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Southwest Airlines is now flying to Hawaii

 

Southwest Airlines is now flying to Hawaii, once their planes are fitted with rafts. Then they will be able to fly over the Pacific Ocean. More and more options are becoming available for travel to Hawaii. This is great, because the more choices, the better the ticket price, which we all like. So it’s getting better every day to plan a trip to your favorite destination.

Southwest Airlines is now flying to HawaiiFlight attendants approve contract changes that would allow service expansions to cross-water destinations.

DALLAS — Southwest Airlines is one step closer to flying to Hawaii.

Flight attendants approved contract changes that will allow the carrier to operate flights to the islands and nearby international destinations that require flying over oceans or the Gulf of Mexico.

The Transport Workers Union said Friday that 52.3 percent of flight attendants voted in favor of the agreement, while 47.7 percent opposed it. They rejected an earlier proposal in May.

Southwest Airlines is now flying to Hawaii

Union officials say the deal should help flight attendants as Dallas-based Southwest grows beyond the 48 contiguous states.

“The industry is changing, and a lot of other airlines are securing these routes,” said Stacy K. Martin, president of the flight attendants’ union local. “We didn’t want to inhibit Southwest.”

Flight attendants will be required to get passports but the company will reimburse them for expenses.

Southwest pilots voted in June to approve overwater flights.

Airlines are required to carry special equipment such as rafts when they fly over water more than 50 miles from shore. Southwest will need those changes to fly to Hawaii and Puerto Rico.

By 2014, it expects to upgrade its reservations system to sell flights to Mexico and other close international sites that also require overwater flying. Southwest’s AirTran Airways subsidiary already flies to Mexico and the Caribbean.

Southwest Airlines is now flying to Hawaii and they are a great airline to use when flying to the Hawaiian Islands…

~~Aloha Nui Loa

 

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