StarLux Airlines is the latest entry into the Taiwan aviation industry which is headquartered in Taipei. The Airlines has now announced plans to operate its first flights from January 2020 and the tickets for these first flights will be available from December itself.
The Airline company is currently working on scheduling of their flight and the first three A321neo aircrafts that have been rented will be put in place before taking off on same day before the services launch in January. StarLux Airlines Chairman Chang Kuo-wei will pilot one of the A321 aircraft upon delivery who is also a former pilot and chairman at EVA Airways.
StarLux spokesman Nieh Kuo-wei, giving a statement to Central News Agency, said that the planned destinations will be located in Southeast Asia and probably Macau. The spokesman added that Tickets will become available in December as the airline obtains an air operator certificate or AOC issued by the Civil Aeronautics Administration.
StarLux says that they have recruited over 500 employees already which include 120 flight attendants. There are at least 27 pilots currently or to be trained in the U.S. this year and the report also adds that the company has begin the process of recruiting experienced pilots since May.
It is also reported that Starlux has struck a deal with Airbus in March for procurement of 17 A350 wide-body passenger planes which will be delivered between 2021 and 2024. This will be in addition to the 10 A321neo aircraft that are already on lease. StarLux will become the first airline from Taiwan to introduce A350-1000 which is a plane known for its quiet cabin and wider seats.