August 12, 2022

It looks like Starlux Airlines is planning on launching flights to Los Angeles as of early 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 early 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 and A350-1000s.

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 posted to Facebook looking to hire for positions there, including for passenger sales, customer service, finance, HR, cargo, and more. The hiring is happening for an anticipated early 2023 service launch.

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.

Starlux Airlines’ potential routes to the United States

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.

Starlux Airlines’ A321neo cabin

What we do know is that:

Starlux Airlines will fly Airbus A350s to the United States

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 have top tier status with Starlux Airlines, but no chance to use it!

Bottom line

I’m excited for Starlux Airlines to launch long haul flights, and it sounds like things are on track for an early 2023 start for Los Angeles flights. 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 early 2023?

(Tip of the hat to @IshrionA)

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