finally link them with Taiwan.
Plus five A350-900, which are a bit smaller in length, passenger capacity, and would be used for their planned short-haul routes.
They were so excited about this deal, that they’ve actually already released a video featuring a computer-generated craft in the livery:
They will be directly competing against the other Taiwanese airline, EVA Air. StarLux Airlines, in a delicious taste of drama, is actually being headed by Chang Kuo-wei, who was the former chairman of EVA Air. So the eventual price war between the two lines will be one to watch.
“StarLux will be a full-service carrier and will target international business travel as well as tourism. The new airline’s initial fleet is intended to connect Taiwan mainly with Northeast and Southeast Asia.” – A spokesperson for StarLux.
StarLux Airlines plans to start their business in 2019 by leasing 10 Airbus A321neos, for short-haul routes across Taiwan and other areas of Southeast Asia. As soon as they can get their hands on their new Airbus A350’s, they will be operating long-haul routes as well.
Watch this space.