DALLAS — Taiwan-based carrier Starlux Airlines (JX) has announced that it will be flying between Taipei and Los Angeles and has begun selling tickets for the new service.
The new flight will be operated by an Airbus A350-900, which is configured in a four-class layout. The aircraft will feature four seats in first class, 26 seats in business class, 36 seats in premium economy, and 240 in economy class. The new service is scheduled to launch on April 26, 2023.
Initially, flights will operate five days a week before increasing to daily service in June. Flight JX002 will depart Taipei at 11:40 PM and arrive in Los Angeles at 8:30 PM. It will operate on Monday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, and Saturday. The return flight JX001 will depart Los Angeles at 12:50 AM and arrive at 5:40 AM the following day. The flight will operate on Tuesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday, and Sunday.
New Destinations, New Aircraft
This announcement comes as JX prepares to enter the US market after a year’s delay. The airline initially wanted to launch flights to the United States in June 2022 before postponing it to a date in the first quarter of 2023, which was pushed back to April 2023.
After receiving its first Airbus A350-900 in October 2022, the carrier recently welcomed its second. The aircraft can seat 306 passengers, and while the aircraft is already in service, the route to Los Angeles will be the first time passengers will be able to experience its first-class cabin.
Starlux currently serves 15 routes to destinations across Asia, including Tokyo, Osaka, Bangkok, and Singapore, among others. The airline will be able to serve passengers traveling between North America and Asia as they will have an easy connection to the carrier hub in Taipei. The airline currently operates 13 Airbus A321neos, four Airbus A330neos, and two Airbus A350s. By 2025, the airline fleet will grow to 39 aircraft.
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