Surprise, surprise! The Govt shutdown delays Southwest ETOPS certification. Plus, tickets for ANA’s A380 service are now available for purchase.
Government Shutdown Delays Southwest ETOPS Certification
As the Government Shutdown continues, its effects become more widespread. And one of those effects, according to the LA Times, is the furlough of FAA inspectors. These inspectors are critical for Southwest to complete its certification process.
At the last update, we found out that Southwest was on the final two stages of the ETOPS certification process. These two steps include the certification of tabletop exercises and validation flights. Both steps require heavy involvement from FAA inspectors. So, unfortunately, the longer the Government Shutdown continues, the longer we’ll have to wait for Southwest to begin its Hawaii service.
Government Shutdown Impacts in Hawaii
The delay of Southwest’s Hawaii service isn’t the only effect the Government Shutdown is having on the islands. After all, many of Hawaii’s most popular attractions are our National Parks and Monuments. Unfortunately, the National Park Service is under furlough due to the Shutdown. Fortunately, nonprofit organizations have been providing funding to keep certain sites like the Arizona Memorial open. That funding, however, is beginning to run out, and as a result, the sites may have to close. So keep this in mind
ANA A380 Tickets Now Onsale
We’re inching closer and closer to the commencement of ANA’s new A380 service to Hawaii. And, naturally, part of the process includes making tickets for these flights available for sale. Tickets for these flights, by the way, begin at $856 for a roundtrip economy class ticket. That’s not as cheap as I thought fares would have been, especially with the significant increase in capacity, but we’ll see how things evolve in the future. Award tickets, by the way, especially for premium classes, have limited availability.
Govt Shutdown Delays Southwest ETOPS + More, Final Thoughts
Clearly, the Government Shutdown is terrible. Thousands of fellow Americans are going without paychecks, making it difficult for them to pay for necessary living expenses, mortgages, and more. So, while the effects the impacts are having on our travels are unfortunate, the effects are so much worse. Here’s to hoping the Shutdown will end soon.