STARLUX Airlines, a Taiwan-based carrier, announced the launch of its inaugural Taipei-Los Angeles transpacific flight debuting on 26 April. Initially starting with five weekly flights, the service is expected to ramp to daily in June. STARLUX also announced the establishment of its first US office based in Los Angeles and its new designation as the “Official International Airline Partner of the LA Clippers” as part of a multi-year partnership with the NBA team.
“As a brand-new airline to the US market, STARLUX is excited to help create memorable journeys by providing unique and exquisite service to customers traveling to and from Los Angeles to Taipei, and other Asian cities,” said STARLUX CEO Glenn Chai. “With Los Angeles being the sister city of Taipei, along with our partnership with the LA Clippers, the city of angels is our airline’s perfect starting US destination.”
While the last few years have seen a plethora of budget airlines come onto the scene, STARLUX is bucking the trend by skipping the no-frills route. The airline will operate the TPE-LAX route with its new-generation Airbus A350 configured in a premium four-class layout, with four seats in First, 26 in Business, 36 in Premium Economy, and 240 in Economy. Travelers in First and Business will have a private space with a sliding door and seats with full-flat and Zero G mode for full relaxation. The extra-legroom Premium Economy section features a 40-inch Recaro seat with a leg rest and footrest bar. Economy Class seats are also built for utmost comfort, equipped with leather headrest and wide seat pitch. In addition, the A350 offers nose-to-tail seatback entertainment featuring 4K personal large screens.
Launched in 2020, STARLUX is a luxury airline based in Taipei now serving 15 Asian destinations. After the TPE-LAX route launches, STARLUX will be able to serve passengers traveling between Asia and North America with a transfer in Taipei. The STARLUX fleet consists of three types of new-generation Airbuses which are extremely efficient—A321neo, A330neo, and A350—to provide the finest and eco-friendly journeys.