TAIPEI (CNA) — Taiwanese startup carrier Starlux Airlines is considering adding wide-body Airbus A330 aircraft to its fleet to fly between Taiwan and capital cities in Asia where demand is strong, airline spokesman Nieh Kuo-wei (聶國維) said Sunday.
The airline is still evaluating which model of the Airbus A330 and how many of the jets it will procure, Nieh said, with a final decision expected in the middle of next year.
StarLux is scheduled to start commercial service to three Asian destinations — Macau, Danang in Vietnam and Penang in Malaysia — on Jan. 23, 2020, using single-aisle Airbus A321neo aircraft.
Of the 10 A321neo, it leased to get the airline going, one arrived in Taiwan in October, a second is scheduled to arrive in December and a third will be delivered in January.
The remaining seven aircraft will be delivered by 2021, according to Nieh.
StarLux also ordered 17 wide-body A350 aircraft (12 A350-1000s and five A350-900s) earlier this year, in the biggest single commercial plane purchase from Airbus ever made by a Taiwanese carrier.
The A350s are scheduled to be delivered from late 2021 to 2024.
With the arrival of the A350s, the airline will expand its network to North American destinations in 2022, targeting travelers in the United States for trips to Taiwan and to Southeast Asia through Taiwan.
That longer-term transit strategy explains the airline’s initial emphasis on Southeast Asian rather than Northeast Asian destinations.