I’m a sucker for flying new airlines. Whether it’s flying to Hong Kong with only two dozen other people on an Air Belgium flight (RIP Air Belgium’s huge Asia aspirations), or being served the finest Ghanaian cuisine on Global Ghana Airlines by low altitude flight attendants, I just love new airlines (okay, sadly that last flight never happened).
That brings me to my newest trip report, where I’m traveling to Asia to be able to fly Starlux Airlines between Taipei and Penang. This is the brand new airline founded by the former CEO of EVA Air, who also happens to be a pilot for the airline. The airline launched operations within the past week, so I can’t wait to see what the airline has to offer, given their focus on luxury.
Unlike so many other airline startups, though, this one had a smooth launch, and it seems that the experienced management team really wants to create something special… or at least that’s what they’ve convinced me of!
Can I please have Chairman & Captain Chang operating my flight?!
To get to & from Penang I’ll also be reviewing new airline products. Initially my plan was to fly through Beijing on Hainan Airlines to get to Taipei, though I decided to avoid mainland China for now due to the Wuhan coronavirus.
I’m already underway and haven’t yet revealed how I rebooked the outbound, so stay tuned for that. In the actual reviews of the flights & lounges I’ll talk about what I booked, and how many miles (or how much cash) I paid for each flight.
What gives with the reference to a “zombie apocalypse” in the title? Well, I’ve traveled millions of miles, and I’ve spent a lot of time in Asia, so people wearing face masks is totally normal to me.
However, I’ve never seen anything quite like what I’m seeing right now, and I’m not even in mainland China. On my flight to Asia, and upon landing in Asia, virtually every single person was wearing a face mask, from the crew to passengers.
I’m not trying to make light of the situation, but I just feel like “zombie apocalypse” is the most accurate image that comes to mind with seeing everyone wearing a face mask. I’ve never see this before anywhere in the world.
Stay tuned and thanks for reading… this should hopefully be an interesting trip!