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Starlux Orders A350F Ahead of Release

Taiwan Carrier Reinforces Air Cargo Capacity at Singapore Air Show

Starlux Airlines signed off another firm order for 5 Airbus A350F freighters and 3 A330neos, making their deal at the recent Singapore Airshow.

The Taiwanese carrier has "continuously nurtured the cargo market since its inception, capitalizing on the strategic advantages offered by Taiwan's geographical location" according to Starlux CEO Glenn Chai. They currently operate an all-Airbus fleet, including A350-900s, A330neos, and A321neos. The new A350 freighter will be operated under the cargo operating arm, Starlux Cargo. 

The A350F is still in the oven for a while longer, promising a payload of 111 tonnes and a range of 4,700 nm at what Airbus promises is a "significantly lower cost than any other freighter available today".

“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. Additionally, the three new A330neos will strengthen our fleet advantage and provide greater flexibility for passenger operations.”

“We love working with STARLUX Airlines in building and strengthening its fleet,” said Benoît de Saint-Exupéry, Airbus EVP Sales, Commercial Aircraft. “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 unrivaled 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.”

FMI: www.starlux-airlines.com

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