Starlux Airlines is planning to spread its wings across Asia and to North America, and Australia could also find its way onto that list.
The Taiwanese start-up, which describes itself as a "detail-oriented luxury airline", launched only in January this year with a handful of short-range routes spearing out from its Taipei base, featuring Airbus A321neo jets fitted with lie-flat business class seats.
Starlux is now mapping out the launch of long-range flights, ahead of the delivery of new Airbus A350 jets at the end of 2021.
The US figures large in its trans-Pacific network, with approval now received from Taiwan’s aviation authority for up to 15 destinations: among them Honolulu, Los Angeles, San Francisco, Seattle, Boston, Chicago, Dallas, Miami, New York and Washington DC.
The cities which make the cut from that laundry list will be visited by Starlux's 18-strong fleet of A350-900 and A350-1000 jets, which will sport both business class and first class, from early 2022.
Starlux Chief Public Relations Officer Nie Kuo-Wei flagged that several important factors will shape that ambitious expansion schedule, including the final delivery timeline for the A350s.
However, Starlux has also signed on the dotted line for eight A330neo jets: a more efficient and modern version of the popular A330 'classic' flown here by Qantas and until recently Virgin Australia, as well as Asian stalwarts Cathay Pacific, Singapore Airlines, Garuda Indonesia and Malaysia Airlines.
The first of the A330-900neo jets is due in late 2021, and could encompass flights to Australia.
A spokesperson for Starlux confirmed to Executive Traveller that its A330neo destinations "are still under evaluation", and a decision on whether not the airline will fly to Australia has not yet been made.
Australia's east coast capitals are already served by Taiwan's China Airlines and EVA Air, and Qantas has recently flagged the possibility of launching direct flights to Taipei should an Australia-Taiwan travel bubble open up.