It looks like Starlux Airlines is planning on launching flights to Los Angeles as of April 2023, so we (hopefully) don’t have to wait that much longer before learning more details about this exciting service.
Starlux Airlines launching USA flights in April 2023
Taipei-based Starlux Airlines is still a relatively new airline, but has big expansion plans. The airline currently flies A321neos and A330-900neos, and will also soon start taking delivery of A350-900s.
Starlux Airlines eventually plans to fly to several cities in the United States, and the intent all along has been for Los Angeles (LAX) to be the first. While Starlux had initially planned to launch flights to Los Angeles as of June 2022, that has been pushed back due to aircraft deliveries and the pandemic.
It looks like Starlux Airlines is moving forward with its plans to serve the United States, as the airline has revealed that it plans to launch North America service as of April 2023. Several weeks back, the airline had posted on Facebook about hiring for positions at LAX, including for passenger sales, customer service, finance, HR, cargo, and more.
Starlux has already received permission from the United States Department of Transportation (DOT) to launch flights to the United States, so that’s a major hurdle the airline has overcome. The airline potentially plans to offer service to up to 15 cities in the United States over time, though only time will tell how many of those airports Starlux actually serves.
What we know about Starlux Airlines’ A350s
Starlux Airlines plans to fly to the United States with A350s, including both the -900 and -1000 models. Starlux’s short haul business class product is phenomenal, so I can’t wait to see what kind of a premium cabin product the airline offers on long haul flights.
What we do know is that:
- Starlux intends to offer first class on A350s
- At least according to regulatory filings, Starlux’s A350s will be quite dense, as A350-900s are expected to feature 306 seats, which sure makes me wonder about the layout
Regardless, I’m sure Starlux will impress. While most airline startups are low cost, Starlux is going upmarket, and describes itself as a “detail-oriented luxury airline.” The onboard experience really reflects that, with an absolutely spectacular soft product. Then again, China Airlines and EVA Air aren’t too shabby in business class either.
I’m also looking forward to put my Starlux COSMILE Insighter status to the test. 😉 Now if only Starlux Airlines could get some airline partnerships, so that there’s a good way to earn & redeem points for these flights. Aeroplan, I’m looking at you!
I’m excited for Starlux Airlines to launch long haul flights, and it sounds like things are on track for Los Angeles service to start as of April 2023. There are still quite a few unknowns, including what Starlux’s A350 interiors will be like.
Unfortunately Taiwan continues to remain closed to most travelers, with eligible travelers having to undergo a quarantine. Until that changes, this flight will only be useful to many if connecting elsewhere, like Bangkok or Singapore.
Do you think Starlux Airlines will launch LAX flights in April 2023?