Taiwanese start-up airline Starlux today placed an order with Airbus for 17 A350XWBs at the Farnborough International Airshow.
The order includes 12 A350-1000s and five A350-900s and they are scheduled to be delivered in late 2021. The carrier is set to launch in 2020 and will start with routes in Asia from Taipei and will use the A350 to launch services to other international markets like North America.
Starlux is founded by former EVA Air chairman Chang Kuo-wei and will intiitally start with 10 A321neo aircraft from third party lessors by the end of the year
Airbus chief commercial officer, Eric Schulz said the widebody market was showing signs of a pick-up after a lull and it was a long-term market.
He added: “I see the widebody market picking up within the next 18 months to two years. Everything is in place. I think now I see the future where the widebody will pick up in the next six months or a year as I see the first signs of this market accelerating.”