TAIPEI, TAIWAN — Taiwanese carrier Starlux Airlines is set to decrease its Airbus A350-1000 orders from 12 to eight while increasing its orders for the more cost-effective A350-900 from six to 10, according to reports on Wednesday, May 3. 

Initially, the airline had planned to purchase 12 A350-1000s and six A350-900s. However, observers noticed the absence of A350-1000 orders on the Airbus website. A Starlux spokesperson clarified that the plans were not canceled but would depend on route performance and network suitability.

The A350-1000 can accommodate 40 additional passengers compared to the A350-900, but it is also NT$1.5 billion (US$49 million) more expensive. The revised order could save Starlux up to NT$6 billion. The new aircraft are slated for delivery in 2026 and 2027, though the airline hopes for earlier arrivals. The changes will not impact Starlux's current network expansion plans.

Starlux recently commenced flights to Los Angeles and plans to add more US destinations in the near future. The airline aims to introduce approximately one new destination every six to eight months until reaching a total of six or seven.