STARLUX Airlines is taking delivery of its first A330neo B-58301 today in Toulouse, France.
Company chairman K.W. Chang said, “I am delighted to welcome our first A330neo, as it marks a key milestone in our growth. With the addition of the A330neo, STARLUX can deploy our fleet more flexibly and provide our service to more passengers over regional routes.”
“We are excited to work closely with STARLUX to build their new fleet,” said Christian Scherer, Airbus Chief Commercial Officer. “Together the A321neo, A330neo and A350 will enable the carrier to benefit from the unique technical commonality and efficiency offered by our latest generation aircraft.”
Ewen McDonald, Chief Customer Officer, Rolls-Royce Civil Aerospace, said: “We are proud to power STARLUX’s first widebody aircraft, the Trent 7000 powered A330neo. We appreciate the trust STARLUX has placed in us and are committed to supporting them in operating this excellent aircraft, to bring sustainability, efficiency and connectivity across their network.”
STARLUX intends to lease eight A330neos. Registration B-58301 is the first of these and will be put into service after the approval process and required crew training is completed in May. Three more will be added to the fleet this year. The A330neos will gradually fly additional routes to major cities within the Asia-Pacific region including Macau, Ho Chi Minh City, Singapore, Bangkok and Tokyo.
STARLUX’s A330neo features 297 seats, including 28 in business class and 269 in economy class. The A330neo is equipped with an Airbus Airspace cabin. The overhead storage of the STARLUX A330neo is 66% larger, ensuring that passengers have enough space to stow their luggage.
According to STARLUX, the cabin interior is designed by BMW Designworks to evoke the ambience of “Home in the Air.” The “Pure Tea” color theme featuring natural colors, the warm fabric and leather, along with the ceiling panel with Polaris glowing gently overhead combine to create a most relaxing atmosphere.
Business class passengers will be able to enjoy more privacy. The 1-2-1 seating layout allows every passenger to have his or her own private entrance into their seat. Luxuriously covered with a cashmere silver back shell and enlarged privacy dividers, each seat can fold down into a fully flatbed.
STARLUX expects to take delivery of the first of eighteen A350 XWBs on order in the third quarter this year.