StarLux Airlines to receive first Airbus A330-900neo in mid-February

01/12/2022 06:09 PM
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An Airbus A330-900neo in StarLux livery. Photo courtesy of StarLux
An Airbus A330-900neo in StarLux livery. Photo courtesy of StarLux

Taipei, Jan. 12 (CNA) Taiwan's StarLux Airlines is expected to take delivery of its first wide-body aircraft, an Airbus A330-900neo, in mid-February, before the plane is put into service in May, the carrier said Wednesday.

The A330-900neo to be delivered in February is the first of eight to be operated by StarLux under a leasing deal, and three more planes of the same model are expected to arrive in Taiwan in 2022, according to the carrier.

Since StarLux launched its first flights on Jan. 23, 2020, the carrier has been operating a fleet of leased Airbus A321neos, the sixth of which just arrived in Taiwan on Jan. 2, according to a post on its Facebook page.

The carrier currently operates flights from Taiwan Taoyuan International Airport to destinations including Macau, Penang, Bangkok, Tokyo, Osaka, Singapore, Kuala Lumpur, Manila, and Ho Chi Minh City, and is set to launch new services to Fukuoka in Japan in February.

StarLux plans to deploy the A330-900neo on routes to key capitals in Asia, such as Singapore and Bangkok, a plan first unveiled in late 2019, when it was considering introducing the Airbus model.

The carrier also said it was still in talks with the plane maker on the delivery of 17 Airbus A350s, which it had ordered back in March 2019 and were previously set to begin being delivered in late 2021.

StarLux said it hoped to have its first A350 aircraft in mid-2022.

As part of the upcoming introduction of the new A330-900neo jet, StarLux began selling merchandise specially produced for the model, including a travel pillow and a key chain that looks like a seatbelt on a plane, on Wednesday.

The merchandise are sold online on StarLux's website, as well as at it's customer service center close to the Nanjing Fuxing metro station in Taipei, and the carrier's shop at the Honhui Plaza shopping mall in New Taipei's Xinzhuang District, it said.

(By Wang Shu-fen and Kay Liu)

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