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The Southwest Airlines 737 MAX aircraft made a stop at San Francisco International Airport on Monday to meet with Delta Air Lines Inc., which announced it will be flying Southwest Airlines flights to and from Orlando, Fla., beginning on Oct. 1.
Delta also announced a new deal with Southwest that will allow the airlines to offer flights to Orlando from Oct. 15 through Feb. 16.
The new Southwest deal is the third with Southwest in the last year.
Southwest is currently selling flights to New York and Los Angeles from the same airports, but has had limited success with those cities.
Southwest, however, has been able to sell its new Southwest Connect service, which allows customers to make connections to major cities on their phones, to smaller cities such as Portland, Ore., and Atlanta.
Southwestern is a wholly owned subsidiary of United Airlines Corp. The company is based in San Antonio, Tex., but its operations are in the United States and Canada.
Southeast, which has a fleet of more than 100 aircraft, also announced it would expand its service to New Orleans, which is in the Caribbean.
The airline has expanded service to the Dominican Republic, Panama and Trinidad and Tobago since 2013.
Southwest said it will also offer a service to Puerto Rico from Oct, 19 through Feb, 20.
Southastrategies Southwest has previously been testing a new Southwest Flyer service that will connect customers to the new Southwest Express service from Dallas and Austin to Orlando, Miami, Fort Lauderdale, Orlando, Fort Myers, Fort Wayne, Miami Beach, Pompano Beach and Orlando City, Fla.
Southwest’s Southwest Flyers are the most advanced in the industry.
SouthWest is also expanding its service into Mexico, where it will offer two-way flights to Mexico City, Tegucigalpa, Mexico and Guadalajara, Mexico, starting Oct. 19.
SouthAmerica flights will operate from Los Angeles to the United Arab Emirates and from Dubai to the Dubai International Airport.
Southwest says it will begin flying Southwest Flye service from New York’s JFK Airport to San Francisco, Calif., and from Newark Liberty International Airport to the San Francisco Bay Area from Oct., 19 through April 6.
The flights will be operated by Southwest Airlines.
SouthAir and Southwest have both been testing the new Delta Airline Express service, as well.
Delta has announced it is expanding its Southwest Connect route to Phoenix, Arizona, and Las Vegas, Nev., beginning Oct. 24.
Delta said the flights will begin connecting customers to Las Vegas from Oct.-Jan. 3.
Southwest will operate Southwest Connect services in both cities.
Southwest has expanded its Southwest Express flights to Miami, Phoenix and Orlando.