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Low-priced carrier Southwest to launch service to Hawaii

Low-priced carrier Southwest to launch service to Hawaii

Southwest Airlines made a major announcement this week about its plans to begin service to Hawaii.

Southwest is known for its competitive fares and customer service.

The Dallas airline began to fly outside the U.S.in 2014 when it took over flights to the Caribbean from its subsidiary AirTrans.

When he was in Phoenix for Southwest's annual shareholders meeting in May, Kelly said for the first time that flights to Hawaii are a priority for the airline and suggested 2018 would be the year.

Southwest will begin a process to obtain approval from the Federal Aviation Administration for Extended Operations, a regulatory requirement to operate between the mainland and the Hawaiian Islands.

Southwest Chief Revenue Officer Andrew Watterson said the airline can't give a date for when its planes will start flying over the Pacific Ocean as it depends on when it receives the FAA certification.

President Tom Nealon joined the announcement via satellite from Honolulu's famed Waikiki Beach and introduced the Governor of Hawaii, the Hon.

"We anticipate fares will drop", he said. The flights will utilize Southwest's newly acquired Boeing 737 MAX 8 aircraft, which the airline explains is the next generation of the 737 models.

"Our seat-mile costs are below (other airlines serving Hawaii) and we will offer lower fares than now are in the marketplace". "One hundred and seventy-five seats in a 737-800 is a different scale of economy and we can keep costs low by higher efficiencies".

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