STARLUX Prepares US Expansion, One Destination Every Year – Airways | Airlines


DALLAS — Taiwan-based STARLUX Airlines (JX) marks nearly three months of successful operations to Los Angeles (LAX) in the United States of America. As its wide-body fleet continues to grow, the US remains a key market for further expansion.

Until May 2023, the load factor on the Los Angeles flight was approximately 71% and as the airline gains momentum with the locals with continued brand awareness, the carrier expects load factors to grow by over 80%.

Airways correspondent Siddharth Ganesh discusses with Glenn Chai, CEO of STARLUX, the works of JX’s American expansion.


SG: Are you already considering a double daily to LAX in the near future to gain better market share?
GC: Yes, to provide our passengers with more options and flexibility, we will double the frequency once there are more aircraft delivered.

What is the transfer passenger percentage at TPE in relation to the Los Angeles flights?

Currently, transit passengers account for around 40% of total passengers on the Taipei-Los Angeles route. As we continue expanding our network in Asia as well as in the US, we believe there will be more and more transit passengers flying with us.

San Francisco is confirmed for December, Comment? Other destinations in the US/North America on the map?

Our second US destination, San Francisco, is set to be launched by the end of this year. The goal is to open at least one US destination every year in the future to cover the western, middle, and eastern parts of the states.

Is STARLUX keen on flying to India? (To get hold of the transfer market to US west coast)

STARLUX will focus on expanding its service to the North American market and growing its Asian markets in the upcoming years. Indian route is under evaluation as well but will be further discussed until a completer and more stable network is established in the future.

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