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TravelWill Southwest Sell Tickets to Hawaii Next Week? No, But Here’s What Is Planned.

01:00  09 february  2019
01:00  09 february  2019 Source:   thepointsguy.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.

No , But Here ’ s What Is Planned . Southwest Airlines crew celebrate their inaugural flight to Hawaii at the Honolulu International Airport, Tuesday, February 5, 2019, in Honolulu. TPG reached out to Southwest about next steps in getting customers on planes to Hawaii , and while the airline was

No , But Here ’ s What Is Planned .: Southwest Airlines Hopeful to Begin Service to Hawaii in Early 2019 Southwest 's first flig Essentially, next week is currently booked with multiple days of tabletop exercises where Southwest proves it has solid plans in place should unplanned events occur en

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This was (finally) the week that we saw a Southwest Airlines plane land in Hawaii with iconic Diamond Head in the background. On Tuesday, Southwest Airlines flight 8275 landed at 2:50pm at Honolulu’s Daniel K. Inouye International Airport (HNL) after flying from California’s Oakland International Airport (OAK) with only FAA inspectors and Southwest ETOPS crew on the plane — no passengers.

There is no denying that was a momentous event in the process to get Southwest customers on planes to Hawaii, but it is not the last hurdle in the race. There have been some exciting rumors circulating online that perhaps Southwest will have tickets to Hawaii on sale as early as next week. Valentine’s Day was pegged as a possible target date for these rumors, which would have been a great way for Southwest to play up their ‘LUV’ symbol on the NYSE and home base at Dallas Love Field. But, sadly, that myth looks to be busted

Shutdown Stalls Southwest Airlines Plan to Begin Hawaii Service

Shutdown Stalls Southwest Airlines Plan to Begin Hawaii Service Efforts by Southwest Airlines Co. to begin flights to Hawaii have fallen victim to the government shutdown. The carrier has done all it can to secure certification to begin service but can’t move forward without approval from the Federal Aviation Administration for extended flights over water, or ETOPS, the Dallas-based airline said in a statement Monday. Southwest set no new timeline for selling tickets or beginning Hawaii flights. “The groups within the FAA that oversee ETOPS authorizations are furloughed, and our next steps require their direct participation and oversight,” the carrier said.

When Will Southwest Sell Tickets to Hawaii ? On a Southwest earnings call in late October, Southwest CEO Gary Kelly stated that the airline was working to obtain ETOPS certification (the FAA approval needed to operate flights without diversion airports available within a certain distance)

No , But Here ’ s What Is Planned . This was (finally) the week that we saw a Southwest Airlines plane land in Hawaii with iconic Diamond Head in the background. On Tuesday, Southwest Airlines flight 8275 landed at 2:50pm at Honolulu’s Daniel K. Inouye International Airport (HNL) after flying from

TPG reached out to Southwest about next steps in getting customers on planes to Hawaii, and while the airline was tight-lipped about an exact ticket sales date, they did share the following:

“As part of the ETOPS application process, we will participate in multiple days of tabletop exercises next week to demonstrate our ETOPS procedures to the FAA. Once the FAA deems those exercises successful, we will be required to perform multiple ETOPS validation flights between the mainland and Hawaii. After we complete those tasks to the FAA’s satisfaction, we will we be granted ETOPS authorization. Only after Southwest receives ETOPS authorization from the FAA will we announce sell or operate plans for Hawaii.”

Essentially, next week is currently booked with multiple days of tabletop exercises where Southwest proves it has solid plans in place should unplanned events occur en route to Hawaii. Then, after that, it still has multiple validation flights to Hawaii still on the agenda. It’s not going to sell tickets to Hawaii until all of that is complete, and the official ETOPS authorization is received. So, it sounds like next week is not going to be the much anticipated week when we will get to buy a Southwest flight to Hawaii.

Southwest Airlines Hawaii Flights On Hold Due to Government Shutdown

Southwest Airlines Hawaii Flights On Hold Due to Government Shutdown Southwest can't sell tickets to Hawaii until they get full ETOPS approval which was stalled by the shutdown.

Southwest is now selling flights to Hawaii , and we’re bringing our low fares and no hidden fees with us. We want to make your trip to Hawaii special, so we’re taking everything you love about Southwest and bringing it all to your new favorite islands. Get everything Transfarency has to offer on your next

The airline will start selling tickets after it receives formal certification for Hawaii flights from the FAA. 25, a Friday. Southwest and the FAA resumed their ETOPS activities the next week and 19. Southwest has no plans to fly from its Dallas home base to Hawaii but had flown from Oakland to

However, we are getting close. If the government can avoid another shutdown, we could very well be within a few weeks of Southwest receiving necessary approvals to operate flights to Hawaii. Tickets to Hawaii will go on sale very shortly thereafter.

Bottom Line

You’re probably going to need to come up with a different Valentine’s Day present for your loved one than a Southwest ticket to Hawaii. We don’t know the exact date that tickets will go on sale, but we know there are still multiple steps left in the certification process before Southwest can fly planes to Hawaii.

However, one Southwest date we know for certain is next week on Feb. 11. That is the date that the limited-time offers to pick up a Southwest Companion Pass with just one credit card sign-up bonus (after spending $4,000 in the first three months) end. Lock that in now so you will have it ready for when Southwest does offer flights to Hawaii later in 2019.

All photos by Marco Garcia/The Points Guy.

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