Airliner to offer flights to Hawaii in 2018

Airliner to offer flights to Hawaii in 2018

U.S. low-priced giant Southwest Airlines will begin sales for Hawaii flights in 2018, and will serve the popular leisure destination from California. Once approved, he said, Southwest will fly most of its routes from California to Kauai, Honolulu and the island of Hawaii.

Southwest Chairman and CEO Gary Kelly called the announcement a "day long-awaited" by customers, fans and employees.

Southwest Airlines will soon have flights from the mainland to Hawaii, the company announced. "We're ready and excited to address a request we've heard for years", Kelly said. Add Southwest to your list of potential airliners as they'll begin selling tickets in 2018.

Southwest will become the sixth U.S. airline serving Hawaii from the contiguous USA, FlightGlobal schedules data show. But earlier this month it became the first USA carrier to take delivery of the new Boeing 737 Max, a longer range version of Boeing's workhorse single aisle jet.

"We anticipate fares will drop", Watterson told the Times.

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Looking ahead for a tropical vacation in Hawaii? Southwest is now operating nine MAX 8s and expects to have 14 in service by the end of the year.

American, United, Delta, Alaska Airlines and Hawaiian Airlines all offer service to and from Hawaii, and analysts will be watching to see if Southwest's entry has any effect on prices.

Watterson said the airline, which is the first operator for the Boeing 737 MAX 8 aircraft, will use those 175-seat planes for Hawaii service.

Southwest Chief Revenue Officer Andrew Watterson says the airline can't give a date for when flights will begin as it depends on when it receives the FAA certification.

"Our seat-mile costs are below (other airlines serving Hawaii) and we will offer lower fares than now are in the marketplace".

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