Southwest Airlines began flying to Hawaii in March 2019 to take advantage of its new Boeing 737 MAX 8s' ETOPS certification. Flights
began using the 737-800 due to the aircraft's grounding. Southwest Airlines now serves Hawaii from eight West Coast gateways and many interisland services
Alaska Airlines will add Seattle Paine Field International Airport (PAE) to its seven West Coast gateways to Hawaii in November 2023. The oneworld member flies
Southwest Airlines and Alaska Airlines compete on many Hawaiian routes with American Airlines, United Airlines, Delta Air Lines, and Hawaiian Airlines.
Southwest Airlines presently utilizes more West Coast airports to serve Hawaii than Alaska Airlines, but that will change in November when both carriers will use eight.
However, save for LAX, SAN, and SJC, the two airlines have few departure points in common. Alaska Airlines is more prevalent in the Pacific Northwest and Alaska
Alaska Airlines and Southwest Airlines fly the Boeing 737 to Hawaii. Southwest Airlines has 817 737s, while Alaska Airlines has 219, according to ch-aviation.com.
Alaska Airlines has three classes on its 737s: first, premium economy, and economy. Southwest Airlines is all-economy.
This gives customers more options for comfort on their 5-6-hour flight. Oneworld frequent travelers can earn and use Alaska Airlines miles.
Southwest Airlines prides itself on complimentary entertainment on Hawaii trips. The carrier charges $8 for onboard WiFi. Alaska Airlines offers free movies