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Taiwanese Luxury Start-Up Starlux Airlines to Begin Seattle Service This Summer

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A luxury start-up carrier is bringing its quirky space-themed cabin and Zero Gravity seats to Seattle (SEA) this summer.

Taiwan’s Starlux will inaugurate nonstop service from its hub in Taipei (TPE) on August 16, 2024.

“Starlux’s broadened trans-Pacific routes reaffirm our dedication to expanding our U.S. network and to elevating the travel experience for our fast-growing customer base,” said Glenn Chai, STARLUX CEO. “As a key economic and technological hub, Seattle is also steeped in diverse cultural influences and home to a thriving Asian community.”

Here’s what you need to know about Starlux’s newest route to the U.S.

Starlux’s New Service to Seattle

Starlux touched down on American soil for the first time not even a year ago when its first U.S.-bound flight departed for Los Angeles (LAX) on April 26, 2023.

After adding San Francisco (SFO) in December 2023, the carrier is increasing its presence on the West Coast with a third U.S. route to Seattle (SEA).

The service will operate on Mondays, Thursdays, and Saturdays from Seattle to Taipei and on Wednesdays, Fridays, and Sundays in the opposite direction.

Arrival and departure times may vary slightly as the months go on, but the schedule for August is as follows:

  • Depart Taipei (TPE) 8 p.m. — Arrive Seattle (SEA) 4:15 p.m.
  • Depart Seattle (SEA) 2:10 a.m. — Arrive Taipei (TPE) 5:10 a.m. (+1)

Starlux will join China Airlines and EVA Air as the third Taiwanese carrier to offer nonstop services between Taipei and Seattle.

While the route itself is far from unique, the Starlux Airbus A350s that will operate the route offer a one-of-a-kind inflight experience — especially in its premium cabin.

Starlux A359 Business Class cabin from middle of middle
The distinct interior of a STARLUX Airbus A350. Image Credit: Daniel Ross

Thanks to a partnership with Alaska Airlines, you can redeem Mileage Plan miles to book a ticket to experience this fantastic business class product from 75,000 miles + $19 in taxes and fees (one-way).

Additionally, this means that passengers can connect seamlessly between Starlux and Alaska Airlines flights at Los Angeles, San Francisco, and Seattle airports.

“We believe Starlux and Alaska Airlines will provide seamless service to travelers seeking to reach Asia,” said Chai.

Hot Tip:

Starlux’s business class is definitely worth considering if you’re planning on flying to Asia and can make a mileage or cash ticket work for you. Even flying it on a short regional hop between Taipei and Macau was amazing!

Final Thoughts

We’re excited to learn of Starlux’s third route to the U.S. and hope it has as much success as Los Angeles and San Francisco.

With a bit of luck, Starlux might even grace the East Coast with its presence in the near future!

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About Daniel Ross

Daniel has loved aviation and travel his entire life. He earned a Master of Science in Air Transport Management and has written about travel and aviation in publications like Simple Flying, The Points Guy, and more.

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