Southwest Airlines Finally Announces — They’re Going to Hawaii!
Southwest wants cities to develop to. While their archetypal route is brief-distance and excessive frequency, they’ve received an enormous gap of their route community in journey to the Hawaiian islands. They used to provide codeshares to Hawaii with ATA, an airline that provided up to 70 flights per week from Southwest cities on the time it entered chapter 11 chapter almost a decade in the past.
Hawaii service has been speculated for years. In December 2010 they marketed for an ETOPS supervisor suggesting they have been planning lengthy overwater flights.
Finally this 12 months service has begun to appear imminent. At the airline’s shareholders assembly in May CEO Gary Kelly described Hawaii as a excessive precedence.
In July Kelly mentioned that “it’s not if we’re going to go, it’s when we go” and oh by the best way don’t count on meals inflight regardless of the gap.
Southwest is working to preserve its place as the key participant in California, however that’s powerful to do with out California – Hawaii service which each Alaska Airlines and United provide (not to point out American and Delta).
Overnight they lastly introduced:
- that they do intend to fly to Hawaii
- they’re working to get planes licensed to fly lengthy distances overwater (“ETOPS” certification, Extended-range Twin-engine Operational Performance Standards often known as “Engines Turn or Passengers Swim”)
- they usually’ll promote tickets subsequent 12 months.
Oddly Southwest will begin flights utilizing Boeing 737-800 plane and never their new 737 MAXs though that’s short-term and overwater service will in the end be on the newer lengthy vary plane.
They’ve mentioned they’ll fly initially between California and Hawaii however haven’t introduced particular cities but, what date tickets go on sale, or what the date of inaugural service will likely be. Southwest additionally says they’re contemplating interisland flights inside Hawaii.
Surprising to many Southwest Airlines is the biggest service of home passengers. They provide a constant product that’s nice for brief haul, and leisure passengers profit from no checked baggage charges and boarding collectively it’s normally straightforward to get seats collectively at no further cost (Southwest has no preassigned seating). And they promise decrease fares than are at present available in the market.
However whereas Southwest has extra legroom than is commonplace on American and United, they do use the identical B/E Aerospace Meridien seats on their newer plane which I discover nice on my common Washington National – Austin flight however slimline seats for 5 hours could also be pushing it. And Southwest has advised up to now that they don’t plan to serve meals on their Hawaii flights both.