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StarLux Airlines takes delivery of its first Airbus A350-900

STARLUX Airlines (SJX) took delivery of its first Airbus A350-900 on October 28 at Airbus Headquarters in Toulouse, France. The delivery ceremony was led by STARLUX Airlines Chairman K.W. Chang and CEO Glenn Chai, who were both excited to mark the new milestone.

Chang arrived in Toulouse to participate in the delivery process, and to personally fly this new A350-900 back to Taiwan. The aircraft is expected to arrive at Taiwan Taoyuan International Airport at 15:00 on October 29 local time.

STARLUX First A350-900

To commemorate STARLUX’s first A350-900 delivery, as well as the union of three Airbus flight models: A321neo, A330neo and A350-900 into its fleet, STARLUX cooperated with Airbus and the professional production team Master Films to take Airbus test flights as an opportunity to shoot an air-to-air video of all three models in flight.

The delivery of B-58501 is the first of the eighteen A350s STARLUX has ordered and is planned to be put into service in January next year after the approval process and required crew training. There will be another A350-900 added to the fleet this year. The A350-900 will initially fly to major cities within the Asia-Pacific region and start operations to Los Angeles in April 2023.

The A350-900 is powered by twin Rolls-Royce Trent XWB engines, which are the largest of Rolls-Royce’s renowned Trent family and the most efficient large aero engine flying today. The engine is designed and optimized specially for the Airbus A350 family, contributing to the A350’s 25% fuel burn improvement and helping reduce the aircraft’s overall noise footprint. As with the current fleet of A330neos, STARLUX has also signed a long-term TotalCare service agreement for all A350 aircraft with Rolls-Royce engines, further strengthening the airline’s partnership with the jet engine manufacturer.

STARLUX’s A350 is the first A350 to offer First Class around the world. It is made from approximately 70% advanced materials such as carbon fiber and has the lowest CO2 emissions in its class, and also the first aircraft in the Asia-Pacific region to integrate the latest evolutions, which comprise improvements to the performance and also to its Airspace cabin. Compared with other A350s in service today, the new A350-900 for STARLUX has a cabin which is wider by 4 inches and longer by 35 inches, which gives more room for passengers in all classes, and also larger galleys for the cabin crew.

The aircraft also features the very latest electrical dimmable windows, blocking 99.99% of visible light, switching twice the speed of the previous generation. STARLUX’s aircraft is the very first A350 to put these new windows into service. Moreover, STARLUX is also the first airline to install dynamic secant luminous panels on an A350. Three motion panels located at two doorways and the very end of Business Class, demonstrating different shapes of ceramics with leaves gradually growing out to make passengers feel at home. As the A350-900 will operate long-range routes, STARLUX’s cabins can be customized with ambient lighting depending on the stage of the flight. There are also three seasonal themes to choose from: Lunar New Year, White Christmas, and Moon Festival.

The premium four-class layout features four seats in First Class, 26 in Business Class, 36 in Premium Economy Class and 240 in Economy Class. STARLUX is the first airline in Taiwan to offer First Class. First Class suites are built with a 60-inch door wall, allowing the passengers to have a personal suite on the aircraft. A personal wardrobe is provided to store luggage. Business Class seats feature a 48-inch door and a cozy lamp to provide warmth. Seats in both First and Business Class can convert into a fully lie-flat bed, and also come with a “zero gravity” feature to offer extra comfort and relaxation. Premium Economy Class seats have been specially designed with a leg rest and footrest bar. To prevent the leg numbness in Economy Class, the thickness of each seat has been reduced, and redesigned with a unique S-shape to provide more legroom.

The A350 inflight entertainment has been elevated to a new level. For First Class, each seat is equipped with a 32-inch 4K screen, while Business Class can enjoy our 4K resolution with a 24-inch screen. Even Premium Economy Class and Economy Class passengers can also enjoy 4K resolution with a 15.6-inch screen or a 13-inch screen respectively. Furthermore, all passengers on the A350-900 can use Bluetooth to connect to their own headphones.

To commemorate STARLUX’s first A350-900 delivery, as well as the union of three Airbus flight models into its fleet, STARLUX cooperated with Airbus and the professional production team Master Films to take Airbus test flights as an opportunity to shoot an air-to-air video of all three models in flight. STARLUX is also the only airline in recent years to complete a formation flight, featuring all three of its Airbus types: A321neo, A330neo and A350. The arrangement process was intricate, taking almost a year to finalize the shooting details. STARLUX, Airbus and Master Films discussed extensively regarding the concepts of the video, including the formations of the airplanes, the shot angles, and the flight path. To perfectly execute the unprecedented mission, Airbus assigned its most experienced pilots to fly the airplanes. The air-to-air filming does not only promote STARLUX, but also to promote the love of aviation itself, setting a new standard for air-to-air filmography.

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STARLUX has entered a new phase with the delivery of the new A350-900. With the addition of another A321neo – B58211 scheduled to be delivered tomorrow, STARLUX will have eleven A321neos, four A330neos, and one A350-900. By the end of the year there will be another delivery of two A321neos and an additional A350-900, which will increase the capacity for STARLUX as the company prepares to begin service to markets outside Asia. With the reopening of Taiwan’s border and as more aircrafts are ready to be delivered, STARLUX will be able to provide luxurious service to more passengers and to extend the network with utmost efficiency.

StarLux Airlines aircraft slide show:

StarLux takes delivery of its first Airbus A330neo

StarLux Airlines has made this announcement:

STARLUX Airlines will take delivery of its first A330neo B-58301 today in Toulouse, France. The aircraft will arrive at Taiwan Taoyuan International Airport at 16:15 on February 19th local time. STARLUX was the first airline in Taiwan to purchase an A321neo, which was flown back to Taiwan personally by K.W. Chang, the company’s chairman. STARLUX is now the first airline in Taiwan to take delivery of an A330neo.

Company chairman K.W. Chang said, “My team and I had spent much time evaluating and discussing the selection of the optimal mid-range aircraft to augment our current line A321neos and A350 XWBs, expanding the range of our fleet to full strength, covering short, mid and long range flights. The efficiency of the A330neo is outstanding by bringing together enhanced technologies and highly efficient Rolls-Royce Trent 7000 engines. In addition, pilots can easily acquire type rating for various aircraft that make up the Airbus family. I am delighted to welcome our first A330neo, as it marks a key milestone in our growth. With the addition of the A330neo, STARLUX can deploy our fleet more flexibly and provide our service to more passengers over regional routes.”

STARLUX intends to lease eight A330neos. The B-58301 is the first of these and will be put into service after the approval process and required crew training is completed in May. Three more will be added to the fleet this year. The A330neos will gradually fly additional routes to major cities within the Asia-Pacific region including MacauHo Chi Minh CitySingaporeBangkok and Tokyo.

Powered by the latest Rolls-Royce Trent 7000 engines, the A330neo provides an unprecedented level of efficiency — with 12% lower fuel burn per flight than previous generation competitors — and provides significant noise reduction. STARLUX also signed a long-term TotalCare service agreement for the airline’s eight Airbus A330neo aircraft with Rolls-Royce, building on the existing partnership with the jet engine manufacturer. The airline has ordered 18 Airbus A350 XWBs powered by Trent XWB engines, which are also covered by the TotalCare long-term service agreement.

STARLUX’s A330neo features a spacious layout with 297 seats, including 28 in business class and 269 in economy class. The A330neo is equipped with an Airbus Airspace cabin, designed to customize and maximize all available space and provide added comfort and ambience. The overhead storage of the STARLUX A330neo is 66% larger, ensuring that passengers have enough space to stow their luggage. The state-of-the-art LED lighting can switch between different scenarios to set the right ambience throughout all phases of a flight and even reduce jetlag.

The cabin interior is once again designed by BMW Designworks to evoke the ambience of “Home in the Air“. The “Pure Tea” color theme featuring natural colors, the warm fabric and leather, along with the ceiling panel with Polaris glowing gently overhead combine to create a most relaxing atmosphere.

Business class passengers will now be able to enjoy more privacy. The 1-2-1 seating layout allows every passenger to have his or her own private entrance into their seat. Luxuriously covered with a cashmere silver back shell and enlarged privacy dividers, each seat can fold down into a fully flat bed. Each passenger has a side cubby for storing personal belongings like water bottles and headphones, and a mirror is mounted on the cubby door. A reading light with three different brightness levels and wireless charger are available in every seat to provide the utmost in convenience and comfort during the flight.

STARLUX does not compromise the comfort of economy-class passengers either. The luxurious RECARO seats in the economy cabin offer ultra-thin seatbacks to increase leg room and are equipped with high-quality leather headrests. The headrest can be adjusted six ways to provide head and neck support for various postures. Passengers can slide their headrest up or down six inches while unfolding the side cushions to an angle that best suits them. Each seat has been installed a tablet holder and a cup holder to ensure that passengers do not have to worry about spilling their drinks or have to tuck cups sloppily in the seat pockets.

The A330neo inflight entertainment system has also been greatly upgraded. In business class, every seat is equipped with a 17.3-inch 4K screen, while passengers in economy class can also enjoy 4K resolution with 13.3-inch screen. Bluetooth audio connectivity is now available for passengers to use their own headphones onboard. 3D interactive “Kid’s map” is added for the little passengers flying STARLUX to explore the world with their fingertips.

The STARLUX fleet is now entering the beginning of a full upgrade. Not only has the first A330neo arrived, but the delivery of eighteen A350 XWBs will also start in the third quarter this year. Through strategic deployment of its A321neos, A330neos and A350 XWBs to routes of varying distances, STARLUX will be able to extend its network with utmost efficiency and to provide convenient and luxurious service from Taiwan to more and more destinations.

StarLux Airlines launches a new route to Singapore

StarLux Airlines officially launched its inaugural flight between Singapore and Taipei today (September 23). Once again, the airline achieves a significant milestone despite the pandemic following the opening of new routes to Kuala LumpurHo Chi Minh City and Manila earlier this year. STARLUX will initially operate two flights per week. The schedule is listed below.

Route

Inaugural Date

Weekly Schedule

Outbound

Flight Time

Inbound

Flight Time

Singapore–Taoyuan  

(SIN-TPE)

2021/9/23

-T-T— (starting Sep.23)

-T-T-S-(starting in Oct.)

15:05-20:05

09:20-13:45

Changi Airport welcomed the inaugural flight from Taipei with a water salute today.

STARLUX has been continuously adjusting its flight schedule and aircraft delivery plan in response to the changing conditions caused by the pandemic. In this respect, the airline has opted to open routes to important business destinations rather than popular vacation spots. With the new route launching today, the airline is now servicing nine destinations from Taoyuan including MacauPenangBangkokOsakaTokyoKuala LumpurHo Chi Minh CityManila and Singapore.

The airline currently operates five Airbus A321neo aircraft, each having 188 seats, including eight in business class and 180 in economy class. Each seat in business class transforms into an 82-inch fully flat bed. Every seat in economy is equipped with a personal entertainment system.

The cabin interior was designed by BMW Group Designworks and features natural and warm colors to evoke a sense of being “Home in the Air.” On flights departing from Taoyuan, the business class meals are specially prepared by the Michelin Taiwanese restaurant “Longtail,” while economy class features a menu created by the renowned Japanese-style grilled meat restaurant “Hutong” in Taiwan. STARLUX prides itself on painstaking detail regarding accommodation and services on all STARLUX flights. In spite of the current challenges facing the airline industry, most services remain available, allowing the airline to continue providing the most enjoyable flights an airline can during this difficult time.

Starlux Airlines to add a new route to Singapore

Starlux Airlines (Taipei) will add the Taipei – Singapore route on September 23.

Initially the route will be operated two days a week increasing to three in October.

However Taiwan has not yet eased travel restrictions to the island for foreigners.

StarLux launches a new route to Manila

StarLux Airlines officially launched its inaugural flight between Manila and Taipei today, July 8. The airline once again goes against the tide during the pandemic by launching a new route to another major Asian destination. StarLux will initially operate two flights per week. The schedule is listed below.

STARLUX officially launched its inaugural flight between Manila and Taipei today.
Route Inaugural Date Weekly Schedule Outbound

Flight Time

Inbound

Flight Time

Manila–Taoyuan

(MNL-TPE)

2021/7/8 —T-S- 10:00-12:10 06:50-09:00
From August

M–T-S-

* Note: Flight number and schedule may change without prior notice.

StarLux Airlines now flies to Ho Chi Minh City

StarLux Airlines has launched a new route between Taipei and Ho Chi Minh City, operating three round-trip flights a week.

On January 23 last year, the new airline launched its inaugural flights from Taoyuan to three destinations — MacauDa Nang and Penang.

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. It is now operating MacauPenangKuala LumpurBangkokHo Chi Minh CityTokyo and Osaka routes.

Starlux Airlines arrives in Ho Chi Minh City

Starlux Airlines made this announcement:

Taiwan’s newly founded airline STARLUX Airlines, with its very first flights to MacauPenang and Danang on January 23, 2020 last year, officially launched its inaugural flight flying between Ho Chi Minh City and Taipei today (May 13).

STARLUX Airlines first flight landed in Ho Chi Minh City.
STARLUX Airlines first flight landed in Ho Chi Minh City.

STARLUX has been adjusting its schedule and choosing to open new routes to important business destinations in response to market demand during the pandemic. After opening routes to NaritaOsakaBangkok and Kuala Lumpur, the airline once again goes against the tide during the pandemic by launching a new route to another major Asian destination—Ho Chi Minh City. The schedule for the newly added route is listed below.

Route Flight No. Flight Time Weekly Schedule
SGN-TPE JX712 11:25-16:10 WED, THU, SAT
TPE-SGN JX711 08:00-10:25 WED, THU, SAT

*STARLUX Airlines reserves the right to adjust the flight schedule at any time. The schedule is subject to change without any prior notice.

With regard to the newly added routes, STARLUX will continue safety precautions and measures to prevent Covid-19. These measures include full cabin and amenities cleaning and disinfection on every flight, cabin crew wearing disposable waterproof gowns, surgical masks, waterproof gloves and eye protection equipment.

With its hub at Taiwan Taoyuan International Airport, STARLUX Airlines now flies to MacauPenangBangkokOsakaTokyoKuala Lumpur and Ho Chi Minh City. The airline initially operates routes in Southeast Asia and Northeast Asia and will gradually develop its trans-oceanic routes to North America starting in 2022, growing steadily toward becoming one of the world’s leading airlines.

STARLUX airlines is positioned as a premium boutique airline. Its Airbus A321neo aircraft has 188 seats, including 8 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. The business class meals are specially prepared by the one-star Michelin Taiwanese restaurant – Longtail, while economy class features Taiwan-based meat brand “Hutong Roasted Meat” to create luxurious roasted meat with rice. There is also the one and only signature “Home in the air” cabin fragrance.

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.