Taiwan’s STARLUX marks launch with network expansion plans

Taiwanese startup STARLUX Airlines is adding a fourth destination to its network with service to Cebu in the Philippines.

Routes Online
Date: January 2020
By David Casey

Taiwanese startup STARLUX Airlines, described as a luxury boutique airline, will operate Taipei Taoyuan-Cebu service with an Airbus A321neo aircraft. Flights will be daily from April 6, 2020.

Cebu, the host of Routes Asia 2019, will become STARLUX’s fourth route, joining Taipei-Macau, Taipei-Penang and Taipei-Da Nang. According to OAG Schedules Analyser, from the w/c April 6, Cebu, Penang and Da Nang will all be 1x-daily, and Macau will be 3x-daily.

STARLUX has been founded by Chang Kuo-wei, a former chairman of EVA Air. It secured its air operator’s certificate (AOC) from the Taiwan Ministry of Transport and Communications in December ahead of its first commercial flight on Jan. 23.

The airline has three A321neos in its fleet with seven more leased from GE Capital Aviation Services due by the end of 2021. In addition, it has 12 A3501000s and five A350-900s on order.

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