Garri767
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DFW International Terminal (D)

Sun Jun 25, 2006 3:49 am

Hey, im about to fly to CUN and go through DFW. I also got lucky and got the international terminal. Ill be Flightspotting and taking logbook entries (Widebodies galore Big grin) but what else is there to do? I have heard Great things about the D terminal.



Any suggestions?
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RE: DFW International Terminal (D)

Sun Jun 25, 2006 3:51 am

Quoting Garri767 (Thread starter):
Ill be Flightspotting and taking logbook entries (Widebodies galore ) but what else is there to do?

Gloat about how much it cost the airport, and how they can't seem to fill it.  Wink
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RE: DFW International Terminal (D)

Sun Jun 25, 2006 3:58 am

Be sure to take some photos. There are only a few in the database. Have a good trip!
 
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RE: DFW International Terminal (D)

Sun Jun 25, 2006 4:00 am

Quoting Garri767 (Thread starter):
Hey, im about to fly to CUN and go through DFW. I also got lucky and got the international terminal. Ill be Flightspotting and taking logbook entries (Widebodies galore ) but what else is there to do? I have heard Great things about the D terminal.

If your flying AA, which flight are you flying? the 9:40, 10:50 etc... When I flew AUS-DFW-CUN in March, we were on flight 315, which is the 9:40 AM departure. As much as it pains me to say it, Goldenshield is right, it was pretty desolate. You'll see a couple of AA 777s bound for Japan, but other than that, the European widebodies won't come in for a couple more hours. If you're leaving in the afternoon, it will be a little more exciting, from a widebody perspective. I was in awe at the spaciousness of Terminal D, and the ability to make it as uniquely Texas as possible. Enjoy some of the food there, there is a wide range of it. If you have time, ride the Skylink around a couple of times. Its a lot of fun, and has some great views!

Enjoy Cancun, keep me posted on how the recovery is doing. It was real quiet there over spring break. Very sad.  Sad

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RE: DFW International Terminal (D)

Sun Jun 25, 2006 4:03 am

Are you coming in on the daily LH A-340 (sometimes an A-330)? If you get here early enough, you can see the US military R&R flight arrive or depart (varies everyday), usually a SA)">TZ L-1011-385 or a SA)">NA B-767-300ER. BA brings in a B-777-200ER, Korean Air the same (occasionally a B-747-400). SA)">AA will, most likely, have every type in their fleet represented. AC will have an E-170. Champion Air B-727-200, Sun Country, B-737-800, AeroMexico B-737-700 with winglets, American Eagle CRJ-70/-90 and EMB-135/145.

Due west if Terminal D is the West Air freight Complex. You could see LH, AF, SA, China Air, Atlas, Southern Air, EVA, or any number of other cargo airlines, usually B-747-200F/-400F, DC-10-30F, or MD-11F.

There is a lot of good places to eat in the terminal, too. How long is your layover here at DFW?
 
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RE: DFW International Terminal (D)

Sun Jun 25, 2006 4:09 am

Quoting KC135TopBoom (Reply 4):
AA will, most likely, have every type in their fleet represented.

Do the A300's ever make it to DFW? I thought they were only Miami to South America/Carribean and the Northeast (BDL among others).

[Edited 2006-06-24 21:22:18]
 
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RE: DFW International Terminal (D)

Sun Jun 25, 2006 4:23 am

Terminal D truly is amazing. The first thing that will hit you about is just its sheer immense size. It honestly is as large as everyone says. The ceilings are ridiculously high, and it is so spacious and light and airy -- a very open, fresh feeling. There are tons of nice shops and restaurants in the two corner "villages," and despite others' experiences, I have never been disappointed sitting at DFW and watching the world go by. Especially if you are down at the AA end, there are bound to be flights going in and out to and from cities throughout the U.S., and probably the world, depending on the time of day. In addition, however, the huge floor-to-ceiling windows also provide an excellent look at the west end of the airfield, so watching planes land and take-off is great, plus great views of the west cargo ramp and the AA maintenance area. All in all, a great terminal!

Quoting AA777SJC (Reply 5):
Do the A300's ever make it to DFW?

No. A300s only stay along the east coast, and never venture any farther west than Orlando.
 
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RE: DFW International Terminal (D)

Sun Jun 25, 2006 4:28 am

It is an excellent termianal, along with the rest of the very nice airport. There is plenty to do with shops, food, and spotting throughout terminal D. It is a very good place to fly out of at DFW.
 
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RE: DFW International Terminal (D)

Sun Jun 25, 2006 5:52 am

Quoting Longhornmaniac (Reply 3):

I am flying AMA-DFW-CUN and taking 10:50 am. but on the way back i am there about 10 am and have a 3 hour layover  Smile.

Quoting KC135TopBoom (Reply 4):
There is a lot of good places to eat in the terminal, too. How long is your layover here at DFW?




read above, 3 hour layover on the way back, but on the way there only about an hour
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RE: DFW International Terminal (D)

Sun Jun 25, 2006 8:28 am

Quoting Garri767 (Thread starter):
Any suggestions?

Admrals Club in D is specatcular, friendly staff and gorgeous views, I highly recommend buying day pass.. its well worth the money..
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RE: DFW International Terminal (D)

Sun Jun 25, 2006 9:52 am

Wow, someone from Germany living in Amarillo? Culture shock?

If you get a chance you should eat at Cantina Laredo in Terminal D. They've got great Tex-Mex with sortof a fusion thing going on. Lots of good food. If you're flying on Tuesday, Thursday, or Saturday you'll catch the KE 772 and see plenty of AA widebodies but unless you're there around 145pm - 230pm you prolly won't catch BA or LH. DFW has a bunch of good cargo carriers that bring in 744F's and MD11's, so if you get lucky you might catch a few of those. Enjoy.
 
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RE: DFW International Terminal (D)

Sun Jun 25, 2006 1:07 pm

Quoting Bartond (Reply 10):
Wow, someone from Germany living in Amarillo? Culture shock?

 rotfl   rotfl   rotfl 

Quoting Bartond (Reply 10):
Tuesday, Thursday, or Saturday

Crud, im leaving on a monday  hissyfit 
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RE: DFW International Terminal (D)

Mon Jun 26, 2006 12:43 am

Quoting AA777SJC (Reply 5):
Quoting KC135TopBoom (Reply 4):
AA will, most likely, have every type in their fleet represented.

Do the A300's ever make it to DFW? I thought they were only Miami to South America/Carribean and the Northeast (BDL among others).

Opps, I should have said except the AA A-300-605Rs. They do not fly to DFW.
 
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RE: DFW International Terminal (D)

Mon Jun 26, 2006 1:38 am

I've been thru D several times this year. By far it's one of the nicest terminals I've see. They did a great job designing it. Lots of room and many TV's. Around gates 25 to 37 you can get some good shots of the taxi ways and one of the RWY's.

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RE: DFW International Terminal (D)

Mon Jun 26, 2006 4:40 am

Quoting KC135TopBoom (Reply 12):
except the AA A-300-605Rs

 hissyfit 

Quoting Bartond (Reply 10):
great Tex-Mex

is it worth trying out ? do you think it will compare to any of the billion texmex restaurants in AMA?  Wink
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RE: DFW International Terminal (D)

Mon Jun 26, 2006 6:05 am

Its a beautiful terminal.... I had a 5 hour layover in April there (thanks Eagle!) and spent most of that layover riding the trAAin or wandering terminal D. Lots to see and do and plenty of places to eat...

But I have to say....it did seem like a maze there with all sorts of short cuts to get to and fro.... I ended up at the same gate 3 times I think.
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RE: DFW International Terminal (D)

Mon Jun 26, 2006 6:42 am

The new terminal (D) is AMAZING! I flew through there for the first time in March (OKC-DFW-NRT-DFW-OKC). Unfortunately, I was on the 10:50 flight and there were only two 777's around and a few narrowbody AA planes. Coming back we arrived around 5:30 and all the heavies had already departed for Europe. I had a short short connection time and only made it just around the northwest corner of the terminal. As I understand it, most AA widebodies depart on the NW corner of the terminal. Not sure where BA, LH, and KE are.

I wish I had more time to spend there, and I would have had my OKC-DFW flight not been delayed. I actually spent $200 more to fly on AA rather than CO to NRT just to see the terminal.

You will NOT be disappointed.

Enjoy (Everything is bigger in Texas)

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RE: DFW International Terminal (D)

Mon Jun 26, 2006 10:56 pm

Quoting Longhornmaniac (Reply 3):
it was pretty desolate

Longhorn:

I would have agreed with you a couple of months ago. But with DFW Board requesting AA move some of their domestic departures to D to provide traffic for the vendors on the southern half of the terminal, now 25+% of the total AA mainline passengers departure out of DFW are out of Terminal D. And AA only operates out of about 20 gates there vs. Terminal A and C with 30+ in each one.

Granted the first 2-3 banks in the morning (7-9am) and last 2 banks in the evening each only have 4-5 AA departures, but the mid-day and late afternoon/early evening banks have 15-17 AA departures.

Go through there between 10a-2p and 4p-8p and it's crowded. But I think one difference between D and A-B is with all of the bars, shops and restaurants (even on the second floor) and seating away from the gate area, there may not be as much 'hanging-around'.

Quoting Goldenshield (Reply 1):
Gloat about how much it cost the airport, and how they can't seem to fill it

As far as it attracting 'new' carriers and/or flights/destinations, I will agree that up to this point it has not, but there's always rumors!
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RE: DFW International Terminal (D)

Mon Jun 26, 2006 11:40 pm

I am going to be flying from FRA to DFW on AA71 on June 30th and will get to see Terminal D in full operation for the first time. I was flying through DFW from LAS last summer about mid to late July on my way back to CLL and it had been open for less than a week, but there were no planes parked at it except for a KE 744. I can't wait!!! Big grin Big grin Big grin Big grin Big grin Big grin
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RE: DFW International Terminal (D)

Mon Jun 26, 2006 11:54 pm

Quoting Utapao (Reply 17):
Longhorn:

I would have agreed with you a couple of months ago. But with DFW Board requesting AA move some of their domestic departures to D to provide traffic for the vendors on the southern half of the terminal, now 25+% of the total AA mainline passengers departure out of DFW are out of Terminal D. And AA only operates out of about 20 gates there vs. Terminal A and C with 30+ in each one.

Granted the first 2-3 banks in the morning (7-9am) and last 2 banks in the evening each only have 4-5 AA departures, but the mid-day and late afternoon/early evening banks have 15-17 AA departures.

Go through there between 10a-2p and 4p-8p and it's crowded. But I think one difference between D and A-B is with all of the bars, shops and restaurants (even on the second floor) and seating away from the gate area, there may not be as much 'hanging-around'.

Yeah, that is probably true. It was really quiet though, because we were at D-38 down in the NE corner, and it was right before that 10am rush. My flight left at 9:40.

Quoting FRAspotter (Reply 18):
I am going to be flying from FRA to DFW on AA71 on June 30th and will get to see Terminal D in full operation for the first time. I was flying through DFW from LAS last summer about mid to late July on my way back to CLL and it had been open for less than a week, but there were no planes parked at it except for a KE 744. I can't wait!!!

Why oh Why!?!?!?! would you want to fly to CLL??????

Hook'em!  Smile

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RE: DFW International Terminal (D)

Tue Jun 27, 2006 12:02 am

Quoting Longhornmaniac (Reply 19):
Why oh Why!?!?!?! would you want to fly to CLL??????

Because it's better than Austin!  

But really, my grandma lives there and we were staying at her house while in Texas for the summer.

P.S.
She also has season tickets for all A&M Football games and I'll be attending the TU-A&M football game this year at Thanksgiving time.      This is the year that the Longhorns finally go down!!!  

GIG 'EM AGGIES!!!!   
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RE: DFW International Terminal (D)

Tue Jun 27, 2006 12:14 am

the admirals club in D is annoying IMHO. it is designed in line with all the other new lounges and rather sterile and bland like MIA and JFK.

still if you want a great shower, the best are the terminal A showers. a total deluge of water there!
 
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RE: DFW International Terminal (D)

Tue Jun 27, 2006 1:39 am

Further proof that Aggieland truly is Berlin on the Brazos!

Just kidding. Count this former Texan as one of the millions who hate both the Longhorns and the Aggies!

Go Rice!
 
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RE: DFW International Terminal (D)

Tue Jun 27, 2006 8:07 am

The great thing about D is that while all 5 terminals have great shopping and dining options, D probably has the least generic and most upscale in both categories.
If open and your budget allows, stopping for lunch or dinner at La Duni is a must(IMHO, its better than Cantina Laredo). It is a popular place for relatively affluent Dallasites and while it may set your wallet back a bit, the dessert is worth it alone. If you aren't that hungry or have a tighter connection but need a quick bite, run into Einsteins for a bagel or Ben&Jerry's for some icecream(I believe they are actually at both ends of the terminal). At the non-AA end of D I found a few independent(not Starbucks) coffee shops that looked like they served some good coffee and beverages. If all else fails, there's always McDonalds...
In terms of shops, whereas A, B, and E used to have a hodge-podge of tacky duty free stores, everything is condensed into what amounts as solid and classy duty-free shopping, not to mention the multitude of other options. I do believe though that some of the stores are still under construction.

The Admirals Club has been mentioned above. IMHO, other than a spacious lounge with fantastic apron views(I was last there during the trans-atlantic rush, great views) and a nice cafe, which from my above text is prevalent in the terminal, I was not awe-struck by the facilities. The club is nice, modern, and well-maintained; but seeing how AA operates dozens of international and longhaul flights from DFW each day, I expected a bit more as there is no Flagship or First Class lounge.
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RE: DFW International Terminal (D)

Tue Jun 27, 2006 8:43 am

Oh no, we've got aggies on this thread? Agree fully with COfaninBOS's comment....

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RE: DFW International Terminal (D)

Tue Jun 27, 2006 10:48 am

Terminal D is awesome. I was there back in Feb and March. I echo the statements above about how spectacular it is and how big it is. Plenty of shopping and dining. Also be sure to take the Skylink around the airport, it offers some amazing views of the field. Have a great trip!
 
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RE: DFW International Terminal (D)

Tue Jun 27, 2006 10:56 am

Quoting FRAspotter (Reply 20):
She also has season tickets for all A&M Football games and I'll be attending the TU-A&M football game this year at Thanksgiving time. This is the year that the Longhorns finally go down!!!

The aggies are playing Tulane? Hmm didn't see that schedule, cool.


Terminal D is very nice, though as many stated above for what it was fragged to do and what it is now is a bit different. The domestic jets brought in make it a bit less of ghost town. The shopping selection is better, though I personally don't normally shop at airports, they are nice. And the food selection is way above average. Extra bonus, more spots with free wireless to bootleg Big grin


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