Starlux Introduces First A330neo

New Taiwanese carrier Starlux Airlines has taken delivery of its first A330neo, making it the first airline in Taiwan to take delivery of an A330neo.

The airline has spent much time evaluating and discussing the selection of the optimal mid-range aircraft to augment its current line A321neos and A350 XWBs, expanding the range of the fleet to full strength, covering short, mid, and long-range flights. The efficiency of the A330neo brings together enhanced technologies and highly efficient Rolls-Royce Trent 7000 engines, and with the addition of the A330neo, Starlux can deploy its fleet more flexibly and provide its service to more passengers over regional routes.

Starlux’s A330neo features a spacious layout with 297 seats, including 28 in business class and 269 in economy class. The A330neo is equipped with an Airbus Airspace cabin, designed to customize and maximize all available space and provide added comfort and ambience. The overhead storage of the A330neo is 66% larger, ensuring that passengers have enough space to stow their luggage, while the state-of-the-art LED lighting can switch between different scenarios to set the right ambience throughout all phases of a flight and even reduce jetlag.

The cabin interior has once again been designed by BMW Designworks to evoke the ambience of “Home in the Air“. The Pure Tea colour theme, featuring natural colours, the warm fabric and leather, along with the ceiling panel with Polaris glowing gently overhead, combine to create a relaxing atmosphere.

Business class passengers will now 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. Each passenger has a side cubby for storing personal belongings like water bottles and headphones, and a mirror is mounted on the cubby door. A reading light with three different brightness levels and a wireless charger is available in every seat to provide the utmost convenience and comfort during the flight.

New Taiwanese carrier Starlux Airlines has taken delivery of its first A330neo, making it the first airline in Taiwan to take delivery of an A330neo.

Starlux has not compromised the comfort of economy-class passengers either. The luxurious Recaro seats in the economy cabin offer ultra-thin seatbacks to increase legroom and are equipped with high-quality leather headrests. The headrest can be adjusted in six ways to provide head and neck support for various postures. Passengers can slide their headrest up or down six inches while unfolding the side cushions to an angle that best suits them. Each seat has been installed with a tablet holder and a cup holder to ensure that passengers do not have to worry about spilling their drinks or have to tuck cups sloppily in the seat pockets.

The A330neo inflight entertainment system has also been greatly upgraded. In business class, every seat is equipped with a 17.3-inch 4K screen, while passengers in economy class can also enjoy 4K resolution with a 13.3-inch screen. Bluetooth audio connectivity is now available for passengers to use their own headphones onboard.

Starlux intends to lease eight A330neos, which will gradually fly additional routes to major cities within the Asia-Pacific region including Macau, Ho Chi Minh City, Singapore, Bangkok and Tokyo.

The Starlux fleet is now entering the beginning of a full upgrade. Not only has the first A330neo arrived, but the delivery of eighteen A350 XWBs will also start in the third quarter this year. Through the strategic deployment of its A321neos, A330neos and A350 XWBs to routes of varying distances, Starlux will be able to extend its network with utmost efficiency and to provide convenient and luxurious service from Taiwan to more and more destinations.

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