Starlux Airlines of Taiwan has signed a firm
order with Airbus for 17 widebody aircraft, comprising 12
A350-1000s and five A350-900s.
The new airline plans to deploy
these aircraft on its premier long-haul services from Taipei to
Europe and North America, as well as selected destinations within
the Asia-Pacific region.
“We are very glad to sign the official
purchase agreement for Airbus widebodies. The A350’s combination
of extra-long-range capability, significantly lower
operating costs and high passenger comfort were key factors in our
decision,” K.W. Chang, Founder and Chairman of Starlux Airlines
said. “Starlux is committed to becoming one of the best airlines
in the world. We are positive that with the A350 XWB, we will be
able to spread our wings to further destinations, bringing our
best-in-class services to more people over the world in the near
XWB can seat between 300-400+ and powered by Rolls-Royce engines
has a maximum range of 9,700
nm, depening on model.
"What K. W. and Starlux are proving is that when you
start from a clean sheet, you make no compromises. Every Starlux
A350-1000 takes off 45 tonnes lighter than its alternative.
Imagine the savings! And will fly up to 1,000 more miles than the
alternative, enabling Starlux to serve U.S. East Coast
destinations nonstop! Imagine the extra market and revenue!” said
Christian Scherer, Airbus Chief Commercial Officer. “Both the
A350-1000 and A350-900 offer true long-range capability, greater
passenger comfort, yet all the economic benefits of fleet
commonality. We salute Starlux's strategic choice with gratitude
and we will be there to support their legitimate ambition."
At the end of February 2019, the A350 XWB Family
had received 852 firm orders from 48 customers worldwide.
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