Southwest Airlines has the people, equipment and schedule “ready to go” for when it launches its long-awaited service to Hawaii, but is still waiting on the green light from the Federal Aviation Administration, company officials said Thursday. The Dallas-based carrier has been working for about a year to get itself certified to operate extended over-water flight from California to Hawaii, a certification the formerly short-haul heavy airline hadn’t needed before.The process typically takes 12 to 18 months, the company’s chief operating officer Mike Van de Ven said Thursday during an earnings call with analysts. The company has repeatedly said it hopes to begin selling tickets to Hawaii before the end of 2018.The certification, known as ETOPS, is meant to ensure that airlines take extra precautions for longer flights and are prepared to deal with an in-flight emergency — like losing an engine, cabin decompression or a medical issue … [Read more...] about Southwest Airlines is almost ready to go to Hawaii. What’s left before launching the first flight?
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Fliers, FAA, competing airlines, keep close eye on details Chris McGinnis, Tim Jue Updated 8:50 am PDT, Tuesday, October 16, 2018 The biggest question of the year: When will Southwest Airlines flights take off for Hawaii? And how much will it cost? The biggest question of the year: When will Southwest Airlines flights take off for Hawaii? And how much will it cost? Photo: Jim Glab Today Southwest announced the four California cities from which it will fly to Hawaii Today Southwest announced the four California cities from which it will fly to Hawaii Southwest Airlines will fly from Oakland to Hawaii (Photo: Port of Oakland) Southwest Airlines will fly from Oakland to Hawaii (Photo: Port of Oakland) Photo: Port Of Oakland This week Southwest Airlines reveal four cities it would fly to in Hawaii This week Southwest Airlines reveal four … [Read more...] about Southwest Airlines flights to Hawaii: An update on what we know so far
Sections SEARCH Skip to content Skip to site index Business Day Subscribe Log In Subscribe Log In Today’s Paper Advertisement Supported by ByMihir Zaveri Oct. 6, 2018 In the 30 years he’s worked at Alaska Airlines, Ray Prentice has never actually heard of a miniature horse boarding one of its flights. But with a new policy that went into effect this week, the airline has left the possibility open. Miniature horses have joined dogs and cats as one of the three animals expressly allowed on board as service animals, which are trained to assist someone with a disability. A miniature horse — usually between two and three feet tall and weighing between 70 and 100 pounds — would most likely be able to stand only in front of passengers seated in the front row of the cabin, Mr. Prentice, the airline’s director of customer advocacy, said. While the use of miniature horses as service animals is thought to be … [Read more...] about Miniature Horses Are Welcome on Alaska Airlines (But No Snakes, Please)
Some nice deals for non-holiday trips Chris McGinnis Updated 9:55 am PDT, Tuesday, October 2, 2018 Southwest kicked off a fare sale for the "dead weeks" with deals across the country, including Houston Hobby, pictured here. Southwest kicked off a fare sale for the "dead weeks" with deals across the country, including Houston Hobby, pictured here. Photo: Bill Montgomery, Houston Chronicle Southwest's specially painted "Florida One" at SJC for the inaugural Orlando nonstops Southwest's specially painted "Florida One" at SJC for the inaugural Orlando nonstops Photo: Mineta San Jose Airport Southwest Airlines fall winter sale is good.. but not as good as last year Southwest Airlines fall winter sale is good.. but not as good as last year Photo: David Zalubowski, Associated Press … [Read more...] about Southwest Airlines kicks off fall/winter fare sale
Southwest Airlines Co.'s dedication to an all-737 fleet entered a new phase Sunday as the carrier closed out deliveries of one generation of the jet and turned attention to the next. From now on, the airline will receive only 737 Max planes, the latest iteration of the narrow-body aircraft that is Boeing Co.'s largest source of profit. Southwest operates the biggest 737 fleet.Southwest first ordered 63 of Boeing's 737-700s in 1993, serving as the launch customer for the so-called Next Generation model and helping Boeing "move forward with the development of the -700 and -800 programs," Chief Executive Officer Gary Kelly said. It received the first of the aircraft in December 1997, and now operates 512 of the -700s and 202 -800s."We'll continue to fly these airplanes for many, many years to come," Kelly told employees in a regularly recorded message Monday. But in some ways, he said, the transition marks "the end of an era for this workhorse airplane.''Southwest is already flying about … [Read more...] about Southwest Airlines marks end of an era with delivery of last Boeing 737 Next Gen