Southwest Airlines plans to launch flights between the continental U.S. and Hawaii, a move that will test the limits of Southwest’s service model given the distance of the flights. The airline has applied to the FAA for the extended-range twin-engine operations (ETOPS) approval for the Boeing 737-8 that will be needed to fly to Hawaii. Southwest started operating nine 737-8 aircraft at the beginning of October. The airline said it will start selling Hawaii flight tickets next year, ...

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