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Southwest Airlines Makes First Proving Flight For ETOPS Cert


"Southwest Airlines appears to be inching ever-closer to launching its long-anticipated service to Hawaii.

The carrier plans to make its first flight to the state this week, the airline confirmed Monday.

But there won’t be any passengers on board. Instead, the flight from Oakland, California, to Honolulu, will be a proving flight that’s part of Southwest’s effort to secure the "ETOPS" certification it needs from the Federal Aviation Administration to operate long overwater flights with its two-engine Boeing 737 jets."




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