American Airlines expanding airplanes in Columbia
COLUMBIA- The City of Columbia and American Airlines announced on Monday that American Airlines will begin using larger aircraft. Mayor Bob McDavid said American Airlines would begin using the bigger aircraft beginning January 6, 2015 with flights between Columbia Regional Airport and Chicago O'Hare International Airport. Larger planes for flights between Columbia Regional Airport and Dallas/Fort Worth Airport will start February 12, 2015.
The larger jets will allow 65 passengers per flight compared to the current 44 or 50 passenger planes. The new aircraft will also feature both First Class and Main cabin seating, as well as being more fuel efficient than current aircraft.
Prior to Monday's announcement, it was speculated American Airlines would use larger jets on its flights from Columbia to Chicago and Dallas or would add a third destination.
The city said it's still in talks with airlines about adding a third or fourth destination.