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Taiwan's Starlux Airlines plans 2020 launch

Starlux Airlines, a new Taiwanese carrier planned by former EVA Air chairman Chang Kuo-wei, is targeting to launch operations in 2020.

In its newly launched website, the carrier says it started hiring its first batch of employees last August and has since set up an office in Taipei.

This year, the plan is to apply for relevant permits and also undergo inspections and audits under requirements by the country's Civil Aeronautics Administration.

In 2019, it will start to recruit pilots and cabin crew, as well as ground crew.

Its website shows what appears to be a Boeing 777, painted in a white and gold Starlux livery. Its introduction emphasises a luxurious experience. It has previously been reported that Starlux could be a charter operator focusing on catering to premium travel demand.

News of the carrier first surfaced in late-2016, when Chang announced that he will make a comeback with a new airline.

He was ousted from EVA in 2016 shortly after the death of his father, the founder of Evergreen Group.

A month after the elder Chang's death, Chang declared himself chairman of the Evergreen group and the sole beneficiary of his father's estate. Unhappy with their half-brother's move, his three elder brothers called for an unscheduled board meeting and voted him out.

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