doug
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DFW Trip Report

Tue Jun 13, 2000 6:51 am

What can I say about DFW.I have been there before but only to transfer for a connecting flight never for a prolonged period of time.I was impressed over the fact that all 7 of the runways were used.American owns the airport (which is nothing new)and Delta gives a valliant effort.I stayed at the Harvey hotel which gave me views of the entire airport and all of the runways.American eagle flights using runway 13 L and runway 17 L was only used during the busy times for arrivals.I could not get over how many md-80's that I saw and it seemd as though the airport really slowed down after 10:30pm or so. I am sort of use to all of the South American departures taking off from MIA from 11pm-12:45am.The big news on tv was the intl terminal with 23 gates at 1.2 billion dollars.So to sum it up DFW is about as bust as they come and I will be looking very forward to living within minutes from the airport.The Texas hospitality was incredible and the overall area was very esay on the eye.
 
FlyBoy
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RE: DFW Trip Report

Tue Jun 13, 2000 7:09 am

Glad to here that you liked DFW! Did you have a chance to go to Founder's Plaza (the "viewing" area on the south end of the airport)? Usually if they are using the south-facing runways (17L in particular) jets taxi within about 200 feet of you!

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doug
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RE: DFW Trip Report

Tue Jun 13, 2000 7:27 am

no I did not get a chance to go over there but I will once I move there next month.I felt pretty good with the spotting view I had from the 12th floor of the hotel on Esthers rd.
 
jr
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RE: DFW Trip Report

Tue Jun 13, 2000 7:53 am

Did you go up to the swimming pool area on top of the hotel - You get some stellar views of the airport from there. Landings on 17L are probably under a 100 feet overhead! You can literally feel it ...
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doug
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RE: DFW Trip Report

Tue Jun 13, 2000 8:08 am

ohh of course no doubt i saw about 10 md-80's and a handful of fokker 100's an AA 757 and 767 and a slew of american eagel turbo prop ac/s' from the pool area.the weather was ok for the first 3 days but downhill after that.isnt the summer time usually drought time for texas
 
blink182
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RE: DFW Trip Report

Tue Jun 13, 2000 8:40 am

supposedly i heard the viewing area is in the worst part of the airport, and [in] the airport(not the hotels,i mean the terminals) those have great panoramic views of the airport, at least i think but I havent stayed at a hotel in dallas since i have a house there but i want to stay at one of the hotels in DFW(you probably know why) but anyway, glad things were good at DFW and let me be the first to welcome you to Big D! it has been raining lately so right now there is no drought, more like floods!
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doug
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RE: DFW Trip Report

Tue Jun 13, 2000 8:51 am

I always like to have a view where I can see everything since the airport is so damn huge the hotel offered that and i have no complaints I also appreciated the American Airlines discount that I got.Also is it me or are their a whole bunch of water towers in Texas
 
aa61hvy
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RE: DFW Trip Report

Tue Jun 13, 2000 11:14 am

The observation area alias founders plaza is pretty good. but it gets old after a while, but dfw is the best airport to watch planes, just drive around the roads and you will find alot better spots!
Go big or go home
 
CannedSpam
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Doug....

Tue Jun 13, 2000 11:34 pm

What are you moving to DFW for? If you are living in an apartment and not a house with a garage, be sure to get an apartment WITH covered parking! Springtime is really bad for hail around the DFW area!
 
aa61hvy
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Canned

Tue Jun 13, 2000 11:41 pm

It hasnt been that bad really this spring... just with the rain and we are expected to get more tonight till the end of the week  
Go big or go home
 
doug
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RE: DFW Trip Report

Wed Jun 14, 2000 3:33 am

I will be coming to Dallas on July 5th or 6th to work for American Airlines,and yes a covered garage is a must I have heard about the hail storms in Texas
 
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RE: DFW Trip Report

Wed Jun 14, 2000 8:53 am

Yes, I know DFW very well. I like that airport a lot. A good place to spot aicrafts landing is the Marriott Hotel near the airport, if they land on RWY 17L. I've been there many times because I have my aunt who lives in Dallas. Although I always fly American regardless of where I go, I have never been through DFW just for a connecting flight. I go to DFW always for the reason I mentioned above. Like we all know, DFW is American's super mega hub. You don't see that many 767's there, still a few 727's, two or three 777's on a whole day, no NG737's yet, but you see a lot of 757's and MD-80's, especially MD-80's. Sometimes if you look carefully, you can see a whole bunch of Super 80's taxiing in line one behind the other, or waiting in the middle of the tarmac like a group of birds standing on the ground close to each other. It's unbeleivable! DFW doesn't look like it's busy because it's a very big airport in terms of area. This airport handles over 60 million passengers a year. I'm sure that at least two thirds of that fly American.
Doug, good luck in your new job at DFW.

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dfw-man
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RE: DFW Trip Report

Wed Jun 14, 2000 9:28 am

Let me also welcome you to Dallas.From looking at the previous post it seems as though we have a quite a few folks from the metroplex here on the forum.Hope everything goes well for you at American and enjoy the silver birds.