StarLux Airlines launches maiden flight to Singapore
Taipei, Sept. 23 (CNA) Taiwan's newest carrier Starlux Airlines launched its maiden flight to Singapore on Thursday, as part of its expansion efforts in Southeast Asia.
Starlux Flight JX731, carrying 12 passengers and four tons of freight, was given a water cannon salute as it departed Taiwan Taoyuan International Airport at 9:20 a.m.
The launch ceremony also featured the mascot Merli, which was created by the Singapore Tourism Board to build a stronger emotional connection with the public and promote brand awareness of the country.
Two of the passengers on the maiden flight said they chose to fly with Starlux because of the viral reports of its high-quality service.
In the initial stage, Starlux said, it will operate two round-trip flights per week -- on Tuesdays and Thursdays -- to Singapore, using its Airbus A321neo aircraft.
Starting in October, it will also fly on Saturdays on the route, the airline said, adding that it will adjust its flight schedule on a rolling basis, depending on demand.
Singapore has now become Starlux's 10th destination, since the Taipei-based airline launched its inaugural flight in January 2020. The other routes are to Macau, Penang, Bangkok, Tokyo, Osaka, Kuala Lumpur, Ho Chi Minh City, Manila and Danang.
Currently, passengers who have spent at least 21 days in Taiwan prior to their departure for Singapore are not required to quarantine on arrival, once they apply in advance for an Air Travel Pass and they test negative for COVID-19 on arrival.
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