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TravelSouthwest Working with FAA Officials to Launch Hawaii Service

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

Southwest Airlines Hopeful to Begin Service to Hawaii in Early 2019

Southwest Airlines Hopeful to Begin Service to Hawaii in Early 2019 Southwest's first flights to Hawaii will depart from Oakland, Sacramento, San Diego, and San Jose . The flights will serve Honolulu, Kahului, Lihue, and Kona. Hilo has also been mentioned, but not confirmed. © Southwest Airlines PHOTO: Southwest Boeing 737-300. (photo courtesy of Southwest Airlines) Regardless of when Southwest begins its service, it is expected to have a large impact on the status quo.

Southwest Airlines' much-anticipated flights to Hawaii are likely another casualty of the current to the FAA in a formal tabletop exercise, before operating validation flights with FAA officials on board. Once complete, the airline will be able to launch its service from the US mainland to Hawaii . delay caused

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

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).

Southwest’s Hawaii Flights Are Coming Sooner Than We Thought

Southwest’s Hawaii Flights Are Coming Sooner Than We Thought Christmas is coming a bit earlier for Hawaii lovers. According to reports, Southwest Airlines is mere “weeks away” from selling its very first tickets for its flights to the island paradise. In a recent interview with Bloomberg News, Southwest CEO Gary Kelly said the company will be able to launch ticket sales rather quickly after it finally receives approval from the Federal Aviation Administration for its routes. "Weeks, not months," Kelly said. "We're ready to roll." According to Kelly, he expects the company will be able to begin service during the peak winter season.

IT'S OFFICIAL : Southwest gets government approval to launch Hawaii flights. The airline needed FAA certification of its ability to operate long, over-water flights where the options for In recent weeks Southwest has operated several test flights with FAA personnel on board to monitor such things as

Southwest is offering flights to Hawaii ! Check here for our service start dates and things to do on the islands. Southwest is now selling flights to Hawaii , and we’re bringing our low fares and no hidden fees Stay tuned: additional nonstop routes and connections to come.*Subject to FAA authorization.

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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