DALLAS (CBSDFW.COM/AP) — Southwest Airlines has completed a test flight from Oakland, California, to Honolulu to show federal aviation officials it should be authorized to begin scheduled flights from the U.S. mainland to Hawaii.

In a statement, the Dallas-based airline said the Tuesday flight was intended to demonstrate to the Federal Aviation Administration its long-range navigation and communications procedures and capabilities.

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Southwest has applied for FAA certification to fly to Honolulu and three other Hawaiian destinations from Oakland, San Jose, San Diego and Sacramento in California.

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No dates have been announced but the recent partial federal government shutdown delayed the federal regulatory approval process.

A Southwest Boeing 737 lands at Los Angeles International Airport on May 24, 2018. (DANIEL SLIM/AFP/Getty Images)

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