Top News Starlux takes delivery of first A330neo By TTG Asia / Posted on 21 February, 2022 9:23 Taipei-headquartered Starlux Airlines has taken delivery of its first A330neo B-58301 in France – the first of eight that will be leased as the airline expands its fleet. The aircraft will be put into service after the approval process and required crew training is completed in May. Three more will be added to the fleet this year, and they will operate additional routes to major cities within Asia-Pacific, including Macau, Ho Chi Minh City, Singapore, Bangkok and Tokyo. Starlux will take three more A330neo this year, which will operate additional routes to Asia-Pacific cities Starlux’s A330neo features 297 seats – 28 in business class and 269 in economy class, a larger overhead storage, and state-of-the-art LED lighting that can set the right ambience throughout all phases of a flight and even reduce jetlag. Cabin interiors will adopt a “Pure Tea” colour theme, featuring natural tones, warm fabric and leather, along with a Polaris ceiling panel to create a relaxing atmosphere. Privacy in business class is offered with a 1-2-1 seating layout, ensuring a private entrance for every passenger. Every seat can fold down into a flat bed, and comes with a side cubby for storing personal belongings, a reading light with three brightness levels, and a wireless charger. Over in economy class, passengers can find comfort in additional leg room and high-quality leather headrests that can be adjusted six ways to provide head and neck support for various postures. Seats are also fitted with a tablet holder and a cup holder. The A330neo inflight entertainment system is upgraded to offer a 17.3-inch 4K screen in business class and a 13.3-inch 4K screen in economy class. Bluetooth audio connectivity is available for passengers to use their own headphones onboard. 3D interactive “Kid’s map” is added for little passengers. Company chairman K W Chang said the acquisition of the A330neo aircraft “marks a key milestone in our growth”. “With the addition of the A330neo, Starlux can deploy our fleet more flexibly and provide our service to more passengers over regional routes,” he said. Starlux is commencing a full upgrade of its fleet, which will include delivery of 18 A350 XWBs beginning 3Q2022.