Come on, Southwest, get us to Hawaii already! I’m craving some aloha, a cup of Kona coffee, and an authentic poke bowl. I’ve been following the Hawaii-Southwest saga since early August. Next the October start date for service came and went and still no word from Southwest Airlines on its expansion to Hawaii. Disappointing, to say the least.
Southwest says it’s close to clearing a key hurdle.
It comes down to attaining extended twin-engine operations (ETOPS) certification. SWA is awaiting approval for their flight manuals, after which they will set exercises and proving flights across the Pacific. We will know when these flights are occurring, so they obviously haven’t yet begun. You can read more about it here. Or read here for a more in depth look at the news.
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Gambling isn’t legal in Hawaii, but if it was I’d place a bet that no way are we going to see seats for sale on SWA to Hawaii before 2018 ends. Seeing them offered in the beginning of 2019 would be nice, but I wouldn’t make plans around that happening. In any event, I’ll keep you in the island loop with updates as they happen. I’m looking forward to a huge Hawaii airfare sale when we finally do get to say aloha from the seat of a SWA plane!