Taipei, StarLux Airlines, which was established in May, began construction of its flight operations center in Taoyuan Monday, vowing to create 60,000 jobs over the next 10 years.
StarLux Chairman Chang Kuo-wei (???) said the new facility, which is close to the Taiwan Taoyuan International Airport, will accommodate the 8,000 staff he plans to recruit in the coming decade.
Overall, StarLux will create a total of 60,000 job opportunities in related industries in the region during the period, Chang said.
The complex, which will cover 7,722 square meters, is expected to be completed by July 2020, by which time all frontline operation personnel -- including pilots, flight attendants, ground staff and technicians -- will be based there, Chang said.
The airline will also use the center to monitor its flights around the clock and introduce training facilities such as flight simulators, according to Chang.
StarLux, which is currently headquartered in Taipei and has a staff of 150, will be able to train about 2,500 professionals in the aviation sector each year, he said.
StarLux will seek to differentiate itself from its competitors by targeting high-end travelers through introducing more modern services and reacting more flexibly to passengers' needs, as it is a relatively new airline that does not have outdated standard operating procedures, Chang said.
The carrier will initially operate 10 Airbus A321neo narrow-body aircraft on lease, with the first to be delivered in October 2019.
StarLux will first fly from Taipei to Southeast and Northeast Asian destinations, the carrier said, and its fleet will include up to 24 aircraft by the end of 2024, serving over 20 destinations in Asia and North America.
Chang was chairman of EVA Air from 2013-2016, when he 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