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American Airlines

Posted: 04 Nov 2016 01:56
by Tnexster
Take a look at the roomier seats in American Airlines' newest Dreamliner

http://www.dallasnews.com/business/amer ... dreamliner

The latest version of American Airlines’ Boeing 787 Dreamliner was on display at a maintenance hangar near DFW International Airport Thursday, offering an up close look at the roomier premium economy cabin the company hopes will be a popular seller when it goes on sale next year.

The Boeing 787-9 is an extended version of the company’s 787-8 Dreamliner that debuted in American’s fleet last year. The new plane is 20 feet longer and seats 285 people, compared to the 226 seats on American’s 787-8.

The plane on display at American’s maintenance hangar Thursday hasn’t entered service yet, but a different 787-9 has been ferrying passengers between DFW Airport and Los Angeles International Airport for the last month.

Re: American Airlines

Posted: 05 Dec 2016 23:22
by Tnexster
American Airlines to reduce the number of Cuba flights

http://www.bizjournals.com/dallas/news/ ... ights.html

Re: American Airlines

Posted: 05 May 2017 14:47
by Tnexster
Exclusive: American Airlines details plans for 1.8M SF campus in Fort Worth

http://www.bizjournals.com/dallas/news/ ... -1-8m.html

Re: American Airlines

Posted: 15 Jun 2018 17:12
by jrd1964
American will name their upcoming headquarters building for former CEO Robert Crandall. The complex is still due for completion in the summer of next year.

https://www.dallasnews.com/business/ame ... ampus-name

Re: American Airlines

Posted: 13 Jul 2018 17:08
by jrd1964
American has recently announced plans to use biodegradable straws and wooden stir sticks, instead of plastic ones used up to now.

https://www.bizjournals.com/dallas/news ... straw.html

Re: American Airlines

Posted: 21 Sep 2018 23:17
by itsjrd1964
DMN and Bloomberg are reporting early talks between Emirates and Etihad Airways that could result in a merger. If so, their combined passenger traffic and market value would be larger than current airline leader American.

https://www.dallasnews.com/business/air ... ihad-merge

Re: American Airlines

Posted: 27 Nov 2018 12:14
by Tnexster
Why suburban office campuses aren’t really walkable

http://cityobservatory.org/why-suburban ... -walkable/

Here’s the bottom line: no matter how much your press release talks about miles of trails, or even a hundred bikes, if you build your new 12,000 person headquarters in a distant suburban greenfield, with hardly any transit or mixed land uses nearby, walled off from neighbors by freeways or major arterials, and plan for nearly one parking space for every employee, you’ve done almost nothing to create a walkable environment. Apparently American Airlines thinks that the new site plan will appeal to a younger generation of workers who wants more authentic walkability. Maybe, but only if their definition of walkability is walking to or from their car or between office buildings on the company website. People who want to walk, cycle or take transit from their homes to their workplaces will find it extremely difficult to realize that vision.

Re: American Airlines

Posted: 27 Nov 2018 13:49
by TNWE
Tnexster wrote:Why suburban office campuses aren’t really walkable

http://cityobservatory.org/why-suburban ... -walkable/

Here’s the bottom line: no matter how much your press release talks about miles of trails, or even a hundred bikes, if you build your new 12,000 person headquarters in a distant suburban greenfield, with hardly any transit or mixed land uses nearby, walled off from neighbors by freeways or major arterials, and plan for nearly one parking space for every employee, you’ve done almost nothing to create a walkable environment. Apparently American Airlines thinks that the new site plan will appeal to a younger generation of workers who wants more authentic walkability. Maybe, but only if their definition of walkability is walking to or from their car or between office buildings on the company website. People who want to walk, cycle or take transit from their homes to their workplaces will find it extremely difficult to realize that vision.


Like an American Airlines jet, the point just sailed waaaaay over this blogger's head. A throwaway quote about how people can walk or take a shared bike to another building for a meeting somehow turned into a few thousand words on how something that was never meant to be "walkable" isn't "walkable." I'm looking forward to his next post highlighting the huge disparity in property tax revenue between a 60-story condo tower and a two-lane asphalt road as conclusive proof that we shouldn't have any roads. :roll:

Re: American Airlines

Posted: 27 Nov 2018 16:37
by The_Overdog
It seems really stupid to have to take a bike or walk outside for a meeting on shared suburban campus. Are they saving buxx on a tiny office gym or concerned about their employee's vitamin D intake? Nortel's old campus in the Richardson Telecom corridor was haphazardly designed like that, but that was back in 1994.

Re: American Airlines

Posted: 28 Nov 2018 12:20
by muncien
I take no issue with the point the article is trying to make, but as is typical with many pieces like this, the snobbyness in which they do it is a turn off. You don't encourage behavior by presenting your point in such a self-obsessed/elitist tone. Instead, you discourage people who could actually learn from the topic from even pursuing it further.

Re: American Airlines

Posted: 28 Nov 2018 15:00
by TNWE
muncien wrote:I take no issue with the point the article is trying to make, but as is typical with many pieces like this, the snobbyness in which they do it is a turn off. You don't encourage behavior by presenting your point in such a self-obsessed/elitist tone. Instead, you discourage people who could actually learn from the topic from even pursuing it further.


Tone aside, it was completely ignorant of AA's goals with the new HQ - namely having a single campus that encompassed all of their headquarters functions, as opposed to their current split operation on both sides of 360. Given all the investment in a new IOC, plus the existing training and reservations facilities, it's a no-brainer to locate the corporate offices adjacent to those facilities. They spent extra money building a campus with parking garages at the perimeters and lots of green space in the middle, which beats the heck out of buildings surrounded by acres of concrete lots, and yet they still got criticized for not waving a magic wand and somehow turning Euless into Manhattan.

It would be one thing if this was a bank envelope-stuffing or loan servicing operation that could just as easily be located in a tower downtown, but there are tangible operational reasons for an airline headquarters to be near that airline's main hub. Plus, you can imagine the griping if AA plopped a plain beige box for their flight simulators and cabin training mock-ups on a prime piece of downtown real estate.

Re: American Airlines

Posted: 28 Nov 2018 16:32
by muncien
I do recall that AA HQ was strongly considering anchoring the Cowboy's Stadium site in Irving. While on the surface, such a proposal may not seem to different than what they have now, that Cowboy's Stadium site was going to include considerable mixed use development as well as an DART stop that provided service to DFW airport directly. It would have been considerably MORE walkable... With that perspective, I do think it's silly that they try to spin the new HQ to be the same. There are clearly differences... But as for making a walkable suburban stand alone campus... yes, they accomplished that. I just think that's a fairly 'low bar' for being considered 'walkable'.

Re: American Airlines

Posted: 28 Nov 2018 17:14
by flyswatter
Jet Blue is probably the best of all the US Airlines when it comes to "walkability" and HQ being well thought out in Long Island City. Of course, Amazon may force them to move to Orlando (long rumored due to cost of living). Yes, United is at Willis Tower but I have only heard how much of a pain it is from an operations standpoint being on so many floors. Walkable, but disjointed as an office.

Otherwise, SWA and Delta are just giant sprawling office buildings with bridges over parking lots and streets. I think it looks great, and the story is ridiculous. I'd love to hear about how green that place is going to be. I personally would love to work in a corporate hq like what they're building if I had to work in the burbs.

Re: American Airlines

Posted: 28 Nov 2018 19:08
by TNWE
flyswatter wrote:Jet Blue is probably the best of all the US Airlines when it comes to "walkability" and HQ being well thought out in Long Island City. Of course, Amazon may force them to move to Orlando (long rumored due to cost of living). Yes, United is at Willis Tower but I have only heard how much of a pain it is from an operations standpoint being on so many floors. Walkable, but disjointed as an office.

Otherwise, SWA and Delta are just giant sprawling office buildings with bridges over parking lots and streets. I think it looks great, and the story is ridiculous. I'd love to hear about how green that place is going to be. I personally would love to work in a corporate hq like what they're building if I had to work in the burbs.


United is rumored to want out (https://www.chicagobusiness.com/commerc ... 2-tailwind) and they still have significant operations near O'Hare for training and flight ops. On a global level, BA, AF and KLM are all located out near their respective hub airports, despite being nominally headquartered in walkable, transit-friendly World cities like London, Paris, and Amsterdam. Those companies obviously have no trouble attracting workers to their non-urban offices, even without the car-first culture that is so common in the US.

Long story short, not every company will have the same priorities when it comes to site selection, and people who fancy themselves an "urban economist and opinion leader" (like the author) should recognize that employees at an airline in Texas aren't neccesarily going to place the same premium on bike lanes and artisanal eateries as someone working at a think tank in Portland.

Re: American Airlines

Posted: 04 Jun 2019 14:50
by Tnexster
American Airlines is building a $250 million hotel, conference center at the 'heart' of its HQ

https://www.dallasnews.com/business/ame ... r-heart-hq

Re: American Airlines

Posted: 05 Jun 2019 00:58
by itsjrd1964
Tnexster wrote:American Airlines is building a $250 million hotel, conference center at the 'heart' of its HQ

https://www.dallasnews.com/business/ame ... r-heart-hq


The hotel, which is planned to have 600 rooms, has not been approved or permitted yet by the City of Fort Worth. The artwork in the article, shows the planned hotel (no branding was revealed in the article) in the center of the graphic as a "+" shaped building. Completion is set for 2 years from now.

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Re: American Airlines

Posted: 05 Jun 2019 01:07
by itsjrd1964
Meanwhile, in the same article, a picture of the site of the upcoming replacement company headquarters complex was shown, from last November. The picture is looking southwestward, with Trinity Blvd. in the upper center distant. The tax arrangement made with the City of Fort Worth required that the complex be completed and occupied by the end of this year. The hotel announcement article revealed that later this month, the new headquarters will be ready for the first of the airline's employees to move in.

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Re: American Airlines

Posted: 05 Jun 2019 08:11
by flyswatter
Hotel is very likely for training employees, similar to the JetBlue hotel in Orlando and honestly I think it is only a matter of time before Southwest does the same thing as I am sure it's cheaper in the long run than having a permanent block of rooms at the downtown Sheraton and having shuttle buses all day.

The HQ is, in my opinion, very AA...spending absurd money for an overly swanky office building, meanwhile they are fighting union groups on pay and have a massive amount of debt to pay off. Probably doesn't help the low morale in their work groups.

Re: American Airlines

Posted: 05 Jun 2019 12:47
by tamtagon
I have very high hopes that Southwest will turn their side of Love Field into a fantastic corporate-everything center and leading edged of aerotropolis development in this country.

Hopefully the region's transit agencies will be able to function as a single entity sooner rather than later, we need trains starting in Denton running through the airport and AA Corporate Campus/aerotropolis then to Arlington. AA and Southwest as good corporate citizens and significant sponsors/advertisers will pay for upgraded/superior transit connection between their corporate and airfield operations.

Re: American Airlines

Posted: 05 Jun 2019 15:10
by TNWE
tamtagon wrote:I have very high hopes that Southwest will turn their side of Love Field into a fantastic corporate-everything center and leading edged of aerotropolis development in this country.

Hopefully the region's transit agencies will be able to function as a single entity sooner rather than later, we need trains starting in Denton running through the airport and AA Corporate Campus/aerotropolis then to Arlington. AA and Southwest as good corporate citizens and significant sponsors/advertisers will pay for upgraded/superior transit connection between their corporate and airfield operations.


I'd be curious to see a heatmap of where AA's HQ employees live- anecdotally, I know of a lot who live in the mid-cities, and I'm sure a fair few live in DT Dallas and Fort Worth, I'm just not sure there are enough living along existing/proposed transit lines to justify much more than an AA-specific shuttle bus from CenterPort to their HQ campus. As it is the Trinity Metro circulator ridership is pretty pathetic, but it may be better once all AA employees are co-located

Re: American Airlines

Posted: 19 Jun 2019 16:33
by Tnexster
American modernizes fleet with big Airbus order

https://www.bizjournals.com/dallas/news ... s_headline

Notice there is no Boeing in that order.

Re: American Airlines

Posted: 24 Sep 2019 03:47
by itsjrd1964
The headquarters for American is opening, and 12,000 employees are about done with their moves to the new complex.

https://www.bizjournals.com/dallas/news ... rters.html
https://www.dallasnews.com/business/loc ... ort-worth/

Re: American Airlines

Posted: 24 Sep 2019 06:40
by flyswatter
Interesting to compare the two DFW airline HQs. Southwest is very modest and practical, American's is flashy and luxurious.

Re: American Airlines

Posted: 28 Oct 2019 11:39
by itsjrd1964
American Airlines is adding a nonstop from DFW to New Zealand

https://www.dallasnews.com/business/air ... -from-dfw/