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
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 has completed checks on the rest of its 35,500 engine fan blades and found no signs of the cracking that's been blamed in the fatal engine failure onboard last month's Flight 1380.The company's CEO Gary Kelly said there were "no findings" ahead the company's annual shareholders meeting held Wednesday in Annapolis, Maryland, according to Bloomberg News."So it's a very positive report," Kelly said.The company has sent several dozen blades to manufacturer General Electric for further inspection, although Kelly said he did not expect it would turn up any problems. Some of those blades had coating anomalies and were sent to GE "out of an abundance of caution," Chief Operating Officer Mike Van de Ven told Bloomberg.The Southwest announcement came on the same day federal regulators asked airlines to speed up inspections of older fan blades on engines of the type involved in the April accident.The Dallas-based carrier said Wednesday that it is wrapping up an audit to ensure … [Read more...] about Southwest Airlines finishes engine fan blade checks after Flight 1380 accident
Southwest Airlines is holding major fare sale from now until midnight on Friday, May 18.The sale covers non-stop domestic tickets for travel between June 5 and October 31, 2018.Discount tickets are available for as low as $49 one-way or $98 roundtrip.The sale includes several dozen of Southwest's most popular destinations around the US. Southwest Airlines is holding a massive four-day fare sale just in the time for the summer travel season to kick into high gear. From now until midnight on Friday, the Dallas-based low-cost carrier is offering tickets for as low as $49.The covers several dozen of Southwest's most popular destinations including flights to and from Atlanta (ATL), Austin (AUS), Baltimore (BWI), Boston (BOS), Chicago (MDW), Dallas (DAL), Denver (DEN), Houston (HOU), Las Vegas (LAS), Los Angeles (LAX), New York (LGA), Washington D.C. (DCA), and many more. Some of the standout deals include $49 one-way tickets between Atlanta and Orlando or $98 roundtrip. There … [Read more...] about Major airline is selling discount one-way tickets for as low as $49 until Friday