In October 2015, American Airlines sent a Jetwire special to staff announcing plans to build a new corporate campus adjacent to its existing campus in Fort Worth. Now, some seven years later, the final piece of that puzzle is nearing completion, with the employee hotel and conference center due to open in the first quarter of 2023.
A radical change for the people of American Airlines
The American Airlines headquarters campus is named after former CEO Robert L. Crandall. Picture: American Airlines
The new 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 CEO of American Airlines who ran the airline from 1985 to 1998. The campus has a price tag of $1 billion.
In 2015, American Airlines (American) said more than 75,000 employees, including all 15,000 pilots and 25,000 flight attendants, attended training or meetings at the Flight Academy and the Training and Conference Center the last year. In a Jetwire special American told employees they would be moving to the new campus in late summer/early fall 2018, but added a prescient sentence saying, “for now it’s business as usual” .
The airline last week sent a note to staff, which it shared with Simple Flying today, announcing that the new hotel and employee conference center, known as Skyview 6, will open in the first quarter. next year. According to the Dallas Morning News, Skyview 6 costs $250 million (256.7 million euros) and replaces the hotel for American Airlines flight attendants that has been on this site since the 1960s.
Skyview 6 is the new Fort Worth campus and hotel for American Airlines staff and is scheduled to open in Q1 2023. Image: American Airlines
The new campus will offer many of the same training and education programs offered previously, but its larger size makes them accessible to all of American’s 130,000 employees. He told staff:
“Each year, thousands of team members from across the operation come to campus to learn – ranging from new hires and recurrent training to team members in new roles. “We hope to simplify the visiting experience of team members by building a modern hotel complex in the heart of our campus. a place where visiting team members can stay, eat, socialize and train.”
What’s in the new Skyview 6 install?
Although there is no mention of dancing, the new ballroom will be used for lectures and presentations. Picture: American Airlines
Skyview 6 is certainly not your average college dorm or boarding school, with the nine-story facility featuring 600 rooms, a 73,000-square-foot (6,780-square-meter) fitness center with a swimming pool and outdoor courts. basketball, tennis and pickleball. It also has a 10,000 square foot (930 square meter) ballroom to host events, such as the U.S. “State of the Airline” quarterly meeting, and can be used as a conference center. The dining room will serve guests breakfast, lunch, and dinner, and American said “the tavern will be an evening social space for games, light snacks, and drinks.” On this point, the staff note adds:
“All team members will be able to take advantage of basic facilities, including meeting spaces, extensive catering options and sports fields. This is a place of learning and development, where we care for the each other and where we grow stronger as a team.”
At the American Airlines resort, the term staff housing takes on a whole new meaning. Picture: American Airlines
The latest on-campus addition began construction in 2019 but was put on hold in 2020 as the pandemic plunged the airline industry into a swamp of uncertainty. Construction resumed in 2021, and soon the US team will be experiencing everything Skyview 6 has to offer, professionally and personally.
It would be great to hear from the American Airlines team members about their expectations for the new facility.
Source: Dallas Morning News
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