Starlux Airlines orders 17 A350s for long-haul services
19 March 2019
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.
“We are very glad to sign the official purchase agreement today for Airbus wide-bodies. The A350’s combination of extra-long range capability, significantly lower operating costs and high passenger comfort were key factors in our decision,” K.W. Chang, founder and chairman of Starlux Airlines said. “Starlux is committed to becoming one of the best airlines in the world. We are positive that with the A350 XWB, we will be able to spread our wings to further destinations, bringing our best-in-class services to more people over the world in the near future.”
“What K. W. and Starlux are proving is that when you start from a clean sheet, you make no compromises. Every Starlux A350-1000 takes off 45 tonnes lighter than its alternative. Imagine the savings! And will fly up to 1,000 more miles than the alternative, enabling the airline to serve US-East Coast destinations nonstop. Imagine the extra market & revenue,” said Christian Scherer, Airbus chief commercial officer. “Both the A350-1000 and A350-900 offer true long range capability, greater passenger comfort, yet all the economic benefits of fleet commonality. We salute Starlux’s strategic choice with gratitude and we will be there to support their legitimate ambition.”
At the end of February 2019, the A350 XWB Family had received 852 firm orders from 48 customers worldwide.