Southwest Airlines Set for First Test Flight to Hawaii

Feb. 5, 2019
Southwest will need regulators to sign off on the airline's ability to operate the flights safely since their path will take them more than an hour from the closest airport.

Southwest Airlines is making its maiden voyage to Hawaii this week — but there won't be any vacationers aboard.

Federal safety inspectors will fly on the Boeing 737-800 from Oakland to Honolulu in a key step for the low-cost airline's process of getting government approval to begin commercial flights to the islands.

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