American’s domestic destination map has remained largely unchanged for several years, however, for July the carrier added a small detail that we think will be useful to passengers - it highlighted its hub cities.
We understand - even if we don’t agree - why American does not show routes, the map would be a bit of a mess. But without routes, the average passenger has no sense of where the airline is big, in other words where its hubs are. The simple addition of highlighting the city names provides some context to the airline’s network.
While a fairly standard destination map - though it does add some topographical depth - the map uses different colours to denote destinations by country. We find this curious as, in 2015, does it really matter what country a city is in?
While we’re disappointed that BA did not use the diagrammatic approach to maps that was used through the 1970s here, this map certainly is more legible to users. One interesting distortion is the size of Europe - the largest area of BA’s network - and relative shrunken size of Africa, Australia and South America.
The circular approach to the map, which we understand as representing the globe with Seoul at the centre, seems a standard trope for Asian carriers of the era. JAL used a circle for this 1981 timetable map.
The circle works for Korean Air’s then simple network but, as in JAL’s case, quickly becomes complicated.
#Onthisday in 1971, Southwest Airlines began intrastate operations in Texas. The “Love Bird” service out of Dallas Love Field offered twelve daily round-trip flights from Dallas to Houston and six round-trip flights from Dallas to San Antonio on Boeing 737-200s. Since starting service, Southwest has the distinction of almost exclusively operating the Boeing 737 family, except for a brief period when the airline operated Boeing 727s. The airline inaugurated service to SFO in 1982. Have you ever flown on Southwest Airlines?
Image: Southwest Airlines poster, 1980s. Gift of Thomas G. Dragges. 2015.109.078
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Southwest poster map, 1983
A Southwest Airlines poster destination map from late 1983. While the poster is undated, we know it was published after flights began to Denver Stapleton in May 1983 and before Little Rock was added in February 1984.
We’re a fan of Southwest’s keeping with its LUV branding by using a heart to signify destinations, something they also used on this January 1984 map.