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American reaches a milestone at DFW – 900 daily flights

American Airlines made this announcement:

American Airlines completed the next step in its journey of unprecedented growth today as the airline’s schedule at Dallas Fort Worth International Airport (DFW) grew to more than 900 daily flights for the first time this summer. The milestone enables more than 9,000 one-stop travel possibilities through DFW — more than any other airline hub in the world.

As previously announced, American is focused on strengthening its network by expanding operations at its most profitable hubs, with the majority of new flying being added at DFW and Charlotte Douglas International Airport (CLT). The airline has been incrementally adding 100 flights at DFW this summer, including inaugural service this week to Dublin (DUB); Munich (MUC); and Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic (SDQ). Throughout 2019, American has started service from DFW to 23 new markets and increased service to more than 80 existing markets. This growth marks the airline’s largest expansion at DFW in more than a decade.

Map: DFW International Airport.

To facilitate the growth at DFW, beginning today, American will operate mainline flights from gates B5 to B12 in Terminal B. These gates were previously used by American Eagle but have been resized to accommodate mainline aircraft and connect more customers. In May, the airline expanded its footprint to include 15 new gates in the Terminal E satellite, which now supports more than 100 daily regional flights for American Eagle service. The completely renovated space includes refreshed ticket counters and gate areas as well as new ramp lighting, moving walkways, elevators and escalators. Later this year, American will also open a new Admirals Club in Terminal E, providing travelers with access to a lounge within any of DFW’s five terminals.

“More than 104,000 customers will journey through DFW every day this summer and our recent investments ensure DFW will remain a premier gateway while providing customers with a world-class experience,” said Cedric Rockamore, Vice President of DFW Hub Operations for American. “To our DFW team members, it’s already been a big summer here at DFW, and I can’t thank you enough for all you’ve done to care for our customers and your colleague as part of this journey.”

American has also been investing in the premium customer experience at DFW. Last month, the airline opened its newest Flagship Lounge. The 35,000-square-foot lounge provides customers traveling in Flagship First and Flagship Business an opportunity to refresh, unwind or work before their flight with quiet spaces for taking a rest, lounge-style seating, luxury showers, ample wireless chargers and a variety of hot and cold entrees. In addition, Flagship First customers have access to Flagship First Dining, American’s complimentary, fine-dining restaurant experience.

American’s renovated Admirals Club lounge in Terminal D has also re-opened with an updated modern look, more power outlets, showers and space to relax. Guests have access to complimentary food, snacks and beverages, including an exclusive label from master sommelier Bobby Stuckey. The Admirals Club also features local craft beers from breweries in Dallas, Fort Worth and Houston.

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American Airlines brings the “Flagship Experience” to DFW

American Airlines has made this announcement:

More gates. More flights. And now, more ways to relax.

American Airlines took the next step in its unprecedented growth at Dallas Fort Worth International Airport (DFW) today (May 16) with the grand opening of its newest Flagship Lounge, located in Terminal D. The luxury, on-the-ground experience is complemented by the airline’s best-in-class Flagship First Dining.

“It made sense for us to go all-in on the Flagship experience at our largest hub,” said Kurt Stache, Senior Vice President of Marketing, Loyalty and Sales for American. “More of American’s premium customers fly through DFW than anywhere else, and we think they’ll agree the Flagship experience is unlike any other.”

Flagship Lounge

Customers traveling in Flagship First and Flagship Business will have access to American’s Flagship Lounge to refresh, unwind or work before their flight with quiet spaces for taking a rest, lounge-style seating, luxury showers and ample wireless chargers. Flagship guests can choose from a robust variety of hot and cold entrees including Texas brisket in adobo sauce, Korean-style chicken wings and sushi. Also available to guests will be a rotating chef-action station with made-to-order omelets and Asian-style pancakes. Premium wine, Champagne and local craft beer are available to pair with any meal.

Flagship First Dining

Flagship First Dining is American’s high-end, sit-down dining experience located within the Flagship Lounge and is available exclusively for customers traveling in Flagship First. Guests will experience a complimentary, fine-dining restaurant experience with an array of appetizers, entrees and desserts. The DFW Flagship Dining menu features the flavors of Texas with double-smoked beef brisket, slow-braised pork shoulder and Texas pecan pie, as well as premium wines picked by master sommelier Desmond Echavarrie, Krug Champagne, signature cocktails and local craft beer.

American will also launch the plant-based Impossible Burger as an alternative to its signature Flagship Burger, providing even more food choices to its customers. The vegetarian option will be available at DFW first, and there are plans to expand it to additional Flagship First Dining locations later this year.

Admirals Club

American’s renovated Admirals Club lounge in Terminal D has also opened, providing customers with an updated modern look, more power outlets, access to showers and space to relax. Guests will have access to snacks such as hummus, veggies, soup and the signature make-your-own guacamole station, as well as complimentary beer, wine and spirits. The Admirals Club lounge will also feature local craft beers for sale from breweries in Dallas, Fort Worth and Houston.

This June, American will also launch an exclusive label from master sommelier Bobby Stuckey as its complimentary wine.

Building the most connected network

American’s lounge investments at DFW are in conjunction with its strategy to build the most connected network at its most profitable hub. The airline has been steadily adding service from DFW and, beginning in early June, will operate more than 900 daily flights from the hub, an increase of 100 flights per day from last summer. The new flights include service to 23 new markets, including Dublin (DUB); Munich (MUC); Kalispell, Montana (FCA); Harlingen, Texas (HRL); Monterey, California (MRY); and Augusta, Georgia (AGS); as well additional service to 84 existing markets such as Boston (BOS), Los Angeles (LAX) and New York (LGA).

Earlier this month, American opened 15 new gates in the Terminal E satellite, which supports more than 100 daily regional flights for American Eagle. In June, American will open six mainline gates in Terminal B to further position itself for this summer’s growth. When American opens its next DFW Admirals Club lounge in Terminal E later this summer, travelers will have access to a lounge within any of DFW’s five terminals.

In total, customers have access to 234 nonstop destinations from DFW and a network that enables over 9,000 one-stop connections through DFW — more than any other airline hub in the world.

Flagship coast to coast

These enhancements are just the latest in American’s more than $200 million investment in the luxury travel experience. The world’s largest airline recently opened Flagship Lounges at New York’s John F. Kennedy International Airport (JFK), LAX, Miami International Airport (MIA) and Chicago O’Hare International Airport (ORD), with the exclusive Flagship First Dining experience available at JFK, LAX and MIA.

All photos by American Airlines.

American Airlines opens 15 new gates at DFW Airport

American Airlines made this announcement:

The world’s largest airline took another step toward unprecedented growth at its most profitable hub today (May 3). American Airlines opened 15 new gates in the Terminal E satellite at Dallas Fort Worth International Airport (DFW), supporting more than 100 daily regional flights for American Eagle service.

The completely renovated space includes refreshed ticket counters and gate areas as well as new ramp lighting, moving walkways, elevators and escalators. Later this summer, American will also open a new Admirals Club in Terminal E, and the satellite terminal will be home to DFW’s only Whataburger.

American has been steadily adding DFW service this summer, and beginning in early June, the airline will operate more than 900 daily flights from the hub. That’s 100 more than last summer, including service to 23 new markets. They include: Dublin (DUB); Munich (MUC); Kalispell, Montana (FCA); Harlingen, Texas (HRL); Monterey, California (MRY); and Augusta, Georgia (AGS). Eighty-four existing markets will receive additional service from DFW, including Boston (BOS), Los Angeles (LAX) and New York (LGA). In total, customers have access to 234 nonstop destinations from DFW and the resulting American network can enable over 9,000 one-stop connections through DFW — more than any other airline hub in the world.

“American is the largest airline in the world and the largest carrier at DFW,” said Vasu Raja, Vice President of Network and Schedule Planning for American. “By adding 100 flights to our most profitable hub, we have the opportunity to connect more people to more destinations than ever before. By adding service to new destinations and increasing service to some of our customers’ favorite spots, we’re building a connecting network that can get them anywhere.”

Upcoming milestones include the opening of a Flagship Lounge featuring Flagship First Dining and a renovated Admirals Club in Terminal D, scheduled for May 16, as well as the opening of six mainline gates at DFW Terminal B in June.

Leaders from American, Envoy and DFW Airport celebrate the opening of the Terminal E satellite

Leaders from American, Envoy and DFW Airport celebrate the opening of the Terminal E satellite.

Customers will enjoy refreshed ticket counters and gate areas, new moving walkways, elevators and escalators

Customers will enjoy refreshed ticket counters and gate areas, new moving walkways, elevators and escalators.

Terminal E Satellite

  • Beginning May 3, select American Eagle flights will depart from DFW Terminal E satellite gates E22-E30.
  • Skylink connects all terminals at DFW including A, B, C, D and E.
  • Gates E22-E30 are accessible via 5-10 minute walk through the tunnel next to gate E21.
  • Minimum connection times connecting to flights scheduled in E22-E30 have been increased by 10 minutes.
  • There is no change to Terminal E ticket counters or parking.

By the Numbers

  • 15: New gates and 100 flights to be operated at DFW Terminal E satellite
  • 6: New mainline gates opening at DFW Terminal B in June
  • 900+: Daily American Airlines flights from DFW during the peak summer schedule
  • 104,000: Customers American will serve at DFW every day this summer
  • 234: Non-stop American Airlines destinations from DFW, including 23 new destinations
  • 9,000+: One-stop American Airlines city pairs available to connect through DFW this summer, more than any other airline hub in the world

What Does It Take to Build the Largest Connecting Hub in the World?

  • 1,500: Pounds of reflective beads and 240 gallons of paint to stripe the ramp supporting the new gates at Terminal E satellite
  • 2,500: Different types of aircraft parts and tooling moved to DFW Terminal E satellite
  • 868: Signs and maps changed out at DFW to reflect new Terminal E satellite gates
  • 380: New pieces of ground support equipment to support our growing operation

Qatar Airways to bring the Airbus A350-1000 to Dallas/Fort Worth

Delivered on June 30, 2018

Qatar Airways has announced that its ultramodern Airbus A350-1000, equipped with the airline’s luxurious, award-winning Qsuite, will be available on flights to and from Dallas/Fort Worth International Airport (DFW) starting July 1, 2019. Dallas will be the second U.S. gateway to feature this revolutionary aircraft.

The world’s most technologically advanced passenger aircraft will also commence service on Qatar Airways’ second JFK route, which currently operates an A350-900, starting March 31, 2019. The award-winning airline first launched the A350-1000 on its New York to Doha route on October 28, 2018, marking the historic entry of the A350-1000 aircraft on U.S. routes.

One of the latest additions to the Airbus family of twin-aisle, widebody jetliners, the A350-1000 offers 327 seats across two cabins – 46 Qsuite Business Class seats and 281 extra-wide 18-inch seats in Economy Class. Similar to the A350-900 – for which Qatar Airways was also the global launch customer – the high-performance A350-1000 boasts an advanced airframe with extensive use of composite materials. Coupled with a fuselage innovatively built with carbon-fiber reinforced plastic, the jetliner burns lesser fuel, reducing harmful effects to the environment. On the inside, LED mood lighting mimics a natural sunrise and sunset to help reduce the effects of jet lag.

Qatar Airways’ A350-1000 features the airline’s patented, award-winning Business Class experience, Qsuite, which offers the industry’s first-ever double bed in Business Class, as well as privacy panels that stow away, allowing passengers in adjoining seats to create their own private room, a first of its kind in the industry. Qsuite is currently available on flights to and from JFK, as well as Washington, D.C., Chicago, Houston, with upcoming launches in Dallas and Los Angeles. 

One of the world’s fastest-growing airlines, Qatar Airways launched a host of exciting new destinations in 2018, including: Cardiff, United Kingdom; Canberra, Australia; Mombasa; Kenya; Gothenburg, Sweden; Da Nang, Vietnam; and Thessaloniki, Greece. The airline also launched seasonal services to Mykonos, Greece; Bodrum and Antalya, Turkey; and Málaga, Spain.

Top Copyright Photo (all others by the airline): Qatar Airways Airbus A350-1041 A7-ANB (msn 102) JFK (Fred Freketic). Image: 943705.

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DFW Airport to begin runway rehabilitation project

Dallas-Fort Worth (DFW) International Airport will begin a major infrastructure project to rebuild one of its busiest runways. The project for the refurbishment of Runway 17-Center/35-Center will begin on May 24 with a partial closure, which will still allow the southern portion of the runway to be used during daylight hours. Full closure of the runway will begin in August, with completion of the project slated for December.

“This runway work is a critical need for DFW Airport, and the first major step in our ten-year plan to modernize infrastructure across the Airport,” said Khaled Naja, executive vice president of Infrastructure and Development at DFW Airport.  “We’ve taken a long look at our 44-year old facilities and have developed a comprehensive plan to address the upcoming work on runways, taxiways, aircraft ramps, roadways and bridges over the next few years. We’re grateful to our partners in the industry and the community who helped us put together a plan that minimizes the impact to our customers and our neighbors.”

DFW has worked with the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) and its airline partners to reduce the time required to replace the center third of the runway, utilizing new construction techniques and taking advantage of seasonal air traffic patterns. DFW has six other runways that will allow airlines to continue operating a full schedule of flights. Traveling customers should not experience significant delays due to the closure.

Before the end of 2018, DFW will have replaced a section of the runway about 6000 feet long and 50 feet wide, reaching a depth of more than three feet of sub-base, cement-treated base and concrete.  The runway will be resurfaced with a polymer-modified high performance black asphalt, designed for strength, flexibility and weather resistance.

The project will include the installation of new technologies, including an updated pavement sensor system for measuring weather impacts and enhanced in-pavement lighting, which improves the safety of the runway and connecting taxiways. In addition, crews will also build connected portions of the planned Perimeter Taxiway for the northeast side of the Airport.

The cost of the project will total about $135 million. DFW received an Airport Improvement Program grant from the FAA totaling about $49.5 million for the runway work.

Built in 1984, Runway 17-Center/35-Center handles more arrivals than any other runway at DFW.

American orders 10 additional Embraer 175s, to be operated by Envoy

American Eagle (2nd)-Envoy Embraer ERJ 170-200LR (ERJ 175) N233NN (msn 17000561) DFW (Ken Petersen). Image: 937820.

Embraer and American Airlines Inc. signed a firm order for ten E175 jets. American Airlines is exercising its purchase rights from its original contract with Embraer signed in 2013. This new order is in addition to the one placed in April for four aircraft; is valued at USD 457 million, based on current list prices, and will be included in Embraer’s fourth-quarter backlog. Deliveries begin in 2018 and continue through mid-2019.

Combined with the airline’s two previous orders for the E175, this new contract results in a total of 74 E175s for American Airlines.

American Airlines selected Envoy, a wholly owned subsidiary of American Airlines Group Inc., to operate the ten aircraft, which will be configured with 12 First Class, 20 Main Cabin Extra, and 44 Main Cabin seats, for a total of 76 seats.

Including this new contract, Embraer has sold more than 390 E175 jets to airlines in North America since January 2013, earning more than 80% of all orders in the 76-seat jet segment. Since entering revenue service, the E-Jets family has received more than 1,800 orders and over 1,300 aircraft have been delivered. Today, E-Jets are flying in the fleet of 70 customers in 50 countries. The versatile 70 to 150-seat family is flying with low-cost airlines as well as with regional and mainline carriers.

Copyright Photo: American Eagle (2nd)-Envoy Embraer ERJ 170-200LR (ERJ 175) N233NN (msn 17000561) DFW (Ken Petersen). Image: 937820.

American Airlines introduces its TWA heritage jet

American's TWA heritage jet (1979 livery)

American Airlines (Dallas/Fort Worth) on November 16 introduced its TWA heritage livery logo jet. The pictured Boeing 737-823 N915NN (msn 33227) wears the 1979 livery of Trans World Airlines with joint American and TWA titles.

Copyright Photo: Brian Peters/AirlinersGallery.com. N915NN passed through the Dallas/Fort Worth (DFW) today.

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