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July 01, 2014

Southwest launches international service

For the first time, a Southwest Airlines plane departed an airport heading for an international destination.

The Dallas-based carrier, which has operated international flights with its AirTran subsidiary, started flying international routes from Baltimore/Washington airport on Tuesday.

Flight 1804 from BWI to Oranjestad, Aruba left at 8:30 a.m. EDT, followed by Flight 906 to Montego Bay, Jamaica. Later in the morning, another flight left for Nassau/Paradise Island.

The airline has previously announced it will convert all of AirTran's existing international service to Mexico and the Dominican Republic by the end of the year.

Video courtesy of Southwest Airlines

-Andrea Ahles

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