STARLUX Orders Airbus A330neo & A350 Freighter

STARLUX has announced an order for the A330neo and the newly announced A350 Freighter to bolster its fleet long into the future.

On Day 2 of the 2024 Singapore Airshow, STARLUX announced plans to improve its fleet of aircraft by committing to more Airbus jets.

As part of the latest order, the airline secured additional Airbus A330neo aircraft, with three more set to join the fleet in the future.

However, the landmark purchase is a deal for five Airbus A350 Freighters. The newly launched freight endeavour by Airbus aimed at snatching market share away from Boeing, which has long dominated the sector.

All Airbus Fleet Continues

Since its conception, STARLUX has committed to only flying Airbus passenger planes, which are now among the youngest in the world.

Data indicates the airline has 21 aircraft in its fleet. However, the overall average age sits at a staggering 2.2 years of age. The oldest series is only the A321neo at 2.6 years when measured by active units.

The fleet includes the aforementioned A321neo, where 13 units remain in service, and 4 A330-900s from the Neo series to go alongside 4 A350-900s.

Looking ahead, a commitment to the A350 Freighter will allow for deployment across some of the world’s busiest cargo routes and fly with STARLUX Cargo.

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.

Benoît de Saint-Exupéry, Airbus EVP Sales, Commercial Aircraft.

The A330neo deal is considered hugely important in allowing STARLUX to continue with its ambition of having one of the youngest and most efficient passenger fleets worldwide. While only an incremental deal, it’ll still grow the fleet to seven and open up new possibilities for route connections.

The Airbus A350 Freighter

Airbus’ newly announced A350F received another commitment from another customer before it officially enters service.

Additionally, the company cements itself as a leading airline in the region and is now looking to bolster its cargo flying long into the future to diverse revenue streams.

Featuring the largest main cargo door in the industry, Airbus has also focused on optimising overall fuselage length with capacity for standard pallets and containers. Meanwhile, a 45-tonne lighter take-off weight is achieved through over 70% of the airframe made of advanced materials.

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.

Daniel Fowkes
22 Feb 2024
· Aircraft 
· Airlines 

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