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Southwest Airlines to provide inter island service.

Discussion in 'US - Hawaii Timesharing' started by jehb2, Aug 7, 2018.

  1. jehb2

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    https://www.southwest.com/html/air/newservicehawaii.html

    "We also intend to provide interisland service, so you can fly between the Hawaiian Islands with us, too."

    Has this already been discussed here? I was just looking for an update regarding Southwest service to Hawaii and this is the first I heard of this.
     
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    That is a nice link. First I've seen in one place that lays it out so specifically. My hope is they would eventually expand service to fly from/to Seattle as well. California may be closer, but there are a lot folks here in the Pacific Northwest who like to fly to Hawaii too. If we have to add a hop to a California city, it's going to add to the cost, which may make Southwest a nonstarter for a vacation in Hawaii. :)

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    I'm waiting. We still haven't booked flights for our annual trip in March. Part of that is because we don't have firm dates for the second week. But waiting may pay off in this case.
     
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    That would entail a battle directly with Alaska on Alaska's home turf. I could envision a fare war. Far more likely for SW to use their Oakland 'hub' and let Alaska hold their predominance from Seattle. Either way, I'm not fond of long-haul (5+hour) flights in single aisle aircraft.

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    Boy would it be nice if they started flights by next June for our trip! Fingers crossed.
     
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    I thought I saw interisland before; but thinking it may be relatively limited service (at least to start). Guess time will tell.
     
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    I know it has beaten to death (bring back the horse), but what does the number of aisles have to do with comfort on a longer trip? Nothing worse than sitting in the middle of the middle seats on a 2 aisle aircraft.
     
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    We have held off booking our flights for March also. With companion pass it should be a substantial savings, even having to get to CA. Crossing our fingers it’s October!


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    I agree with middle seats are undesirable and I don't book those unless I have to change flights right near the end and there are no other alternatives. The 2 seats by the windows are certainly preferred. However, the 2 aisles give a better opportunity to walk around and stretch your legs on a long flight. We do that about 4 times on the direct flight from NY to Honolulu.

    By the way while I love Southwest unless it gives good connections from Islip to Honolulu it will not be our choice since I know there will be a least one stop. If they make it only 1 stop that would be OK. Hawaiian Airlines direct flights can't be beat.
     
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    Oh c'mon. Lots of worse things. Cancer. A pregnant unmarried daughter. Losing your job. Finding your spouse with your best friend. Sure, middle seats are a PITA, but hey, you have two opportunities to make a new friend. It could certainly be worse. My point was that with 2 aisles you can get up and walk around (speaking as one who's had DVT). With single aisle planes, there are drink carts, lines for the john, etc.
     
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    Well. . . .as W.C. Fields once said "Anything worth having is worth cheating for".

    With Southwest you can build a surrogate "business class" seat set - if you are willing to spend the money.

    A couple can buy 3 seats. (Look under "customers of size"). Lift up the seat arms, and you have plenty of side room. Plus you can stick your small carry on under the middle seat's underseat storage area, instead of cramping your own feet. Still 32 inch pitch (no way to dodge that), and the seats are the same, but if you caught a sale. . . .
     
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    Just remember that it is primarily the Airbus A330 variants and Boeing 767 variants that are 2-4-2 configurations. Many/most Boeing 777, and almost all of the new 787 configurations, are 3-3-3 or 3-4-3. I think American's 777-200s still have 2 seats by the windows, but their 777-300s and (I think) all of the 777s operated by United and Delta have three seats along the sides.
     
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    :banana:Companion pass here I come
     
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    Not just a battle with Alaska, but with Delta as well, as Delta builds Seattle as a hub for Pacific flights. Family is on Kauai now, and one of them flew to Lihue from Seattle on Delta.
     

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