Category Archives: StarLux Airlines

Starlux Airlines to suspend operations

Starlux Airlines is suspending its only remaining route, Taipei (Taoyuan) – Da Nang on March 21 until at least May 1, 2020.

The Penang route was previously suspended on March 8, 2020 according to Airline Route.

Starlux Airlines commences operations

Starlux Airlines, as planned launched scheduled passenger operations on January 23, 2020.

The airline made this announcement:

After almost three years of preparation, Starlux Airlines announced the launch of its inaugural flights on January 23, flying to three destinations—Macau, Da Nang and Penang—with three flights to Macau, two flights to Da Nang and one flight to Penang respectively.

As a passionate qualified pilot himself, Chang has taken every opportunity to personally fly the airline company’s new aircraft. Not only did he fly the first three A321neos back to Taiwan from Hamburg, he also flew the second round trip to Macau and back, flights JX203 and JX204.

Starlux operated the advanced Airbus A321neo aircraft on the three routes. The aircraft has 188 seats, including eight in business class and 180 in economy class. Each seat in business class is equipped with a 15.6-inch 1080p inflight entertainment system screen and can transform into an 82-inch fully flat bed. Passengers sitting in economy class can stretch out with a generous 31-inches of leg room and enjoy a personal entertainment system featuring a 10.1-inch 720p screen, which is the first on narrow-body aircraft in Taiwan. Moreover, Wi-Fi service is provided in both classes.

The inflight services have also been exquisitely prepared. From the playful 3D animated inflight safety video, the design and texture of the cabin seats, the exclusive cabin frangrance to the tailormade boarding music by the famous jazz musician Peter White and the inflight meal concocted by Michelin-star chef Lam Ming Kin, Starlux has prepared a journey experience to satisfy all five senses of each passenger.

With its hub at Taiwan Taoyuan International Airport, Starlux Airlines will initially fly routes in Southeast Asia and Northeast Asia, gradually developing its trans-oceanic routes to North America starting in 2022, growing steadily towards becoming one of the world’s leading top airlines.

All photos by the airline.

StarLux Airlines to start operations on January 23, 2020

StarLux Airlines received its AOC from the Ministry of Transportation and Communications on December 12.

As a result, the airline has announced its first routes will start on January 23, 2020. The first routes will be between Taipei (TPE) and Macau, Da Nang and Penang.

The first routes will be operated with Airbus A321neo aircraft.

Starlux Airlines receives its first Airbus A321, will start flying in January

Starlux Airlines on October 26, 2019 took delivery of its first Airbus A321neo (B-58201).

This is the first aircraft for the new airline.

The upstart intends to begin scheduled passenger operations from Taipei to Da Nang, Macau and Penang.

The airline also has long-range aircraft on order.

The new Airbus A350-900s will start arriving in late 2021 while the first A350-1000 will arrive in 2022.

StarLux Airlines unveils its cabin crew uniforms

StarLux Airlines (Taipei) unveiled its cabin service uniforms on October 2.

The new airline is planning to operate five Airbus A321neo aircraft when it commences operations next year. Services are planned to commence on January 23, 2020 to secondary cities in Asia from Taipei.

The first three destinations will be Da Nang, Macau and Penang. Macau will be the first.

The new airline is also planning to fly to the United States when it receives its first Airbus A350-1000.

All photos by Manuel Negrerie reporting from Taiwan.

StarLux Airlines orders 17 Airbus A350s

StarLux Airlines of Taiwan has signed a firm order with Airbus for 17 wide body aircraft, comprising 12 A350-1000s and five A350-900s.

The new airline plans to deploy these aircraft on its premier long-haul services from Taipei to Europe and North America, as well as selected destinations within the Asia-Pacific region.

At the end of February 2019, the A350 XWB Family had received 852 firm orders from 48 customers worldwide, making it one of the most successful widebody aircraft ever.

Photo: Airbus.

StarLux Airlines is now planning to launch in January 2020

StarLux Airlines (Taipei) is now planning to launch scheduled passenger operations in January 2020 according to a statement by Chang Kuo-wei.

The upstart is planning to operate Airbus aircraft including A320neo, A350-900 and A350-1000 aircraft.

Image: StarLux.

Starlux Airlines selects the Airbus A350 XWB for long range services

Starlux Airlines of Taiwan has selected the all-new AIRBUS A350 XWB for its future long haul fleet, following the signature of a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) for the purchase of 17 aircraft, comprising 12 A350-1000s and five A350-900s.

The agreement was announced at the Farnborough Airshow in the UK by Chang Kuo-wei, founder and Chairman of STARLUX Airlines and Eric Schulz, Airbus Chief Commercial Officer.

The news follows a decision by the airline earlier this year also to select Airbus for its regional single aisle fleet, with a plan to finalise leases for 10 Airbus A321neo aircraft from third party lessors by the end of the year.

Starlux Airlines is a new full-service airline based in Taipei and founded by Taiwanese aviation veteran Chang Kuo-wei, former Chairman of EVA Air.

STARLUX A350-1000 (PRNewsfoto/STARLUX Airlines)

The carrier will develop a network spanning destinations across Asia and long haul services to North America. The carrier will launch regional operations in early 2020, followed by long haul services early in 2022.

The Airspace cabin which, on top of the aircraft spaciousness and quietness, provides better ambience, design and services, contributing to superior levels of comfort and well-being, and setting new standards in terms of flight experience for passengers in all classes.

Image: Airbus.

New start-up in Taiwan: StarLux Airlines

StarLux Airlines is a new airline start-up based in Taipei, Taiwan. The airline stated its goals and plans:

StarLux Airlines was issued its official business registration certificate by the Ministry of Economic Affairs on May 2, 2018.

K.W. Chang, founder and chairman of StarLux Airlines, launched Starlux Investments Limited in 2017 to lay the groundwork for the new airline, including applying for all relevant permits and certificates. The official registration of Starlux Airlines will see a staff of over 150 people directly transferred to the new company. Starlux now needs to pass a five-stage evaluation conducted by Taiwan’s Civil Aeronautics Administration to acquire its Air Operator Certificate in order to begin operations in 2020 as scheduled.

In the meantime, the company is continuing its aggressive program of new staff recruitment, systems implementation, aircraft leasing and other relevant operations. In the second half of this year, more aviation professionals will join the team and begin a robust pilot training program. Mass recruitment for airport ground staff and cabin crew is planned to begin in 2019.

True to its slogan, “Born to be luxury. Shining like stars,” Starlux is dedicated to making each journey a once in a lifetime experience of exquisite enjoyment for each and every passenger. Chang says, “Being high-end and luxurious is not about the price tag, but rather an attitude, a standard embedded in our brand. We will always be at the forefront of safety and quality service to achieve operational excellence and to perform beyond each passenger’s expectations in every detail.”

Fulfilling the goal of providing quality and excellence of travel experience, Starlux is initially going to operate 10 advanced and fuel-efficient Airbus A321neos on lease with the first aircraft to be delivered in October 2019. In addition, the airline is currently at the final stage of evaluation and selection for additional 14 wide-body aircraft and will take delivery of the first aircraft by the end of 2021 according to plan.

With three A321neos flying the initial routes from Taipei to southeast and northeast Asian destinations, StarLux’s fleet will include up to 24 aircraft by the end of 2024 to serve over 20 destinations in Asia and North America.

StarLux anticipates gradually expanding its network as its fleet grows, providing best-in-class luxury travel for passengers worldwide.

All images by StarLux.