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StarLux to take delivery of first Airbus jet soon

2019/10/21 17:43:44

Image taken from facebook.com/starluxairlines

Taipei, Oct. 21 (CNA)Taiwanese startup airline StarLux Airlines on Oct. 28 will take delivery of its first aircraft, an Airbus A321neo, in preparation for the launch of service early next year, it said Monday.

The narrow body jet, flown by StarLux Chairman and pilot Chang Kuo-wei (張國煒), will arrive at Taiwan Taoyuan International Airport on Oct. 28 from Hamburg, the airline said, but did not give the landing time.

The delivery of the airplane will be the first of 10 A321neos on order by Starlux, which is scheduled to start service on Jan. 23, 2020.

The airline said it will begin selling tickets in late December for the six inaugural round-trip flights - three to Macau; two to Da Nang, Vietnam; and one to Penang, Malaysia - which will be offered daily.

The airline will focus on Southeast Asian destinations in the first few years of its operation, paving the way for the transit market between the region and North America, which StarLux plans to enter in 2022, according to Chang.

StarLux will start acquiring 17 wide-body A350s in 2021 and is also considering obtaining some A330neos, he said.

The airline has NT$6 billion (US$194 million) in capital and is aiming to increase that by NT$2 billion before the end of the year and break even in five years, Chang said.

As part of its celebrations to mark the delivery of its first aircraft, the airline said, it is holding a contest to pick the best photos of the plane taken by members of the public.

For those who may not be able to photograph the aircraft on the day of delivery, there will be other chances, as it will have to take numerous test flies across the country to obtain a certificate of airworthiness, StarLux said. Further information about the competition is available at https://events.starlux-airlines.com/STARtracker/index.php

(By Lee Hsin-Yin)
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