I grew up in Dallas as well, and consider DFW
my "home" airport. It has gotten a bit stale in the past two or three years (especially since American pulled all of the 727s and F100s out of DFW
), but AA
still runs a decent amount of 757s and widebodies out of the airport. The ERJs and MD80s can get a little old at times, I'll admit, but at least American hasn't gone the Delta route and replaced everything
with regional jets.
When I was a little kid back in the middle and late 1980s, I remember driving past Terminal 2W (this was back when people were intelligent enough to know the difference between east and west, before DFW
got so many complaints and changed the terminal names) and seeing the signs for Thai, British Caledonian, Mexicana and Air New Zealand. We sure felt 'international' back then!
For a brief period in the late 1990s and early part of this decade, DFW
looked like it was going to join the ranks of Atlanta and Houston. We had Japan Airlines, Korean Air, TACA, Sabena and Air France all inaugurate flights. Most of those are gone, but the two stalwarts - BA
and Lufthansa - are soldiering on.
I have gotten a bit spoiled since I moved to Chicago - I love looking at the rows of exotic tails sticking up from Terminal 5. Of course, we've lost quite a few international carriers post 9/11 - Austrian Airlines, Aeroflot, Virgin Atlantic, Singapore Airlines - so the cookie crumbles both ways.
Passenger numbers are slowly rebounding - international traffic is a huge growth area these days - and DFW
will see some new airlines. Probably not as many as the IAHs, MIAs, ORDs and JFKs of the world, but we'll do alright for ourselves... just give it some time.