Taiwan’s new startup StarLux, signed firm orders for new Airbus A350’s yesterday.
The deal included 5 A350-900s and 12 A350-1000s with 10 options, which are scheduled to be delivered from late 2021.
StarLux, founded in May 2018 by Taiwan’s EVA Airways ex-chairman, Chang Kuo-wei, is set to operate regular international flights starting in 2020. “The aircraft purchase is one of the largest in Taiwan. We promise to all that we will use the latest equipment”, Chang said at the signing ceremony in Taipei.
According to Airbus list prices it is worth nearly $6 billion, though aircraft manufacturers usually offer discounts on large orders.
StarLux has also leased ten Airbus A321neo’s, set to be delivered from October, which will fly its launch routes from Taipei to Southeast and Northeast Asia.
StarLux aims to serve over 20 destinations in Asia and North America by the end of 2024 with a fleet of 27 aircraft, and it will be the first airline in Taiwan to fly the A350-1000.
In 2015 EVA signed a deal worth more than $6 billion for 26 Boeing jetliners while Chang was chairman, making it the biggest ever single commercial plane purchase in Taiwan.