Southwest Airlines has announced that it will begin to fly to Hawaii in the future. At this time it is not known when exactly the Southwest Airlines flights to Hawaii will begin. The airline must obtain FAA approval for extended over-water operations, and it is uncertain when that will be accomplished.
Southwest Airlines Will Fly To Hawaii
Southwest Airlines has announced that in the near future they will begin to fly to Hawaii. The exact date of the new Southwest Airlines flights to Hawaii is unknown. The airline needs to get FAA approval for extended over-water operations, and it is not known when that will happen.
"Hawaii is an important place for Southwest Airlines because so many people count on us to take them everywhere they want to go reliably and affordably,'' Southwest CEO Gary Kelly said in a statement. "We're ready and excited to address a request we've heard for years."
When he was in Phoenix for Southwest's annual shareholders meeting in May, Kelly said for the first time that flights to Hawaii are a priority for the airline and suggested 2018 would be the year. They are expecting to be able to start selling tickets for Southwest Airlines flights to airlines sometime in 2018.
Southwest Airlines plans to use its new Boeing 737 Max 8 aircraft to fly between the mainland and Hawaii. They added the Boeing 737 Max 8 aircraft earlier this month to their fleet.
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