Taipei-based luxury carrier STARLUX Airlines deepens its reach into the U.S. market since its first intercontinental TPE–LAX voyage in April 2023. While the airline established Los Angeles as its first U.S. destination, it has also solidified a strategic partnership with Alaska Airlines, providing several rewards opportunities for loyalty program members of both airlines. Among the perks, customers can book connecting flights on a single ticket, making check-in and luggage transfer more efficient.
STARLUX’s daily LAX–TPE flights will be flown on the airline’s Airbus 350 aircraft and feature four seats in First Class, 26 in Business Class, 36 in Premium Economy and 240 in Economy. The STARLUX flight experience in all cabin classes, meanwhile, is designed to raise the bar on transcontinental flights to Asia. First- and business-Class travelers have a private space with a sliding door and fully flat seats and Zero G mode for full relaxation. The extra-legroom premium-economy section features a 40-inch Recaro seat with leg rest and footrest bar, while economy seats feature a leather headrest and wide seat pitch. All guests have seatback entertainment featuring 4K personal large screens.
Other signature touches include curated in-cabin aromatherapy, Michelin-rated meals in some classes, and Taiwanese signature dish options in all classes. Passengers can pre-order meals online to ensure they can enjoy the meal of their choice. As the Los Angeles Dodgers and Los Angeles Clippers are partner sports teams, LAX–TPE passengers will get to enjoy a variety of LA Dodgers-themed amenities through the end of the baseball season in October, followed by LA Clippers-themed amenities from November to June 2024.
“(We forged ahead), leveraging Taipei’s geographical advantage to expand routes to 16 Asian destinations,” said Glenn Chai, CEO, STARLUX. “Our Los Angeles destination marks the achievement of our goal for a trans-Pacific network. Now passengers will be able to enjoy flying with us from Los Angeles to major cities in Asia, with an easy transfer in Taipei.” The airline’s Asian destinations include Tokyo, Osaka, Fukuoka, Okinawa, Sapporo, Sendai, Macau, Penang, Kuala Lumpur, Bangkok, Singapore, Ho Chi Minh City, Da Nang, Hanoi, Manila and Cebu.
There is something magical about sipping a glass of local wine while watching the sun slip into the Aegean Sea as the afterglow tinges traditional, white-washed Cycladic houses with glorious shades of rose, purple and gold. Ancient Greeks believed Helios, the Sun God, caused sunsets by driving his fiery chariot into the sea. Standing at water’s edge in Mykonos, watching the sky slowly turn from purple to inky black, you almost believe it.
Reconnecting the World: GBTA Convention 2023 Spotlights the Vital Role of Business Travel and In-Person Connection
In an increasingly digital and interconnected world, the Global Business Travel Association (GBTA) Convention remains an indispensable platform for business travel industry professionals seeking to make the most of the power of face-to-face connections. Taking place August 13–15 in Dallas, the 2023 GBTA Convention provides the unique opportunity for professionals and companies to join visionaries, thought leaders and industry experts for meaningful networking, cutting-edge insights and inspiring innovation.
I hadn’t even made it to my first cup of coffee when I got an early phone call from my sister, who lives two time zones away. “OMG, Kristy, Patsy Cline came on twice while I was driving the kids to school today,” she laughed. “You know what that means, right?” We both gasped and then instantly began singing the lyrics to “La Bamba,” an inside joke we’d shared since our family’s Alaskan cruise decades ago when we, unintentionally, won the ship’s karaoke contest among a sea of Patsy Cline tributes.
Located in the heart of Houston’s Theatre District, the recently renovated Lancaster Hotel originally opened in 1926. The classic interior with an abundance of natural light floods the two-story lobby. A shimmering chandelier and elegant marble floors juxtapose nicely with the contemporary art displayed on the salon staircase wall.
The Global Business Travel Association (GBTA) believes business travel is a fundamental force for good and brings the industry together to connect, innovate and set new standards. With members from across the globe, GBTA engages the many voices of business travel to build a collective future, providing a platform for buyers and suppliers to come together, connect with peers, grow their network and shape the future of the industry.
The Woodward Geneva and Swiss International Air Lines recently launched a new collaboration to transport passengers to the counter of Michelin-starred restaurant L’Atelier Robuchon. As part of the SWISS Taste of Switzerland inflight culinary program, the partnership provides Business and first-class travelers on SWISS long-haul flights departing from Geneva and Zürich carefully curated menus inspired by the restaurant.
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Midway Atoll is the end of the Hawai‘ian Islands, literally. This is the ultimate fate of these low, sandy islets ringing a lagoon: Eventually these last remnants of a once large volcanic island will sink beneath the waves, completing a story that began 1,500 miles away. Midway, though not easy to get to, occasionally features in cruise itineraries. Holland America Line’s Westerdam offers a rare chance to glimpse the remotest of all the Hawai‘ian Islands with a scheduled stop in October 2024. You can still see the relics of the famous World War II battle here as well as a million nesting albatrosses and other seabirds.