Southwest Airlines will soon have flights from the mainland to Hawaii, the company announced.
Southwest Airlines CEO Gary Kelly said, "A day long-awaited by our Customers, fans, and more than 55,000 of the world's most-loved airline Employees is finally within sight -- a day that will showcase your Hospitality, about as far Southwest as you can go in the U.S. Hawaii is an important place for Southwest Airlines because so many people count on us to take them everywhere they want to go reliably and affordably. We're ready and excited to address a request we've heard for years."
The company will begin selling tickets to Hawaii in 2018, but further specifics on the flights were not immediately disclosed.
You heard that right. We're thrilled to share our intention to bring our world-famous hospitality and value to the Hawaiian Islands! pic.twitter.com/NoVNXlsSH7
— Southwest Airlines (@SouthwestAir) October 12, 2017
Southwest says its new Boeing 737 MAX 8 aircraft will be used for flights to and from Hawaii. The company said it will begin the process to approve the aircraft with the FAA very soon.