One of the newest hotels around Dallas Fort Worth airport is so exclusive that only employees from American Airlines can stay there.
In October 2015, American Airlines sent out a Special Jetwire to employees declaring its plans to build a new corporate campus adjacent to its existing campus in Fort Worth. Now, some 7 years later, the final piece of that puzzle is nearing completion, with the staff hotel and conference center set to open in the 1st quarter of 2023.
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The new corporate headquarters, the Robert L. Crandall Campus, sits on 300 acres (121 hectares) of airport property south of Dallas Fort Worth International Airport (DFW). Robert L. Crandall was a former American Airlines CEO who headed the airline from 1985 until 1998. The campus carries a price tag of $1 billion (€1.03 billion).
In 2015, American Airlines (American) said that more than 75,000 staff, including all 15,000 pilots and 25,000 flight attendants, attended training or meetings at the Flight Academy and Training and Conference Center the previous year. In a Special, Jetwire American informed staff they would be moving into the new campus in late summer/early fall 2018 but said a prescient sentence stating, “for now, it’s business as usual.”
Last week, the airline sent an employees memo, declaring that the new staff hotel and conference center, known as Skyview 6, will open in the 1st quarter of next year. According to the Dallas Morning News, Skyview six costs $250 million (€256.7 million) and is replacing the American Airlines flight attendant hotel that’s been sitting on this site since the 1960s.
- The new campus will provide many of the same training and educational programs previously offered, but its larger size makes these available to all of America’s 130,000 staff. It informed employees:
“Each year, 1000 team members from across the operation come to campus to learn – spanning from the new hire and recurrent training to team members in new employees. “We’re expecting to simplify team members’ visiting experience by building a modern hospitality complex at the heart of our campus. a place where visiting team members can lodge, eat, socialize and work out.”
Skyview 6 is certainly no average college dorm or boarding school, with the nine-story facility including 600 rooms, a 73,000 square foot (6,780 square meters) fitness center with a swimming pool, and outdoor basketball, tennis, and pickleball courts. It also has a 10,000 square foot (930 square meters) ballroom for hosting events, such as America’s quarterly “State of the Airline” meeting, and can be operated as a conference center. The dining room will serve guests breakfast, lunch, and dinner, and American Airlines stated, “the tavern will be an evening social space for games, light bites, and drinks.” On this point, the employees’ memo said:
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The latest addition on the campus started construction in 2019 but was put on hold in 2020 as the pandemic threw the airline industry into a morass of uncertainty. Building restarted in 2021, and soon American team will experience everything Skyview 6 offers, professionally and personally.
It would be great to hear from any American Airlines team members about their expectations of the new facility.
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