Dtwclipper From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR: Posted (6 years 8 months 1 week 1 day 4 hours ago) and read 1869 times:
Once the new North Terminal is opened (October 2008), DTW will basically be a completely new airport from the passengers point of view. The only old facility to be retained will be the "Big Blue" parking deck, which in itself is not that old.
Well, we won't have the architecture of Denver, but we will have the newest major facility in the country.
So folks, you have exactly two years to whine about the Smith & Berry Terminals, then afterwards only praise will be allowed.
Steeler83 From United States of America, joined Feb 2006, 8816 posts, RR: 19 Reply 5, posted (6 years 8 months 1 week 1 day 1 hour ago) and read 1624 times:
I remember hearing how Detroit Airport was horrible, and how it ranked at the bottom of the list for best airports in the USA... Now, it's about to become one of the best ones, kinda like when they opened PIT in 1992, only this one will have technoligical advancements and design from 20 years later!! (I just hope it will not become an underused facility in the future, and that NW/KL maintain the large hub they have there now...)
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Centrair From Japan, joined Jan 2005, 3597 posts, RR: 21 Reply 6, posted (6 years 8 months 1 week 14 hours ago) and read 1445 times:
Glad to see the old Davey, Smith & Berry terminals gone. Sewer was a kind assessment.
The only thing good was the international departure satellite. You could see the 747s and DC-10s land and take off (took some great photos there. Worst was the moving sidewalks. If you lean too far over on them and don't pay attention, you can hit your head on the support beams.*
Does the North terminal have its own Customs and Immigration facility or will BA fly into the McNamara then move to the North Terminal?
*(In 1996 my flight to CDG was delayed for 3 hours. I went for a walk and while leaning over the railing on the moving sidewalk, knocked myself out on a support beam. Got a good laugh out of my friend and a security guard. Hated DTW till the new terminal opened.)
Yes...I am not a KIX fan. Let's Japanese Aviation!
AAflyguy From United States of America, joined Apr 2006, 350 posts, RR: 2 Reply 7, posted (6 years 8 months 1 week 3 hours ago) and read 1361 times:
The new North Terminal will have several "swing gates" to accommodate both domestic and international operations, depending upon demand. There will be an in-house FIS on the lower level of the building.
RJ, BA, LH, and any international operations (Caribbean) with NK, USA3000, and others currently using the Berry Terminal will utilize these gates in the new facility.
The Berry Terminal may be used for a short while after the North Terminal opens, but it will eventually need to be demolished to allow build out of the gates on the east side of the north arm.
It's exciting to watch the progress from my office window. It's not a prime view, but a view nonetheless. Will be great to see the facility continue to rise out of the ground over the next year. Much of '08 will be spent on interior finishes and testing of systems prior to tenant move-in, but the structure should be fully enclosed by the end of '07.
Dtwclipper From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR: Reply 11, posted (6 years 8 months 1 week 3 hours ago) and read 1323 times:
Quoting Falstaff (Reply 9): When was it built? Oddly enough the Davey terminal is listed in a book I have about important architectural landmarks around Detroit.
1966 Terminal 2 (North Terminal) was constructed
When it was opened in '66 it was a remarkable building, but I guess it was not salvagable in 2006!
1974: The Michael Berry International Terminal was completed as part of a $69 million bond issue. Also included were improved lighting and taxiways, expansion of the L.C. Smith Terminal, Terminal 2 and new parking.
Quoting Falstaff (Reply 9): When did NW start operating DTW as a hub? Was it when they merged with Republic?
1986: Northwest Airlines and Republic Airlines merged creating an even larger hub at Detroit Metro.
1987: Northwest Airlines initiated scheduled non-stop service to Tokyo in April.
1988 In October, Northwest Airlines initiated scheduled non-stop service to Seoul .
1989: Northwest Airlines initiated scheduled non-stop service to Paris and Frankfurt on June 1 st.
Falstaff From United States of America, joined Jun 2006, 5673 posts, RR: 29 Reply 13, posted (6 years 8 months 1 week 3 hours ago) and read 1323 times:
Quoting BHXDTW (Reply 10): Yup but it sure has a nostalgic feel to the place eh
I would agree. I have only been in there a few times. I moved to near DTW in 2000 and would fly DTW-STL on TWA, but once TWA was bought out I stopped going in there. I wouldn't mind seeing it again before it goes away. I would like to go to the Executive terminal, that place looks cool!
Falstaff From United States of America, joined Jun 2006, 5673 posts, RR: 29 Reply 14, posted (6 years 8 months 6 days 17 hours ago) and read 1202 times:
Quoting Dtwclipper (Reply 11): 1974: The Michael Berry International Terminal was completed as part of a $69 million bond issue.
I was at DTW tonight, at the post office. I stopped in the Berry Terminal to use the men's room. I walked around in there for a while. I was in there for about 15 minutes and the only other person I saw was a cab driver who went in to use the can too. It was kind of weird being in an airport terminal and not seeing anyone. I will have to go back and get some photos.
Quoting Dtwclipper (Reply 4): The Berry Terminal is a Sewer. It was a sewer when it opened, and it's worse now.
I didn't think it was that bad. It was old, but not that nasty or dirty. I have seen worse, but also seen much better. I thought it was better than the old PIT. It screamed 1974. I was waiting for Joe Petroni to come out and say hello. ha ha! Everything was old. You could see some of the doors used to be painted orange, the paint was rubbed off around the handles. That luggage carousel was cool looking. It would be good place to film a retro 70s airport scene for a TV show or movie. Maybe one day when the bar is open I will go in and have a beer, just to say that I did.
Dtwclipper From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR: Reply 15, posted (6 years 8 months 6 days 17 hours ago) and read 1202 times:
Quoting Falstaff (Reply 14): didn't think it was that bad. It was old, but not that nasty or dirty. I have seen worse, but also seen much better. I thought it was better than the old PIT. It screamed 1974. I was waiting for Joe Petroni to come out and say hello. ha ha! Everything was old. You could see some of the doors used to be painted orange, the paint was rubbed off around the handles. That luggage carousel was cool looking. It would be good place to film a retro 70s airport scene for a TV show or movie. Maybe one day when the bar is open I will go in and have a beer, just to say that I did.
The upstairs departure area and customs area are dogs!
I went upstairs and that looked a big rugged, very dated. I thought of L1011s, 707s, and 747-100s. Where is the customs area? Is that near the baggage claim? From the to of the stairs you can see a cheaply added on area with white walls over by the baggage claim.
Not that long ago. I was refering to the airport before the one they have now. Went there a lot in the years just before they built the new terminal and it was a bit rough. I never saw the entire airport either just the parts where TWA was.
BHXDTW From Eritrea, joined Feb 2005, 1086 posts, RR: 6 Reply 20, posted (6 years 8 months 6 days 6 hours ago) and read 1084 times:
Actually, I gotta say that I do love DTW.. Everything about it (apart from Mcnamara) screams L1011 / DC-8 / 747-100 / 727 / 737-100/200 .. As was mentioned before.
I think even the big blow up tyre on the side of the freeway on the way to the airport even makes the atmosphere...hahahaha
I"ve always thought they should have moved the BIG Stove over there with it. BTW Dtwclipper, I see from another post that we're almost neighbors. Think Mexican food on Novi road. I live over the tracks from it.
I live very close to the big tire. It no longer has the nail in it. I think they should have left it original with the white wall and hub cap, which are still there, but the white wall is painted over and the stylized wheel is built up over the hub cap.
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25 Steeler83: Right, but I was referring to PIT, as it opened in 1952. But still... Could you imagine what PIT and DTW would be like if they weren't replaced? PIT.
26 Falstaff: I love Pittsburgh. My entire family is from there. We lived in St. Louis in the 1990s and mom and dad still live in St. Louis. Give me a cold Iron Cit
27 Steeler83: Where at? I know right where that might be. Saw Mill Run Blvd is OverBrook/Sahthills (aka. south hills), and I am a native of the south hills, just c
28 Tys777: I havnt been to DTW since Nov of 05 and at the time Davey was still standing for the most part and the hotel was still there, its gonna be weird to se