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Southwest claims to have US approval for flights to Hawaii





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    On February 5th, Southwest Airlines captain Scott van Ooyen flew the company's first Hawaii-bound aircraft. Southwest Airlines announced that the government had given it permission to launch flights between California and Hawaii. .

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DALLAS >> Southwest Airlines said the government had given it permission to start flights between California and Hawaii, limiting a long effort delayed by the government's closure.

The airline's chief operating officer, Mike Van de Ven, told employees today that the Federal Aviation Administration has granted this authorization.

According to Van de Ven, Southwest will announce the time of ticket sales and the start of flights in the coming days.

Southwest plans to launch flights to Hawaii from four cities in California.

The airline needed an FAA certification attesting to its ability to operate long flights on the water, where emergency landing options were scarce. In recent weeks, Southwest has conducted several test flights with FAA personnel onboard to monitor items such as navigation and communications.


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