DALLAS — Today, in 1974, Dallas Fort Worth International Airport (DFW) celebrated the arrival of its first commercial flights, just four months after its inauguration. American Airlines (AA) flight 341 from New York, with stops in Memphis and Little Rock, was the inaugural flight at this state-of-the-art facility.
While Dallas had its airport, Love Field, since 1917, Fort Worth established its Municipal Airport in 1925. To create a shared aviation hub, Dallas officials proposed a joint facility between the two cities in 1927.
The idea was to construct it in a central location that would cater to the needs of both cities. Unfortunately, Fort Worth declined the offer, resulting in Dallas and Fort Worth maintaining their separate airfields.
DFW has five terminals. Photo: DFW.
DFW is Born
In 1961, the possibility of a joint venture between Dallas and Fort Worth was revisited when the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) declined further investment in their airports. By 1964, the federal government issued a demand for the two cities to reach an agreement on the location of the new airport. If they couldn’t come to a consensus, the government would decide on their behalf.
Construction of DFW Regional Airport began in earnest in 1969, and a grand opening ceremony took place from September 20–23, 1973. The highlight of the event was the historic arrival of the supersonic Concorde in the United States. An Air France (AF) jet, flying from Caracas to Paris, made a special touchdown for the ceremony.
Concorde later became a regular visitor at DFW, serving flights from Washington Dulles (IAD) between January 1979 and June 1980. Braniff International Airways (BN) operated British Airways (BA) and Air France (AF) supersonic jets.
In 1985, the name of the airport was changed from DFW Regional to DFW International.
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