TravelSouthwest Working with FAA Officials to Launch Hawaii Service

18:30  05 february  2019
18:30  05 february  2019 Source:   travelpulse.com

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Southwest has been working with the Federal Aviation Administration for more than a year to get certification The first Southwest flights to Hawaii could be launched within weeks of that, though Southwest has trickled out a few details of its Hawaii service this year. In April, the airline said it

Southwest Airlines' much-anticipated flights to Hawaii are likely another casualty of the current bare-bones operations “ FAA will slide [ Southwest ’s ETOPS] completion date to the right pending return to work .” Once complete, the airline will be able to launch its service from the US mainland to Hawaii .

Southwest Working with FAA Officials to Launch Hawaii Service© Southwest Airlines PHOTO: Southwest airplane. (photo via Southwest)

Southwest Airlines has continued to promote its upcoming service to Hawaii, but the carrier is taking a significant step toward accomplishing that goal Tuesday with the first test flight.

According to CNBC.com, Southwest officials and Federal Aviation Administration inspectors will fly on one of the airline’s Boeing 737-800 planes from Oakland to Honolulu as part of the process to gain government approval to begin commercial flights to Hawaii.

During the journey, Southwest will demonstrate that its long-range navigation and communication systems meet the requirements for long over-water flights set forth by the extended-range twin-engine operational performance standards (ETOPS).

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Southwest Airlines said it wants to launch service to Hawaii next year, in the latest service expansion for the discount carrier. The move by Southwest , which will begin selling tickets for flights to the state , is another example of how the budget airlines are continuing to challenge full- service carriers.

New routes launched by Southwest this week include service from both Oakland and San Jose to Southwest kicked off its first Hawaii flights on March 17, 2019, with service between Oakland and The whistleblower allegedly claimed that FAA officials cut corners to rush through the approval of

While the carrier first announced its plans to add Hawaiian service in October 2017, Southwest has faced several issues when attempting to get certification, including the partial federal government shutdown in January.

Federal regulators will determine Southwest’s ability to operate the flights safely since their path will take them more than an hour from the closest airport, but selling tickets for the journeys could be held up again if another government shutdown takes place.

When finally approved, Southwest plans to offer flights to Hawaii from the West Coast, in addition to service between the islands.

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