Southwest Airlines will soon fly to Hawaii

Southwest expects to use ETOPS-configured 737 MAX aircraft on the Hawaiian flights

Southwest expects to use ETOPS-configured 737 MAX aircraft on the Hawaiian flights

"A day long-awaited by our Customers, fans, and more than 55,000 of the world's most-loved airline Employees is finally within sight-a day that will showcase your Hospitality, about as far Southwest as you can go in the U.S.", Chairman & CEO Gary Kelly told thousands of Southwest Employees at a Company gathering in Southern California.

Southwest Airlines plans to start service to Hawaii at the beginning of next year. "We know we'll get through the FAA process in time to sell tickets next year, but until the FAA gives us better indications of the authorization timeline, we're not going to speculate and put a date out there. We're ready and excited to address a request we've heard for years", Kelly said.

It won't be long before you'll be able to book a Southwest Airlines flight to Hawaii.

The airline said it is making the announcement now because it soon will begin a public application process to obtain the Federal Aviation Administration's ETOPS (Extended Twin Operations) certification for operating aircraft between the mainland and Hawaii.

Though the airline has not indicated what routes it will offer to the state, airline officials say they are also evaluating the possibility of offering flights between the islands. "We're thrilled to bring Hawaii next year as an option to more than 115 million Customers who already fly with us, annually", said Chief Operating Officer Mike Van de Ven.

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Many more offer fights with one or more stops along the way, though.

The airline took delivery of its first Boeing 737 MAX 8 aircraft in August. David Ige, who shared his welcome with Southwest Employees.

Dallas-based Southwest will start selling tickets to the popular vacation destination in 2018.

However, the ETOPS certified 737-800 airplanes will initially fly the routes so that the launch date can be accelerated.

"Those Southwest shockwaves of our terrific value and bar-setting Customer Service will be a game-changing addition in the US transpacific market", the post stated. The rest of the work is lined up to bring the performance enhancements of the MAX to what we intend to build into a multi-market offering among our west coast cities and the Hawaiian Islands.

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