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American Airlines Expands Its Headquarters

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American Airlines is expanding its 300-acre, $1 billion Fort Worth headquarters campus with the addition of a new $250-million hotel and complex exclusively for employees.

The new Skyview 6 building will have the capacity to accommodate 600 employees. It will join existing buildings on the company’s Robert L. Crandall Campus, located on the DFW International Airport property.

As part of the project, the airline will replace the existing flight attendant hotel built in the 1960s. While construction began three years ago, it was paused in 2020 due to disruptions from the COVID-19 pandemic before restarting in 2021.

In addition to providing accommodation, the new complex will provide a hub for meetings and socializing. American Airlines explained, “Each year, thousands of team members from across the operation come to campus to learn.”

To facilitate new hire training as well as the recurrent training of team members as they assume new roles, the airline said it hopes to “simplify team members’ visiting experience by building a modern hospitality complex at the heart of our campus.”

It will be “a place where visiting team members can lodge, eat, socialize, and workout.” The new amenity-rich complex will offer employees plenty to do, with a 73,000-square-foot fitness center with basketball, tennis, and pickleball courts.

Employees will also have meal options throughout the day and access to an event space in the form of a large 10,000-square-foot ballroom for events like the quarterly “State of the Airline” meeting.

Employees staying at the hotel can also enjoy dedicated study areas, visit art installations, or socialize at “the tavern.”

The airline promised, “All team members will be able to enjoy the core facilities, including meeting spaces, expanded dining options, and sports courts.”

The space, it said, is a place “for learning and development, for us to care for each other and for us to grow stronger as a team.”

For Jonathan Pierce, the company’s global talent director and former workspace culture and experience director, calling it a building doesn’t do it justice; rather, “It’s like a small city.”

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