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.