Taipei, April 27 (CNA) StarLux Investment Co., established by former EVA Airways Chairman Chang Kuo-wei (???), announced on Friday that it has received an operating license from the Civil Aeronautics Administration (CAA) to launch an airline business operation and StarLux Airlines company will be officially registered in Taiwan within one week.
StarLux President Glenn Chai (???) said the company is developing flight operations and aircraft maintenance plans to pass further CAA examination by the end of 2019, allowing the carrier to start formal operations in early 2020.
"Meanwhile, we are also building up the fleet, designing the interior of the aircraft and service standards, as well as recruiting personnel and developing training procedures," Chia added.
The company said it plans to introduce three Airbus A321s in late 2019, which will initially fly to major cities in Northeast and Southeast Asian countries.
StarLux is the first airline to be established under the newly-revised Regulations of Civil Air Transport Enterprise, which now requires aspiring businesses to show funding of at least NT$6 billion (US$204.6 million) and possession of at least three aircraft before they can gain approval to operate scheduled or non-scheduled air carrier service on international routes.
Under the new rule, enterprises are no longer required to have at least five years operational experience in international transportation or commerce before becoming eligible to apply for an air operator certificate, which was the main hurdle for StarLux.
The CAA changed the regulations on the grounds they had been in place for more than 20 years and were outdated.
StarLux is being set up by Chang, who was chairman of EVA Air was ousted in a battle over control of the company following the death of his father, Evergreen Group founder Chang Jung-fa (???).
Source: Focus Taiwan News Channel