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STARLUX Orders 5 New Airbus A350F More A330neo

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STARLUX Airlines Bolsters Fleet with Airbus A350F Freighters and A330neo Aircraft

Taiwan’s STARLUX Airlines has taken a significant step to expand its fleet by signing a firm order for five advanced A350F freighters and an additional three A330neo widebody aircraft. This notable agreement occurred at the Singapore Airshow, where STARLUX Airlines Chairman KW Chang and Airbus Commercial Aircraft CEO Christian Scherer solidified the deal.

Aerial view of Taipei cityscape with STARLUX Airbus Aircraft flying overhead. Rendering by Airbus.
Aerial view of Taipei cityscape with STARLUX Airbus Aircraft flying overhead. Rendering by Airbus.

The acquisition of these new planes signals STARLUX Airlines’ commitment to modernizing its operations and enhancing its cargo and passenger transport capabilities.

“STARLUX Airlines has continuously nurtured the cargo market since its inception, capitalizing on the strategic advantages offered by Taiwan’s geographical location,” said STARLUX CEO Glenn Chai.

“With this order, STARLUX will become the first Taiwanese airline to operate the next-generation A350F widebody freighter. In an era of climate change, the A350F has unbeatable efficiency in terms of fuel burn, CO2 emissions, and economics, offering significant energy-saving and carbon reduction benefits. It not only meets customer requirements for carbon reduction but also aligns with STARLUX’s ESG plan to achieve zero emissions by 2050. Additionally, the three new A330neos will strengthen our fleet advantage and provide greater flexibility for passenger operations.”

“We love working with STARLUX Airlines in building and strengthening its fleet,” said Benoît de Saint-Exupéry, Airbus EVP Sales, Commercial Aircraft. “Operating both the latest generation Airbus single aisle and widebody aircraft brings the airline enormous benefits. It significantly reduces fuel consumption and carbon emission and offers unrivalled levels of technical commonality, benefits in maintenance and training. The A350F, the only new generation large freighter, will fit seamlessly into this all-Airbus fleet and enable STARLUX Airlines to compete effectively with the leading players in key cargo markets.”

A350F Will Serve World’s Most Frequented Cargo Routes

STARLUX Airlines is expanding its all-Airbus fleet to include the new A350F. It will join the airline’s A350-900, A330neo, and A321neo passenger planes. STARLUX Cargo will put the A350F to work on the world’s most frequented cargo routes. The A350F, still in development, can carry a hefty payload of 111 tonnes. Its impressive range covers 4,700 nautical miles or 8,700 kilometers. It also operates at a significantly lower cost than other current freighters.

The A350F is powered by Rolls-Royce Trent-XWB97 engines. They enable a 40% drop in fuel use and carbon emissions compared to the older 747F. It’s also at least 20% more fuel-efficient than its closest competitor. With the industry’s largest main deck cargo door, the A350F is designed to maximize space for standard pallets and containers. The use of advanced materials accounts for a 46-tonne lighter take-off weight than competing freighters. As the only freighter fully compliant with the impending ICAO CO₂ emissions standards effective in 2027, the A350F represents the future of sustainable cargo flights.

STARLUX A330neo Will Offer Luxurious Two-Class Cabin

STARLUX’s commitment to modernizing continues with the addition of three more A330neo aircraft, growing their fleet from four to seven. This move reinforces the airline’s status as one of the most up-to-date and efficient fleets in the sky, with an ongoing dedication to passenger comfort. The new A330neo planes will offer a luxurious two-class cabin, with 28 seats in business class and 269 in economy.

Airbus wide-body jets are the go-to choice for airlines throughout Asia-Pacific, with nearly 900 already flying and another 190 set for delivery. The newest A350 Family has attracted over 1,200 orders from 57 customers globally, which includes 50 A350Fs from nine major cargo operators. In the mid-size segment, the A330neo Family is gaining traction, with nearly 300 confirmed orders from 28 customers.


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