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...As the saying goes, everything is bigger in Texas - even if the federal government has to force it to be.
The Wright Amendment was enacted in 1980 as a change to the Federal Aviation Act of 1958. It was all about protecting the risk and financial investment put into opening Dallas/Ft. Worth Airport in 1974, sheltering it from the older, smaller Love Field just a 21-minute drive away.
While the amendment was not technically created because of Southwest Airlines, the fear was that if Southwest, or any large carrier, continued to operate out of Love Field (previously the main airport in North Texas) it would decrease passenger numbers at the shiny, new and expensive DFW Airport.
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The Flying Cowboy Roo arrived in Texas!
As we mentioned yesterday, Qantas Airlines landed their Airbus A380 in Dallas yesterday from Sydney. The inaugural flight took about 15 hours, making it the world's longest route. It was also the first official arrival of the double-decker plane for the DFW airport.
Naturally, that's cause for celebration but since everything is bigger in Texas, Qantas really went all out in Terminal D for the plane's arrival, including a special appearance from Qantas Goodwill Ambassador, John Travolta.
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For whatever reason big airports seem to have big problems when it comes to concourse connectivity. Of course WiFi is available everywhere, but it usually comes with an annoying fee. Some of the big boy airports—like Atlanta—have finally flipped the switch to make things free, and now yet another major airport is finally doing the same.
It’s time for the WiFi to be free for all across Houston, as the airport authority has opened up the network to passengers at both George Bush Intercontinental Airport and William P. Hobby Airport. The rollout is complete over at Hobby Airport, but a couple of the terminals at Bush Intercontinental will need another month or so to work things out—so just be aware.
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This week, the world's longest commercial flight route scores a few more points in the world of aviation. Today marks the inaugural arrival of Qantas' Airbus A380, traveling from Sydney to Dallas as Qantas 7, a route previously operated with a Boeing 747-400ER. The jumbo days are over now, in favor of a superjumbo future.
The inaugural flight, the duration of which rings in around 15.5 hours, is scheduled to land at DFW at 1.45pm local time.
Not only will this be the first time Qantas uses an A380 for the route, but it marks the first official arrival of the double-decker plane for DFW Airport. In order to welcome the beast, the airport underwent some minor construction for updates to the international terminal (Terminal D). No doubt the ground crew at DFW are readying the water cannons right now.
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Twilight star Jackson Rathbone's JetBlue flight to Austin made an emergency landing this afternoon and he's been recounting the entire experience on Twitter.
Rathbone's first tweet, posted around 12:50 PM EST, simply read, "Thank you Jesus and the pilot of this plane."
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Surprisingly, with less than two months until the gates open there are still tickets available for this fall's Austin City Limits Music Festival.
ACL returns to Zilker Park on Oct. 3-5 and Oct. 10 -12 with a lineup that includes Pearl Jam, Lorde, Chvrches, Eminem, The Head And The Heart, Lana Del Rey, Spoon and dozens more.
Grab your luggage off the carrousel and head right into downtown the next time you arrive at Dallas/Fort Worth Airport, as there’s now a public transportation option that will zip you right into the heart of the city—as long as the city you want to visit is Dallas rather than Ft. Worth.
Around five miles of rail have been added to the existing structure that makes up Dallas Area Rapid Transit—or DART to its friends. This addition makes it possible for arriving passengers to head right into town without the need for a taxi, buses, or a bunch of connections aboard different public transportation options.
Good news for hungry travelers heading to or through Dallas-Fort Worth International Airport, as a new sandwich shop is due to open with something other than the usual airport fare.
The new place will be called Banh Shop, and it’s the first location of the Vietnamese sandwich concept being tested out from the company behind other fast food eateries like Taco Bell and KFC. The focus here will be banh mi, as well as variations on the sandwich.
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If you’re heading to Texas anytime soon, you should know of the switcheroo taking place with the planes and people over at Virgin America. In case you don’t study the carrier’s route network on a daily basis—we just might—the airline has been flying to and from Dallas-Ft. Worth International Airport, but that’s about to change.
Thanks to all the complicated details surrounding the merger between American Airlines and US Airways, plus the lifting of the restrictive Wright Amendment, the area’s other airportDallas Love Fieldis now open to new airlines and destinations.
Virgin America filled out their paperwork in number two pencil, and recently received good news. They’re now getting the green light to put their planes at Dallas' Love Field, and that means that they will do the nonstop thing to spots like San Francisco, Los Angeles, New York (LGA), and Washington (DCA) this October.
Tax day is here, and you're probably excited...but not because you love sifting through receipts and credit card statements. You're excited because you're getting a fat refund. Probably. The economy may be on its way back up, but you should try to stretch that tax refund as far as you can...like with a little "you did a great job last year" tripa Tax Refund Vacation.
In case you didn’t hear, today’s the day you'll need to finalize your tax return and, if all goes according to plan, your refund should be arriving by check or direct deposit within the next few weeks. At last update, the friendly folks at the IRS report that the average refund this year is just shy of $3,000, so we say it’s time to take that money and head out of town.
Affordability is key during tax season, so today we're featuring a domestic destination, to Texas' capital of cool—Austin. Now’s the time to visit before the sweltering summer weather rolls in, and with an average April temperature of nearly 80 degrees, you can enjoy the sun without the humidity of the tropics.
Conan O'Brien will be back on the road next week when he brings his TBS show to the Majestic Theatre in Dallas to coincide with the NCAA Men’s Final Four.
Unfortunately, all tickets for the March 31st – April 3rd Dallas shows have been reserved but there is still a chance to get standby tickets on the day of the show.
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We have not been shy when it comes to sharing our love and affection for some of the new technology making its way into the passport and immigration control line. Automated kiosks smooth the process, and of course cutting down on lines after a long-haul flight is always a plus.
This week some of this travel technology makes its way over to Texas, as Houston's George Bush Intercontinental Airport is now featuring some of those awesome Automated Passport Control kiosks.