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DFW Terminal D: Amazing!

Sun Jun 26, 2005 10:56 am

Not sure if anyone has already posted on this, and I'm sorry that I don't have pictures to upload, but I just got back from the public open house of DFW's brand new International Terminal D, and it is ... AMAZING!

The most apparent and imposing physical feature that strikes someone as they enter the building (even the ticketing lobby) is just how massive the whole structure is. It is overwhelming, and yet appropriate; it's huge, but you never actually feel "lost." And, as they say, "everything's bigger in Texas!"

The ticketing lobbies are all enormous, with ample room for lines, seating areas with huge flat-screen TVs, murals, mosaics, paintings, 40-ft tall sculptures, etc.

Past security, the size continues to impress. The ceilings are about 3-4 stories above ground level, and there are two huge concessions "villages" located in the corners of the terminal that will house the boutiques, restaurants, etc. Most of that is not finished yet, but what was all looked very nice.

The gates are all spread out, with tons of room in between each one, and loads of seating. There won't be problems here like over in Terminals A or B. You were only allowed to see the AA gate areas (roughly 2/3 of the new terminal) and all the gates were very modern and clean, with flat-screen TV display monitors at each.

Perhaps the most surprising -- at least to foreign visitors to Texas -- feature of the terminal is the incredible artworks. There are over $20M worth of painting, sculpture, mosaics, marbleworks and murals scattered throughout the terminal that really add a bit of beauty and sophistication to what could otherwise be a very sterile, public space. There are life-size sculptures that you can walk in and out of, like an enormous, 2-story-tall wishbone sitting out in front of the AA checkin areas! Even the driveways up to the terminal and the parking lots are lined with beautiful, life-size sculptures.

On a side note, I also asked about the opening date -- they said that while they did push it back to 23 July, as has been reported, they really are trying to work towards that date. They do not want to push it back again and, as of now, they don't think they will have to. They feel confident that they will be able to have the terminal fully up and running by then. AA may not move all of its flights over on that date, and may phase in their usage of Terminal D over a multi-week period, but should definitely be in to the terminal by the end of July.

All in all, it is an extremely impressive structure -- well worth the wait -- and it will be a fabulous welcome for foreigners to Dallas/Fort Worth, to Texas, and to the United States when they arrive off international flights.
 
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RE: DFW Terminal D: Amazing!

Sun Jun 26, 2005 11:23 am

Are there any pics anywhere of the new terminal interiors?
 
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RE: DFW Terminal D: Amazing!

Sun Jun 26, 2005 11:34 am

Who will be in this Terminal ??? AA only ???
 
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RE: DFW Terminal D: Amazing!

Sun Jun 26, 2005 11:38 am

Is it true that DFW will be using this new terminal as the template that the other terminals will eventually be converted to?
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commavia
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RE: DFW Terminal D: Amazing!

Sun Jun 26, 2005 12:46 pm

Quoting COSPN (Reply 2):
Who will be in this Terminal ??? AA only ???

The terminal has 29 gates. AA will have control over about 2/3 of that. AA controls all of the high D gates (IIRC, from D18 up) while the low D gates (D6-D17) are common use. However, it appears that because DFW currently only has a few international carriers, each will probably have just about a gate to themselves. By the way, the gate number is by no means sequential -- the gates start at D6 and go up to gate D40, yet there are only 29 gates.

Quoting COSPN (Reply 2):
Is it true that DFW will be using this new terminal as the template that the other terminals will eventually be converted to?

Conceptual drawings I have seen of the future Terminal F (it was originally -- 5 years ago -- going to be for Delta) do, indeed, illustrate a square rather than horseshoe shaped terminal. Whether this actually happens when Terminal F is built (probably around 2015-2020) remains to be seen.
 
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RE: DFW Terminal D: Amazing!

Sun Jun 26, 2005 2:44 pm

Terminal F was scheduled to be completed not long after D, IIRC. Unfortunately, I now doubt that it will ever be built. We are now a one-airline-hub operation, instead of two. DFW is, as of January, too big for the traffic load. No one has even taken Delta's gates yet- why spend billions now?
Shame too.

BUT- as a Texan, I am thrilled to hear that you liked the new terminal! Has anyone been on the SkyLink yet? Is it as great as we have hoped for?
 
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RE: DFW Terminal D: Amazing!

Sun Jun 26, 2005 10:19 pm

Quoting AA737-823 (Reply 5):
Terminal F was scheduled to be completed not long after D, IIRC. Unfortunately, I now doubt that it will ever be built. We are now a one-airline-hub operation, instead of two.

Still, DFW is positioned for growth and I think it will happen. The DFW Metroplex is growing in population and stature, AA is here to stay, and DFW has several low-cost airlines now. It may be 20 years, but I think DFW will eventually need another terminal, if for no other reason than to feed AA's expansion.

Quoting AA737-823 (Reply 5):
DFW is, as of January, too big for the traffic load. No one has even taken Delta's gates yet- why spend billions now?

I agree that for now it would be stupid to spend billions on a new terminal, but in 20-25 years -- maybe.

As for the DL gates, the rumor I've heard on A.net and elswhere over and over is that DFW is trying to work out a deal to move all the other airlines in Terminal B over to E (there is more than enough gates) and then spend maybe a few hundred million converting Terminal B completely into an American Eagle RJ hub so Eagle wouldn't have to split its operation between B and the A satellite.

Quoting AA737-823 (Reply 5):
I am thrilled to hear that you liked the new terminal! Has anyone been on the SkyLink yet? Is it as great as we have hoped for?

Like Terminal D, the SkyLink does not fail to impress. It is fast, efficient, easy to understand, comfortable and the view -- to say the least -- is out of this world. You are basically floating over the tarmac, so you look right down on the planes. Between Terminal D and SkyLink, I am on Cloud Nine!