Taiwan-based Starlux Airlines is adding a third Airbus aircraft type to its fleet: the Airbus A330neo.
According to reports from the Apple Daily and travel blog One Mile at a Time, the startup airline plans to lease 8 Airbus A330-900neos from US-based Air Lease Corporation. The aircraft is expected to be delivered around the 4th quarter of 2021.
The decision to lease the A330neos was confirmed in a tweet by Airbus on September 12.
In addition to A330neos, Starlux will also shift the delivery of the first of 17 ordered Airbus A350-900s to 2022. It will add another A350-900 bringing the total deliveries expected of the jets to 18 (10 A350-900s and 8 A350-1000s).
Starlux also plans to lease 3 additional A321neos, bringing the total number of the narrowbody jets the aircraft has on order and currently in operation with the airline from 10 to 13.
With the three Airbus aircraft types, the planned Starlux fleet when all orders are delivered will be around 39 aircraft.
Founded by former EVA Air chairman Chang Kuo-wei, Starlux started flights in January to Macau, Da Nang, and Penang. Services were suspended amid rising cases of COVID-19 in Asia, though recently services have since been resumed to Macau and Penang.
Planned service launches to Cebu and Okinawa currently remain delayed with no set date announced.