Tickets for 1st flights to StarLux destinations sell out in 11 minutes

On Friday, the new carrier announced its ticket sale schedule after it obtained approval Dec. 10 for its operations from the Ministry of Transportation and Communications. (NOWnews)

TAIPEI (CNA) — StarLux Airlines Co. Ltd., a newly established Taiwan-based international carrier, said Monday that tickets for its first flights to three destinations sold out in just 11 minutes that day.

StarLux, which will start services Jan. 23 to Macau, Penang in Malaysia and Da Nang in Vietnam, put the tickets up for sale at 11 a.m. Monday.

StarLux spokesman Nieh Kuo-wei (聶國維) told reporters that tickets for the first flight to Macau sold out in six minutes, nine minutes for Da Nang and 11 minutes for Penang.

The carrier will use the Airbus A321neos, each of which has eight seats in the business class and 180 in the economy class for the flights to the three destinations.

StarLux will offer three round trip flights to Macau per day, two to Da Nang and one to Penang.

The carrier said the tickets of the second flight to Macau was also sold out Monday.

On Friday, the new carrier announced its ticket sale schedule after it obtained approval Dec. 10 for its operations from the Ministry of Transportation and Communications.

In addition to the ticketing information, StarLux also announced its mileage program, called Cosmile, which started to sign up members that same day, the airline said, adding that based on mileage, the program will include four classes of members: Traveler, Adventurer, Explorer and Insighter.

Under Cosmile, passengers will be able to purchase family accounts, the first kind of membership among carriers based in Taiwan, StarLux said.

The airline was founded in May 2018 by Chang Kuo-wei (張國煒), a former chairman of EVA Airways, one of Taiwan’s two leading international carriers.

StarLux has said it will focus on routes within Asia in the initial stage of its operations but will expand its network to North American destinations from 2022, boasting that it will provide quality services to travelers.

According to the carrier, its second A321neo will be delivered in late December after the delivery of the first one in October, with delivery of a third scheduled for mid-January.

Delivery of a total of 10 of the aircraft will be completed by 2021.

The carrier is planning to build up a fleet of 27 aircraft comprising the 10 A321neo planes and 17 wide-body A350s.

Delivery of the 17 A350s will start at the end of 2021 and is scheduled to be completed by 2024.

StarLux said the A350s will be used on long-haul flights to North America.