American Airlines has made this announcement:
More gates. More flights. And now, more ways to relax.
American Airlines took the next step in its unprecedented growth at Dallas Fort Worth International Airport (DFW) today (May 16) with the grand opening of its newest Flagship Lounge, located in Terminal D. The luxury, on-the-ground experience is complemented by the airline’s best-in-class Flagship First Dining.
“It made sense for us to go all-in on the Flagship experience at our largest hub,” said Kurt Stache, Senior Vice President of Marketing, Loyalty and Sales for American. “More of American’s premium customers fly through DFW than anywhere else, and we think they’ll agree the Flagship experience is unlike any other.”
Customers traveling in Flagship First and Flagship Business will have access to American’s Flagship Lounge to refresh, unwind or work before their flight with quiet spaces for taking a rest, lounge-style seating, luxury showers and ample wireless chargers. Flagship guests can choose from a robust variety of hot and cold entrees including Texas brisket in adobo sauce, Korean-style chicken wings and sushi. Also available to guests will be a rotating chef-action station with made-to-order omelets and Asian-style pancakes. Premium wine, Champagne and local craft beer are available to pair with any meal.
Flagship First Dining is American’s high-end, sit-down dining experience located within the Flagship Lounge and is available exclusively for customers traveling in Flagship First. Guests will experience a complimentary, fine-dining restaurant experience with an array of appetizers, entrees and desserts. The DFW Flagship Dining menu features the flavors of Texas with double-smoked beef brisket, slow-braised pork shoulder and Texas pecan pie, as well as premium wines picked by master sommelier Desmond Echavarrie, Krug Champagne, signature cocktails and local craft beer.
American will also launch the plant-based Impossible Burger as an alternative to its signature Flagship Burger, providing even more food choices to its customers. The vegetarian option will be available at DFW first, and there are plans to expand it to additional Flagship First Dining locations later this year.
American’s renovated Admirals Club lounge in Terminal D has also opened, providing customers with an updated modern look, more power outlets, access to showers and space to relax. Guests will have access to snacks such as hummus, veggies, soup and the signature make-your-own guacamole station, as well as complimentary beer, wine and spirits. The Admirals Club lounge will also feature local craft beers for sale from breweries in Dallas, Fort Worth and Houston.
This June, American will also launch an exclusive label from master sommelier Bobby Stuckey as its complimentary wine.
American’s lounge investments at DFW are in conjunction with its strategy to build the most connected network at its most profitable hub. The airline has been steadily adding service from DFW and, beginning in early June, will operate more than 900 daily flights from the hub, an increase of 100 flights per day from last summer. The new flights include service to 23 new markets, including Dublin (DUB); Munich (MUC); Kalispell, Montana (FCA); Harlingen, Texas (HRL); Monterey, California (MRY); and Augusta, Georgia (AGS); as well additional service to 84 existing markets such as Boston (BOS), Los Angeles (LAX) and New York (LGA).
Earlier this month, American opened 15 new gates in the Terminal E satellite, which supports more than 100 daily regional flights for American Eagle. In June, American will open six mainline gates in Terminal B to further position itself for this summer’s growth. When American opens its next DFW Admirals Club lounge in Terminal E later this summer, travelers will have access to a lounge within any of DFW’s five terminals.
In total, customers have access to 234 nonstop destinations from DFW and a network that enables over 9,000 one-stop connections through DFW — more than any other airline hub in the world.
These enhancements are just the latest in American’s more than $200 million investment in the luxury travel experience. The world’s largest airline recently opened Flagship Lounges at New York’s John F. Kennedy International Airport (JFK), LAX, Miami International Airport (MIA) and Chicago O’Hare International Airport (ORD), with the exclusive Flagship First Dining experience available at JFK, LAX and MIA.
All photos by American Airlines.