Starlux sets February 2022 for first Airbus A330neo delivery

The Taiwanese airline's A330neo jets will cover premium routes across south-east Asia.

By David Flynn, September 22 2021
Starlux sets February 2022 for first Airbus A330neo delivery

Starlux Airlines expects to take delivery of its first Airbus A330neo jet in February 2022, following its 'maiden flight' by Airbus in December 2021.

The Taiwanese start-up, which launched only in January 2020 against incumbents China Airlines and EVA Air, plans for its eight next-gen A330neo aircraft to blanket premium routes across south-east Asia.

As previously reported, this could include the Taipei-Singapore route, which Starlux begins flying this week with its nimble Airbus A321neo.

The twin-aisle A330neo jets will complement the single-aisle A321neo fleet, while the larger Airbus A350s will eventually spread their wings to North America.

Starlux will bring on A330neo and A350 jets across 2022.
Starlux will bring on A330neo and A350 jets across 2022.

A spokesman for Starlux Airlines confirmed the February 2022 date to Executive Traveller, and advised that the A330neo jets would arrive in a two-class configuration of business and economy, without a premium economy cabin.

The economy seat will be Recaro's CL3710, shown below.

Starlux' Airbus A330neo economy seat, by Recaro.
Starlux' Airbus A330neo economy seat, by Recaro.

The seat includes a fold-down shelf for items such as reading glasses and smartphones, a six-way adjustable headrest with neck support, and an integrated screen up to 13". 

Some of the creature comforts in Recaro's CL 3710 seat, chosen by Starlux for its A330neo economy cabin.
Some of the creature comforts in Recaro's CL 3710 seat, chosen by Starlux for its A330neo economy cabin.

As for Starlux' A330neo business class, that's yet to be revealed – although the seat is believed not to be from Recaro's catalogue, and is tipped to be identical between the A330neo and the A350.

The 18 Airbus A350s – an order split between the A350-900 and A350-1000 – will also boast a compact first class cabin, although this could be more of a ‘business plus’ design which makes the most of the extra legroom and privacy available at the front row of the cabin.

As the Taiwanese startup spreads its wings, it could even join the Oneworld alliance to strengthen its position against Star Alliance rivals EVA Air and Singapore Airlines, and SkyTeam member China Airlines.

"We are a new airline in the beginning stages of development, so it is still too early for us to join an alliance," Starlux' Chief Communications Officer KW Nieh tells Executive Traveller.

"However, once we have reached a certain level of growth, we will certainly become a member of an alliance to provide more convenience to our passengers."

Also read: Could Starlux join the Oneworld alliance?

David

David Flynn is the Editor-in-Chief of Executive Traveller and a bit of a travel tragic with a weakness for good coffee, shopping and lychee martinis.

19 Jun 2018

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Why is the StarLux A330neo economy class seats pictured in a group of 3? Hope it is not an indication of an ominous 3-3-3 seating configuration ala LCC Lion Air and Cebu Pacific. 😱

24 Oct 2010

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This pic was supplied by Recaro and is more a standard 'catalogue' pic of the seat – it doesn't necessarily reflect Starlux's actual A33neo economy layout. A quick survey of A330neo seatmaps shows 2-4-2 to be the common layout for 'full service' airlines, so that's likely to be the case with Starlux too.

20 Oct 2015

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I think last year Starlux said it would even consider A330neo flights between Taiwan and Australia, would really like to see that, although I would of course rather see Qantas add flights to Taipei as they've suggested could happen a few times.

I hope Starlux has deep deep pockets because it's going to need them, not just launching an airline in Asia and reliant on inter-Asian routes and an Asian-based network at a time like this, but of course China Airlines and EVA are not going to sit on their hands while a new player steals their own passengers and reduces their market share. Starlux did all its business planning, budget forecasts etc well before COVID, it had NO idea this could happen, even when Starlux made its inaugural flight in January 2020 this thing was just starting to be reported out of Wuhan, it didn't even have a name at that point, just some mystery flu. So I hope Starlux can hang on until it gets those A350s and really swings into gear, but I have my doubts. This whole 'boutique airline' model was built around very very different times.


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