STARLUX has taken delivery of its first A350 aircraft, becoming the latest operator of the world’s newest wide-angle aircraft. The aircraft is the first of 18 A350-900s to join the fleet and will fly alongside the airline’s A330neo and A321neo in the Airbus-only fleet.
STARLUX has specified a luxurious four-class layout for its A350, which includes four suites in First Class, 26 seats in Business Class, 36 in Premium Economy and 240 in Economy. The Airspace cabin on board the A350 features the latest developments in cabin configuration, resulting in a larger space that offers more comfort and personal space in every class. The A350 cabin is also the quietest of any aircraft flying today.
In addition, the aircraft is equipped with the latest in-flight entertainment systems and full connectivity. STARLUX will benefit from the highest level of operational efficiency offered by the A350, with a 25% reduction in fuel consumption and carbon emissions compared to older generation aircraft in the same size category.
“This delivery is a milestone for STARLUX Airlines. The A350-900 is our first large widebody aircraft which will allow STARLUX to open up markets for longer routes and it also marks the next step for our partnership with Airbus as there will be 17 more A350 deliveries in the future .With the addition of the A350-900, the STARLUX fleet can now cover short, medium and long-haul flights and serve passengers outside of Asia,” said Glenn Chai, CEO of STARLUX Airlines.
Christian Scherer, Airbus Chief Commercial Officer and Head of Airbus International, added: “With the all-new generation fleet exclusively for Airbus, STARLUX is introducing a new level of comfort and efficiency in the premium long-haul market. Passengers will enjoy a seamless travel experience thanks to the attractive design of the Airbus Airspace cabin. Together, the A350, A330neo and A321neo aircraft perfectly leverage all the advantages of Airbus’ unique joint fleet, reducing operating costs while providing all the flexibility to match capacity demand.”
STARLUX’s A350 fleet will begin operations in the Asia-Pacific region before moving to trans-Pacific routes.
Globally, the A350 has registered a total of more than 900 firm orders from more than 50 customers, of which nearly 500 have been delivered.