Taiwan-based STARLUX Airlines has inked an Memorandum of Understanding with Airbus for the purchase of 17 A350 XWB aircraft. Consisting of 12 A350-1000s and five A350-900s, the deal would position the A350 XWB to serve as STARLUX’s main aircraft of choice for its future long-haul fleet.
Announced during the 2018 Farnborough International Airshow, the agreement was signed between Chang Kuo-wei, founder and chairman of STARLUX Airlines and Eric Schulz, Airbus chief commercial officer.
The announcement is the latest in airline’s purchases of Airbus aircraft. Earlier in 2018, STARLUX sought out the aircraft manufacturer for a solution to its regional single aisle fleet, which it then finalised a plan to lease 10 A321neo aircraft from third party lessors by the end of the year.
Serving as a new full-service airline based in Taipei, the carrier is set to develop an extensive network across Asia and establish long-haul services to North America. Aiming to launch regional operations in the early goings of 2020, STARLUX is expected to unveil its long-haul services by 2022.
By the end of June 2018, Airbus has reported 882 firm orders for the A350 XWB from 46 customers worldwide. More than 180 A350 XWBs have been delivered to 19 airlines worldwide to date.