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Southwest attendants clear path for Hawaii flights

By Associated Press

LAST UPDATED: 11:01 a.m. HST, Sep 21, 2012

DALLAS » Southwest Airlines is one step closer to flying to Hawaii.

Flight attendants have approved contract changes that will allow the carrier to operate flights to the islands and near-international destinations.

The Transport Workers Union said Friday that 52.3 percent of flight attendants who voted favored the agreement while 47.7 percent opposed it.

Union officials say the deal should help Dallas-based Southwest grow and help flight attendants.

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64hoo wrote:
no charge for luggage and you can change your flight without getting penelize so all the rest of you outer island airlines better not charge us for baggage and changing flights
on September 21,2012 | 11:34AM
Anonymous wrote:
Read the bottom line...there are penalties for changing flights...I found out a month ago !!!!!
on September 21,2012 | 10:50PM
vapors wrote:
Good, now more room on the classier airlines saving Hawaii!
on September 21,2012 | 12:05PM
Dizzle wrote:
Agreed! Cattle Car 737 to HNL, no FC, no thanks. Also no danger of sitting next to allie....
on September 21,2012 | 12:43PM
Anonymous wrote:
I fly Southwest a lot on the mainland...front point A to point B it's OK...after that fly another airline
on September 21,2012 | 10:51PM
go4it wrote:
It would be nice if Southwest could fire the 47% who opposed the flights and hire associates who want to work.
on September 21,2012 | 12:07PM
Wonderful_World wrote:
I agree--how rude of them. Why wouldn't you want to come to Hawaii!
on September 21,2012 | 12:17PM
DiverDave wrote:
Can't wait. I've got a Southwest Visa with about 6 or 7 trips stacked up right now. I'm going to start dreaming where to go. Yahoo!
on September 21,2012 | 03:38PM
dunderhead wrote:
It would be nice if your boss fired you when you didn't like something at work... do you work?
on September 21,2012 | 05:33PM
vapors wrote:
Good, now more room on the classier airlines serving Hawaii!!! Southwest isn't bringing anything to Hawaii that other airlines don't already offer. I wouldn't be surprised that one day soon they start charging for bags. Especially for the Hawaii flights, cause of all the stuff that's stuffed into checked luggage. No meals inflight, no IFE, not cheap like they tout. I'll stick with Alaska Airlines!
on September 21,2012 | 12:11PM
allie wrote:
cool airline
on September 21,2012 | 12:20PM
Bumby wrote:
Competition should help us get a lower cost to travel to and from the mainland. I wonder if they will be able to get inter-island routes too.
on September 21,2012 | 12:22PM
pridon wrote:
I've been waiting for a longtime. I've used SWA on a number of occasions. I had non refundable reservations when 9/11 occurred. Meeting I was going to was cancelled. SWA refunded the money. Also have had to change reservations. Was able to save fudns and use them later - no penalty. I suspect they will prcie some seats at the low end of HAL. Advance purcahse $389 R/T.
on September 21,2012 | 12:28PM
cojef wrote:
Miss Aloha, out of Orange County (John Wayne). Hope they use OC. Yes, we live in OC. Hawaiian R/T cost me over $800 for self and spouse. No competition from other major airlines.
on September 21,2012 | 01:39PM
Anonymous wrote:
Southwest.....PLEASE start an inter-island service as well. The Hawaiian Air monopoly must end.
on September 21,2012 | 12:52PM
jakwa wrote:
on September 21,2012 | 01:20PM
dunderhead wrote:
This will NEVER happen, they don't have the right aircraft type to do it and they WILL NOT buy anything other than Boeing 737's. And no, these are not the same 737's that Aloha used for island hopping.
on September 21,2012 | 05:30PM
hon2255 wrote:
Dunder dum dum. The 737 800 flies across the pacific. Alaska air and united already use them Alaska flies all their flights to Hawaii using 737.
on September 21,2012 | 06:34PM
downeykp wrote:
I believe that SWA has bought quite a few 737-800s that are ETOPS certified for over water routes. The same type of planes that Alaska flies to the Islands.
on September 21,2012 | 06:54PM
Forever_Grateful wrote:
AGREE !! Can't believe a RT ticket to outer Island is almost $200 with a corporate account. Hawaiian Air needs some competition and GO isn't really competition. Go is like flying in a tin can.
on September 21,2012 | 10:27PM
bigislandkurt wrote:
No charge for luggage but I gotta admit. No frills is no frills. Crappy planes each time I've flown southwest. No can beat the price though.
on September 21,2012 | 12:56PM
Maneki_Neko wrote:
Outstanding! Can't wait!
on September 21,2012 | 12:57PM
akuman808 wrote:
Great news for the islands. Well run airlines that has a network of mainland connections and destinations. Flying into Orange County (John Wayne Airport) vs. LAX is one example. Hopefully they will allow LV to Hono/outer island direct flights.
on September 21,2012 | 01:19PM
hon2255 wrote:
We can connect all the way to Orlando Florida with S. west!
on September 21,2012 | 06:40PM
HAJAA1 wrote:
We will see how long they go without charging for luggage, etc. Or when Hawn Air will remove that fee. Should be interesitng indeed.
on September 21,2012 | 01:20PM
hon2255 wrote:
Hawaiian not going to take it away. They make too much charging for every freaking thing
on September 21,2012 | 06:40PM
hawaiianmickey wrote:
First of all no one wants to do inter island flight. It does not make any money Why do you think they fly directly to the outer island from the west coast. Don't blame the flight attendants who voted against it until you see the contract that was presented to them. Do believe no baggage fees until it is says so on its website. There might be an exception because of the route. Have you ever flown on a 737 like Alaska or Aloha. It is so small. Talk about flying in a sardine can. Plus there is no room to walk around on an1 aisle plane. Alask Atr is the one whose going to hurt the most. They fly similar planes.
on September 21,2012 | 01:28PM
hon2255 wrote:
Mikey go fly Allegient air Mickey then you'll really be a whiner
on September 21,2012 | 06:37PM
hanoz808 wrote:
i like them. i used them alot when i fly to the mainland to get in btwn states. it'll be good competition for hawaiian.
on September 21,2012 | 02:19PM
BlueDolphin53 wrote:
I don't think Hawaiian needs the competition for mainland flights. They have a lot of that. The competition needs to come from the neighbor island market. That's where Hawaiian gouges the flying public.
on September 21,2012 | 02:37PM
Wazdat wrote:
For those of you who like flying on the Greyhound of the air, HAVE FUN.
on September 21,2012 | 04:23PM
Maneki_Neko wrote:
Just watch. Competitive pressure will force monopoly operator Hawaiian to shape up and stop taking advantage of us. I mean. flying is just riding a bus with wings. What counts is cost, timely departures. safety and reliability. Not the froo-fraw that Hawaiian peddles just to raise rates. You guys like pay extra so you get some minimum level goodies, go ahead. Makes for a better marketplace if we got two carriers with differentiated services. But Hawaii people are basically cheap - we like good deals and reliable, basic performance.
on September 21,2012 | 05:14PM
al_kiqaeda wrote:
A few decades ago no one thought Hawaiian's lovely lady would be on the tail of anything bigger than a DC-9. Don't be surpised if that funky blue and red paint gets sprayed onto some bigger equipment some day.
on September 22,2012 | 12:30AM
hon2255 wrote:
Pay for first waz and fly anyway u want
on September 21,2012 | 06:36PM
Classic_59Chevy wrote:
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on September 21,2012 | 05:35PM
hon2255 wrote:
Southwest direct to Vegas baby!!
on September 21,2012 | 06:42PM
Living_Large wrote:
I enjoy Southwest while traveling in the states. I'm sure they will provide excellent service to the islands.
on September 21,2012 | 05:55PM
DocValley wrote:
Southwest flies a variety of 737s including the 800s that can fly between Hawaii and the Mainland - just like United. They also have the 300s and 400s that can serve the inter-island travel. It's a good airline, no frills, but for the price, it's as good as it gets. Lucky you live Hawaii!
on September 21,2012 | 06:58PM
CloudForest wrote:
This will make a VERY BIG DIFFERENCE.
on September 21,2012 | 08:01PM
star08 wrote:
Bye, bye, Go!
on September 21,2012 | 08:59PM
Forever_Grateful wrote:
I've heard all good things about Southwest Airlines - including that folks can AFFORD to travel !! Welcome !!
on September 21,2012 | 10:24PM
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