Taiwanese startup airline Starlux is continuing with its expansion plans beyond Asia with its filing for flight rights to 15 destinations in the US and the Pacific.
According to a report from Taiwan's Central News Agency (CNA – Focus Taiwan), Starlux Airlines confirmed it has applied for the flight rights with the country's Civil Aeronautics Administration (CAA). The 15 destinations include the following: Los Angeles, San Francisco, Honolulu, Guam, Seattle, San Jose, Ontario, New York-JFK, Newark, Washington DC, Houston, Chicago, Dallas, Miami, and Boston.
While the routes are pending approval, airline spokesperson Nieh Kuo-wei said the move “represents a preparatory market deployment, but whether the plan is realized depends on the market and delivery of the planes it ordered.”
Nieh was further quoted saying the routes could potentially launch in 2022 if all goes well.
Founded by former EVA Air chairman Chang Kuo-wei, premium airline Starlux has a fleet of 4 narrowbody Airbus A321neo jets. The airline has orders for widebody Airbus jets including 8 A330-900neo and 17 Airbus A350s. The 17 A350s (9 A350-900s and 8 A350-1000s) are scheduled to arrive in the fourth quarter of 2021.
Starlux previously launched its maiden flights in January to Penang, Macau, and Da Nang. However, the flights were suspended just after launch amid the COVID-19 pandemic. Since flights resumed during the summer, the airline has announced plans to launch flights to Osaka, Tokyo, Bangkok.