Southwest Airlines Announces Flights To Hawaii

October 13, 2017 Facebook Twitter LinkedIn Google+ News

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By Summer Anderson

Southwest President Tom Nealon and David Ige made the joint announcement via satellite from Waikiki Beach behind the Royal Hawaiian to an estimated 10,000 Southwest employees at a company party at Universal Studios in Los Angeles.

With years of speculation and their newest purchase of a Boeing 737MAX 8 aircraft, which can fly 500 nautical miles farther than its other aircrafts, Southwest Airlines officially made an announcement on October 11th, 2017, via Twitter, @SouthwestAir, their plans for service to the Hawaiian Islands. They also hinted that flights would begin in 2018 and could potentially start out with flights between California and Hawaii due to their already large presence in the state.  “You heard that right.  We’re thrilled to share our intention to bring our world-famous hospitality and value to the Hawaiian Islands.”

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Southwest said that it decided to make the announcement now because they will soon start the public application process to obtain the Federal Aviation Administration’s ETOPS (Extended Twin Operations) certification, which would enable them to operate aircraft between the mainland and Hawaii.  The certification will measure how far an aircraft can safely be away from land and over water in one of the engines gives out.

The Dallas based airline motto “Low fares. Nothing to hide” also offers the lost luxury of 2 free checked bags and has nofee policies.  In addition, the Southwest executives stated that they are considering offering inter-island flights, which would allow more options for inter-island flyers and could potentially cut flight costs due to competition between other carriers. A move that would likely be welcomed by local commuters.