Throwback Thursday
Southwest Air Lines Boeing 737 in Japan (Photo: By FotoNoir - Southwest Air Lines Boeing 737-2Q3 (JA8467/706/22367), CC BY-SA 2.0,

TBT (Throwback Thursday) in Aviation History: Southwest Air Lines in Japan

With the Japanese islands of Ryukyu becoming a popular domestic tourist destination, airlines made moves to provide flights to the island chain. One of these carriers was Southwest Air Lines which started operations throughout the island chain in 1967 with a single Convair 240. The airline based its operations around the city of Naha in the Okinawa Prefecture, and found early success throughout the island, allowing it to add more Convair 240s and expand to more islands. Southwest realized that…