STARLUX Airlines, a new startup airline company in Taiwan, signed a memorandum of understanding (MOU) with Airbus on the opening day of Farnborough International Airshow 2018 to purchase 17 A350XWBs.
The order includes 12 A350-1000s and five A350-900s, which are scheduled to be delivered to STARLUX beginning in late 2021. The agreement was announced by K.W. Chang, founder and Chairman of STARLUX Airlines, Glenn Chai, President of STARLUX and Eric Schulz, Chief Commercial Officer Airbus.
“As a pilot myself, I personally experienced the test-flight of the A350-1000,” said Chang. “Its outstanding performance really amazed me. The A350XWB is indeed one-of-a-kind in the current market, and perfectly suited for such a geographic location as Taiwan.”
Along with the 10 A321neos STARLUX has confirmed leasing, STARLUX will be operating an all-Airbus fleet at its initial launch. At the same time, it will also be the first airline in Taiwan flying the A350-1000.
Among the 17 A350XWBs STARLUX included in this most recent order, five A350-900s equipped with Rolls-Royce Trent XWB84 engines will be delivered beginning in late 2021. Powered by Rolls-Royce Trent XWB97 engines, the 12 A350-1000s will begin to join STARLUX’s fleet in the third quarter of 2022. The 17 A350XWBs will be deployed on STARLUX’s future transpacific routes.
STARLUX has also signed an agreement with CFM International for the purchase of LEAP-1A spare engines to support the fleet of leased 10 A321neo airplanes. The airline also signed a 12-year Rate per Flight Hour (RPFH) agreement with CFM Services that covers all LEAP-1A engines powering the 10 A321neos.
The carrier’s fleet is expected to include up to 27 aircraft by the end of 2024 to serve over 20 destinations in Asia and North America.
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