AviationStart-up Starlux Airlines has big ambitions

Luxury carrier to connect Taiwan with Macau, Da Nang and Penang

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Starlux Airlines starts flying the skies in January 2020, with Macau an early destination.
Starlux Airlines starts flying the skies in January 2020, with Macau an early destination.

Flying between Taiwan and Macau just became more pleasant thanks to Starlux Airlines, the Taiwan based start-up established by former EVA Airways chairman Chang Ko-wei.

The rose gold and iron grey liveried planes will be taking off from Taipei and arriving in Macau for the first time on January 23, 2020.

Alongside Macau, the first group of destinations it will fly are anticipated to be Da Nang in Vietnam and Penang in Malaysia.

The first flights will launch just ahead of the Chinese New Year (January 25-27).

Starting out with a lease of 10 A321neos, the airline has a shopping list of 17 A350XWBs, which will allow it to add Europe and the Americas to its destinations, in theory, by 2022.

In the meantime, Asian destinations Bangkok and Cebu are being applied for.

The new luxury brand will be the newest carrier to fly passengers between Taiwan and Macau, with Air Macau, EVA Air and Tigerair Taiwan as its three competitors.

The three currently offer more than 12 two-way flights a day between the two cities.

Starlux tickets will be available approximately a month before the maiden flight.


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