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Southwest Airlines say aloha to Hawaii

Southwest Airlines say aloha to Hawaii

Southwest President Tom Nealon said the airline's new service will be "a game-changer in the US -to-Hawaii market during an announcement from Honolulu's Waikiki Beach". Travelers have wanted Southwest to offer flights to Hawaii for years, and Kelly said it's one of the top questions from employees.

Southwest Chairman and CEO Gary Kelly called the announcement a "day long-awaited" by customers, fans and employees. "We're ready and excited to address a request we've heard for years".

The company will begin selling tickets to Hawaii in 2018, but further specifics on the flights were not immediately disclosed.

In a Wednesday statement about the new service Southwest said it was announcing its "intention to launch an application process for Federal Aviation Administration authorization".

At the beginning of this month, Southwest became the first airline in North America to launch scheduled service utilizing Boeing 737 MAX 8 aircraft across its existing network, bringing increased levels of efficiency and range over Next Generation Boeing 737 models.

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Southwest Airlines could be coming to the Aloha State very soon.

Service details are to be announced at a later date, according to Southwest Airlines.

As for ticket prices, Watterson said, Southwest officials have looked at how much other carriers charge for flights to Hawaii and believe the carrier can charge less.

Boeing and Southwest must wait for FAA approval for long over-the-water passenger flights for the 737 Max before it can begin service. Southwest is now operating nine MAX 8s and expects to have 14 in service by the end of the year.

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