Thursday, October 12, 2017

Southwest planning Hawaii flights but not for this Diva unless it adds business class

Being cramped in seats for 5 or more hours not my way to fly

What's more I want seat selection

Patti Pietschmann

Go ahead call me a Diva but when I fly to Hawaii, which is often, I want to be comfy, cozy in First or Business class.  But as I understand, since I haven't flown it in awhile, budget-saver Southwest Airlines is all economy all the time.

I usually fly Delta to the islands but my ears perked up when I heard that Southwest is flirting with the idea to fly to the Big Island, Kauai and Oahu. But then I remembered about the no seat assignments etc. unless you pay for Business Select for which you get priority boarding and a free drink and fast lane through TSA lines, but no more leg room or bigger seat. But of course the fare is right for  and popular with non-discerning flyers on a budget. A friend who flies Southwest often from coast to coast likes the cost and service and doesn't mind a little inconvience.

Southwest Airlines Co. is planning on selling tickets in 2018 for service to Hawaii, "A day long-awaited by our customers, fans, and more than 55,000 of the world's most-loved airline Employees is finally within sight—a day that will showcase your hospitality, about as far Southwest as you can go in the U.S.," chairman & CEO Gary Kelly told thousands of Southwest Employees at a Company gathering in Southern California. "Hawaii is an important place for Southwest Airlines because so many people count on us to take them everywhere they want to go reliably and affordably. We're ready and excited to address a request we've heard for years."
Southwest President Tom Nealon joined the announcement via satellite from Honolulu's famed Waikiki Beach and introduced the Governor of Hawaii, the Hon. David Ige, who shared his welcome with Southwest Employees. "The unmatched combination of our people and low fares with nothing to hide will be a game-changer in the U.S. to Hawaii market," Nealon said in accepting the Governor's invitation.
The Company's aircraft and available seat miles plans for 2018 are unchanged with today's announcement.