STARLUX inaugurates San Francisco as second US destination

STARLUX officials celebrate launch of San Francisco flight services.
Photo Credit: STARLUX

Taiwan-based luxury carrier STARLUX Airlines has expanded its U.S. network presence with its December 16 launch of nonstop flights from San Francisco to Taipei.

This week’s move further reinforces the carrier’s commitment to the U.S. network, and also sets the stage for future growth, with plans in hand for additional long-haul routes across North America, Europe, and Oceania.

STARLUX U.S. Network Expansion


Marking its second U.S. gateway after Los Angeles, STARLUX’s San Francisco route opens a direct gateway for U.S. travelers to Taipei, seamlessly connecting them to a network of 20 Asian destinations.

Operating one of its four next-generation A350 aircraft, the airline now offers thrice-weekly flights between San Francisco International Airport (SFO) and Taiwan Taoyuan International Airport (TPE). The schedule will expand to daily flights starting March 20, 2024.

Inaugural Celebration

The inauguration of the San Francisco to Taipei route was celebrated with grandeur at SFO International Terminal Gate B5.

The gate-side festivities included ribbon- and cake-cutting ceremonies, special treats, and live performances, including renditions of “I Left My Heart in San Francisco” and “I’ll Be Home for Christmas.”

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Notable speakers, including STARLUX CEO Glenn Chai and San Francisco Mayor’s Office of International Trade and Commerce Director Mark Chandler, marked the significance of this milestone.

A STARLUX Airlines Airbus A350 in flight
Photo Credit: STARLUX Airlines

STARLUX CEO Comments


Reflecting on STARLUX’s journey, CEO Glenn Chai shared, “The launch of our San Francisco to Taiwan route tops off an amazing series of milestones for STARLUX.”

From its inception in January 2020 with three intra-Asia flights to the recent expansion to 22 destinations, STARLUX’s growth trajectory has been nothing short of impressive.

With the addition of San Francisco to its U.S. network, U.S. travelers now have two transpacific routes to experience luxury travel with STARLUX.

A Glimpse Inside STARLUX’s A350s


STARLUX’s Airbus A350s boast four meticulously designed cabins: First (4 seats), Business Class (26 seats), Premium Economy (36 seats), and Economy (240 seats).

 Each cabin offers a unique experience, from private spaces and lie-flat seats in First and Business Class to comfortable seating with ample legroom in Premium Economy and Economy.

Elevating the in-flight dining experience, STARLUX introduces exquisite Taiwanese signature dishes for all passengers.

First Class passengers on the SFO route can savor a new 3-star Michelin menu from Taiwan restaurant Tairroir, featuring modern French-style dishes infused with authentic Taiwan flavors.

Starting January 2024, this culinary delight will extend to first-class passengers flying from Taipei to Los Angeles.

Committed to making luxury accessible to all, STARLUX ensures a memorable and comfortable journey for every passenger.

The airline’s commitment to safety is complemented by unparalleled service, with features like curated in-cabin aromatherapy, Michelin-rated meals, and 4K personal large screens for entertainment. Passengers can even pre-order meals online, ensuring a personalized dining experience at 30,000 feet.

The Taipei-based luxury airline now serves 22 destinations:

San Francisco, Los Angeles, Taipei, Tokyo, Osaka, Fukuoka, Okinawa, Sapporo, Nagoya, Kumamoto, Sendai, Macau, Penang, Kuala Lumpur, Bangkok, Singapore, Ho Chi Minh City, Da Nang, Hanoi, Manila, Cebu, and Clark.

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December 16 marked the launch of STARLUX flights from Taipei to the luxury carrier's second US gateway city of San Francisco.
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