First StarLux A321neo jet lands at Taoyuan airport

TAIPEI (The China Post) — The first aircraft of Taiwan startup StarLux Airlines, an Airbus A321neo jet (B-58201), and its crew landed at Taoyuan International Airport on Monday morning, after a smooth flight.

Chang Kuo-wei (張國煒), founder and chairman of StarLux Airline, went to Hamburg, Germany, a few days earlier to receive the delivery of the narrow-body airliners produced by Airbus. He flew the plane back to Taiwan personally and landed at Taiwan Taoyuan International Airport at 11:20 a.m.

Chang said the flight went smoothly after taking off from Hamburg. The crew took a 24-hour rest in Dubai, refueled the aircraft in Bangkok, and arrived in Taiwan after a 50-hour-long journey.

StarLux Airline Chairman Chang Kuo-wei landed the company's first aircraft in Taiwan at Taoyuan International Airport on Monday morning. (Starlux Airlines/Facebook)
StarLux Airline Chairman Chang Kuo-wei landed the company’s first aircraft in Taiwan at Taoyuan International Airport on Monday morning. (Starlux Airlines/Facebook)

StarLux will begin operation on Jan. 23, 2020 with flights to Macau, Da Nang in Vietnam and Penang in Malaysia, Chang said.

The airline has ordered up to ten A321neo jets that will be delivered over the next few months and years. Chang said the company will also introduce an A350 aircraft in 2021 while further expanding its services.

Asked about the new plane, Chang said the aircraft is very well equipped, adding that the Airbus A321neo jet boasts entertainment systems and WiFi services that are the top of their class in Taiwan.

By Carol Kan