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Southwest says it has gained U.S. approval for Hawaii flights





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    Giving the shaka sign, Southwest Airlines captain Scott van Ooyen flew the airline's first plane into Hawaii on Feb. 5. Southwest Airlines says it has got government approval to start flights between California and Hawaii, capping a long effort that was delayed by the government shutdown.


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DALLAS >> Southwest Airlines says it has gained government approval to start flights between California and Hawaii, capping a long effort that was delayed by the government shutdown.

The airline's chief operating officer, Mike Van de Ven, was appointed employees of the Federal Aviation Administration.

Van de Ven says Southwest will announce timing for selling tickets and beginning flights in the coming days. ] Southwest plans to launch flights to Hawaii from four cities in California.

The airline needed FAA certification of its ability to operate long, over-water flights where the options for emergency landings are few. In recent weeks Southwest has operated several test flights with FAA personnel on board to monitor such things as navigation and communications.


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