STARLUX Airlines
星宇航空
STARLUX Airlines logo.svg
IATA ICAO Callsign
JX SJX STARWALKER
Founded2 May 2018; 4 years ago (2018-05-02)
Commenced operations23 January 2020; 2 years ago (2020-01-23)
AOC #SJX-01[1]
HubsTaoyuan International Airport
Frequent-flyer programCOSMILE
Fleet size11
Destinations13[2]
Headquarters15th Floor, Unit Number 382, Section 6, Nanjing East Road
Neihu District, Taipei, Taiwan 11470
Key peopleChang Kuo-wei (Chairman)
Glenn Chai (CEO)
Operating incomeDecrease -NT$4.04 billion (2021)
Total assetsNT$12.26 billion (2019)[1]
Total equityNT$4.58 billion (2019)[1]
Websitewww.starlux-airlines.com

STARLUX Airlines (Chinese: 星宇航空; pinyin: Xīngyǔ Hángkōng) is an international airline company headquartered in Taipei, Taiwan, and operated its first flight from Taipei to Macau on 23 January 2020.[3]

History

The company was registered in 2016 with the Taiwanese Ministry of Economic Affairs.[4] This was confirmed by Chang Kuo-wei on 30 November 2016, who was formerly the chairman of Taiwanese airline EVA Air.[5] The airline registered with the Taiwanese Civil Aeronautics Administration in the first half of 2017,[6] and it was planned, in late 2016, that the airline would commence operations in 2018.[7] The Taiwanese Ministry of Economic Affairs received the formal application for establishing the airline under the name Starlux Airlines on 22 May 2017.[8] In an interview in 2017, the airline was expected to start operations by the end of 2019,[9] though in January 2019, Chang stated that Starlux Airlines would launch in January 2020.[10]

In March 2019, the airline's chairman Chang Kuo-wei signed an order for 17 Airbus A350 XWB aircraft, which was also the country's largest single Airbus purchase agreement.[4] In September 2019, the airline announced the first destinations to be launched, consisting of Da Nang, Macau, and Penang to begin on 23 January 2020.[11] On 25 October 2019, the airline's first aircraft, an Airbus A321neo, was delivered from Hamburg, Germany, before the plane arrived at the airline's hub at Taoyuan International Airport on 29 October after making stops in Dubai and Bangkok.[12] On 10 December 2019, Starlux received its air operator's certificate (AOC) from the Taiwanese Civil Aeronautics Administration, followed by the formal opening of reservations on 16 December 2019 for the start of services the following month.[13][14]

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic and its impacts on aviation, which began to occur within months of the airline's inauguration, Starlux announced the suspension of most of its services except to Da Nang.[15] Subsequently, in March 2020 the airline suspended all of its operations until 2 June 2020,[16] after which the airline resumed its three-weekly services to Macau.[17] Before the airline resumed service, it received clearance in May 2020 to begin services to Naha as its first destination in Japan, with a start date no earlier than 1 July, however the airline said that the timeline for Naha's service inauguration was dependent on the pandemic's developments.[18] Subsequently, due to the pandemic, the airline additionally delayed the launch of its Cebu services twice, and indefinitely postponed the launch of its services to Naha.[18]

Since the start of Covid-19 pandemic till Q1 2022, the airline has make a staggering cumulative operating loss of NT$8.15 billion, with NT$3.91 billion in financial year 2020, NT$4.04 billion in financial year 2021 and another NT$0.2 billion in Q1 2022.

Destinations

Starlux Airlines operates or has operated to the following destinations as of July 2022:

Country/Region City Airport Notes Ref
Japan Fukuoka Fukuoka Airport [19]
Naha Naha Airport
Osaka Kansai International Airport [2][20]
Tokyo Narita International Airport [2][20]
Macau Macau Macau International Airport [2][21][22]
Malaysia Kuala Lumpur Kuala Lumpur International Airport [2][23][24]
Penang Penang International Airport [2][25][21][22]
Philippines Manila Ninoy Aquino International Airport [2][26]
Singapore Singapore Changi Airport [2][27][28][29]
Taiwan Taipei Taiwan Taoyuan International Airport Hub [25]
Thailand Bangkok Suvarnabhumi Airport [2][20]
Vietnam Da Nang Da Nang International Airport [2][25][21]
Ho Chi Minh City Tan Son Nhat International Airport [30]

Fleet

Starlux's first aircraft, B-58201, an Airbus A321neo, landing in Taipei Songshan Airport
Starlux's first aircraft, B-58201, an Airbus A321neo, landing in Taipei Songshan Airport

As of July 2022, Starlux Airlines operates an all-Airbus fleet consisting of the following aircraft:[31]

Starlux Airlines fleet
Aircraft In service Orders Passengers Notes References
F B E+ E Total
Airbus A321neo 9 4 8 180 188 All leased from GECAS
Equipped with Airbus Cabin Flex (ACF) Configuration.
[32][25][33][34]
Airbus A330-900 2 6 28 269 297 All leased from Air Lease Corporation. [34][35][36]
Airbus A350-900 10 TBA 9 ordered directly from Airbus.
One leased from Air Lease Corporation.
Deliveries to commence in Q2 2022.
[37][38][34][39]
Airbus A350-1000 8 TBA Deliveries to commence in Q2 2022.
Total 11 28

Fleet development

In March 2019, Starlux announced it would start operations with 17 Airbus aircraft, consisting of 5 Airbus A350-900s and 12 Airbus A350-1000s for routes to Europe & North America as well as selected Asian destinations. The airline later planned to add 10 Airbus A321neos to its fleet to serve their Asian routes.[40] In November 2019, Starlux decided to swap four Airbus A350-1000 orders to four A350-900s. Hence, since the start of 2020, the orders stands at 9 A350-900s and 8 A350-1000s.[38]

Starlux had also considered the addition of the Airbus A330neo to its fleet.[41] This was followed by the airline placing an order for 8 Airbus A330-900s, alongside three additional A321neos and one leased A350-900 to its order backlog on 10 September 2020.[34] Starlux also announced during September 2020 that its Airbus A350s would feature a first class cabin.[42]

As part of the plans, Starlux would become the first Taiwanese airline to fly the Airbus A321neo, Airbus A330-900, and Airbus A350-1000.[12][43][34]

Cabins and services

In-flight entertainment

In-flight entertainment (IFE) is provided through seatback touchscreen systems, which are equipped with a USB power port and contain a selection of audio and video on demand (AVOD), as well as a live position mapping system. Starlux commissioned smooth jazz guitarist Peter White to provide a soundtrack for the entertainment system, which was commercially released on 29 November 2019 as Music for STARLUX Airlines.[44] The airline also offers in-flight internet access through satellite Wi-Fi.[45]

Business class

Starlux's Airbus A321neo business class cabin configuration.
Starlux's Airbus A321neo business class cabin configuration.

The business class cabin has eight Collins Diamond seats in a 2-2 configuration on the Airbus A321neo. The seats are 20.19 inches (51.3 cm) wide and can be converted into a 82 in (210 cm) fully flat bed, featuring a 15.6 in (40 cm) IFE touchscreen. Wi-Fi internet access, meals, refreshments, and amenities including noise-cancelling headphones and blankets are provided complimentary to all business class passengers.[45][46]

For the A330-900 business cabin, the seats are configured in a 1-2-1 seating layout, which equipped with a 17.3 in (44 cm) 4K IFE touchscreen.[36]

Economy class

Starlux's Airbus A321neo economy class cabin configuration.
Starlux's Airbus A321neo economy class cabin configuration.

The economy class cabin has 180 seats in a 3-3 configuration on the Airbus A321neo. The seats are 18.36 inches (46.6 cm) wide, each with a 10.1 in (26 cm) IFE touchscreen and fitted with a leather headrest. Meals and some amenities such as pillows and headsets are provided complimentary, while Wi-Fi internet access only strong enough for in-flight messaging is freely available to all economy class passengers, with increased bandwidth and faster connection speeds available for an additional fee.[45][46]

See also

References

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