This morning, DFW Airport struck a blow against decay, Dubai, and those annoying decriers of dilapidated American infrastructure when it unveiled a brand-new portion of Terminal A, equipped with cutting-edge amenities; customer- and eco-friendly design; and a clean, sans-serif, Jetsons-chic aesthetic. It’s all part of the seven-year, $2.3 billion Terminal Renewal and Improvement Plan, which aims “to bring DFW into the 21st century,” according to DFW CEO Jeff Fegan, who spoke during a press conference.
The new terminal is, if I may, the bomb. And I’m not saying that (just) because the good folks at DFW plied me with a sampling of the terminal’s finest: a slice of Ling & Louie’s Mongolian filet mignon flatbread; a Dunkin Donuts mocha latte; an Icebox Café brownie; a chip or two of Qdoba’s chicken nachos; a Salt Lick chopped brisket mini-sandwich; a bit of a Popeyes chicken strip; and a box, or two, of peppermints from Natalie’s Candy Jar.
See for yourself:
Terminal A includes 18 new concessions outlets, including the Scottdale-based Ling & Louie’s (a modern-Asian-meets-American-comfort-food casual restaurant), Dallas’ first Salt Lick barbecue location, the Miami-based Icebox (which features scrumptious desserts), an old-fashioned toy store called Geppetto’s, and the Vino Volo wine shop.
Additional details for the trivia-hungry:
-Terminal A has ditched the ceramic-tile flooring for Terrazzo flooring, drastically reducing the clickety-clack of high-heels.
-The terminal will feature the largest Public Address Voice Evacuation system in the world.
-It includes energy-efficient glass windows, smart heating and cooling, and electric lighting that responds and dims according to natural, ambient lighting.
Farraz Khan is a D Magazine intern.