What we’re reading: AA’s initial 777-300ER schedule, A320 seats for the obese, SWA’s history at Hobby


American Airlines announces initial Boeing 777-300ER schedule

Last week, American Airlines announced the initial routes for their new 777-300ER planes.

On Dec. 13, the Dallas/Fort Worth – Sao Paulo route will be the first to feature the newest addition to American’s fleet. In February, the aircraft will fly to London Heathrow from both Dallas/Fort Worth and New York JFK.

Airbus offers planes with wider seats for obese

In order to accommodate passengers of size, Airbus is offering US airlines who purchase the A320 the option of buying two 50cm wide (19 inch) seats on either side of the aisle rather than three 45cm wide (17 inch) seats.

Airbus wants to make the most of the fact that its medium-range airliner is wider-bodied than the 737 from US rival Boeing.

“These seats are not meant just for overweight passengers,” aircraft interiors director Zuzana Hrnkova told journalists on Thursday.

Flashback Fridays: The start of Southwest’s long tradition of serving Houston Hobby

Southwest Airlines’ blogger Brian Lusk discovered a box of uncut negatives from the early days of the airline serving Houston Hobby. In his blog, he looks back at the start of service from that airport.

[We’ll be] … sharing these images with you over the next month or so to celebrate our 41st birthday. Let’s begin with Houston Hobby. The current terminal site opened in 1954, and all the airlines moved to Intercontinental (now George Bush Intercontinental) in 1969. Those airlines spent at most 15 years at the site.

(Photo: Boeing)