Taiwan’s Starlux Airlines has signed an agreement with Airbus to confirm the order for 17 Airbus widebody aircraft today, including 12 A350-1000 aircraft and 5 A350-900 aircraft.
The newly formed airline will use the aircraft ordered to fly its high-end long-haul routes from Taipei to Europe and North America, as well as selected select Asia-Pacific routes.
Zhang Guojun, founder and chairman of Starlux Airlines, said: “We are very pleased to sign a formal agreement to order the Airbus widebody aircraft. The Airbus A350 combines ultra-long-range flight capability, significant low operating costs and excellent passenger comfort, which is also our deciding key factors in ordering this model. Starlux Airlines is committed to being one of the best airlines in the world. With the Airbus A350, we will be able to expand our route network to further destinations, and in the near future provide more passengers with our first class service.
Airbus Chief Commercial Officer Christian Scherer said: “Mr. Zhang Guofan and StarLux Airlines have shown that even from scratch, there is no need to compromise. Each of Starlux’s Airbus A350 aircraft is lighter than other alternatives. Imagine how much savings this can bring! And the A350’s range is more than 1000 nautical miles longer than other alternatives, allowing Starlux Airlines to fly directly to the US East Coast. Think about this extra market and revenue! Both the A350-1000 and A350-900 aircraft have true long-range flight capabilities and superior passenger comfort, as well as economic benefits due to fleet versatility. We pay tribute to Starlux Airlines’ strategic choices and support their ambitions. “
The taiwan aviation isn’t necessarily small, but it’s not huge like China, with so much widebody aircrafts piling up, I am wondering how they are able to fill all thoses seats, as Taiwan’s capital airport Taipei Taoyuan already has Eva Air and China Airlines both as their biggest hub operaters and are part of an airline alliance.
It is said the airline is trying to be the best airline in the world, with their first route between Taipei – Hong Kong flying on an A321neo, the busiest routes by pax number on earth.
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