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I woke up this morning to see the most amazing tweet from Southwest Airlines – they are flying to Hawaii! Of course the details are vague as there are still many unknowns, but at least we now know that it will be in the near future!
While you can read the entire article from Southwest about their future service, here are some key notes:
- Southwest intends to sell tickets in 2018
- They are still in the process to obtain approval from the Federal Aviation Administration for Extended Operations (ETOPS)
- No specific schedule has yet been identified, but non-stop flights will most likely be from some major city in California
- They will start flying their ETOPS-equipped -800 fleet, but ultimately will be flying their new MAX aircrafts
So as of right now we are not sure if they will actually be able to begin service in 2018, or if it will not be until 2019. We also are not 100% sure of the exact routes, but if you live outside of California, chances of a non-stop flight are slim.
Do you think you’ll fly Southwest to Hawaii?! This will be an amazing opportunity for the Southwest Companion Pass!