TAIPEI (The China Post) — Starlux Airlines (星宇航空), the startup airline from Taiwan, has recently passed its 50-hour flight test, meaning that the Civil Aeronautics Administration (CAA) will fill on a request for the air operator certificate (AOC) to the transportation ministry next week, local media reported on Thursday.
The airlines can start selling tickets to the public once it obtains an AOC from the Ministry of Transportation and Communication (MOTC). The company plans to begin operation on Jan. 23, 2020, with flights to Macau, Da Nang in Vietnam and Penang in Malaysia.
The aforementioned test involved 50 hours of flight and round trips to the three airlines’ initial destinations, according to the Central News Agency.
Spokesperson Nieh Kuo-wei (聶國維) said Starlux will allow travel agencies to start selling group tickets as soon as AOC is issued, while tickets for individual travelers will be released online at a later date.
Nieh added that they still have to apply for codes with the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) and with the International Air Transport Association (IATA).
Starlux reportedly signed contracts with Airbus to buy 17 A350Neo jets and to lease 10 A321Neo planes.
Last month, the airline’s founder and chairman Chang Kuo-wei (張國煒) flew the company’s first A350 aircraft back to Taiwan personally, which sparked heated discussion in Taiwan society.