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Southwest makes its inaugural flight to the islands

  • Video by Bruce Asato.

    A Southwest Airlines jet arrived in Hawaii on Sunday without a hitch, marking the start of the carrier's service to the isles. The carrier's inaugural flight, appropriately numbered 6808, came from Oakland International Airport to Daniel K. Inouye International Airport. The 175-seat plane carried about 165 passengers -- a robust 94 percent load factor indicating that demand was high.

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    Ground personnel guide the first Southwest flight from Oakland, Calif., to Honolulu into its gate at Daniel K. Inouye International Airport.

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    Jennifer Maglaya and Derek Kahle from Los Angeles take a selfie after they flew on Southwest Airlines’ inaugural flight to Honolulu hoping to plan their wedding in Hawaii.

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    Southwest Airlines President Tom Nealon and Gov. David Ige, middle, untie a maile lei in a Hawaiian blessing ceremony.

Southwest Airlines President Tom Nealon marked the carrier’s debut of over-water service to the isles with a promise that “we’re in it to win it.” Read more

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