Taiwan’s Starlux Airlines will add a new route connecting its Taipei hub with Kumamoto in Japan commencing September 1.

This will be the airline’s seventh destination in Japan following Fukuoka, Naha, Osaka, Sapporo, Sendai and Tokyo’s Narita.

Flights to Kumamoto will operate three times a week onboard Starlux’s Airbus A321 neo aircraft.

On Tuesdays, Fridays and Sundays, the outbound flights will depart Taipei at 0945, getting into Kumamoto at 1300. They return an hour later, at 1400, and arrive back in the Taiwanese capital at 1515.

Starlux’s A321 neo aircraft used on the Kumamoto route feature eight fully-flat business class seats in a 2-2 configuration alongside a standard economy offering in a 3-3 setup.

“As the second destination in Kyushu for STARLUX Airlines, Kumamoto boasts an excellent geographical advantage. Either heading to Fukuoka or Kagoshima, Kumamoto provides easy access to both northern and southern Kyushu, offering travelers a more diverse selection of itineraries.

Kumamoto is named “the Land of Fire” due to its famous active volcano, Mount Aso. Besides, one of Japan’s three great castles, Kumamoto Castle, as well as the local mascot Kumamon, are also popular worldwide.

In addition, with its thriving semiconductor industry, Kumamoto is also known as the “Silicon Valley of Japan”, and this new route is expected to save even more time for business travelers,” commented Starlux.

Fledgling Starlux currently offers connections to a growing number of destinations across the Asia-Pacific, including Bangkok, Clark, Hanoi, Penang, Manila, Sapporo, Sendai, Singapore, Macau and Osaka.

In late April, the airline launched its first transpacific route – an A350-900 service from Taipei to Los Angeles.