DFW Celebrates 40 Years of Flights

Tuesday, Jan 14, 2014  |  Updated 11:15 AM CDT
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Dallas-Fort Worth International Airport celebrated its 40th anniversary with a

Christine Lee, NBC 5 Irving Reporter

Dallas-Fort Worth International Airport celebrated its 40th anniversary with a "shower of affection" for American Airlines flight 1461 from Little Rock Monday. Passengers also received a yellow Texas rose as they deplaned, just like the first customers arriving 40 years ago.

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Shower of Affection at DFW Airport

Dallas-Fort Worth International Airport commemorated the 40th anniversary of the opening of the airport, by designating arriving American Airlines flight 1461 from Little Rock as the 40th anniversary flight. The flight was greeted with a "shower of affection" water cannon salute and deplaning passengers received a yellow Texas rose, commemorating the greeting that DFW's first arriving customers received.
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Dallas-Fort Worth International Airport has marked its 40th anniversary in a way similar to the first arriving flight -- with yellow roses for passengers.

The flowers were presented Monday afternoon to passengers on an American Airlines flight from Little Rock, Ark. The plane used for the designated anniversary flight was also showered by a water cannon.

The first flight to what was originally called DFW Regional Airport arrived on Jan. 13, 1974, as American Flight 341 from Little Rock.

The airport opened with service by 12 carriers, with access to 56 gates and three runways. The original airport had three terminals.

Dallas-Fort Worth International Airport has grown to 23 passenger airlines, 155 gates, five terminals and seven runways. The airport serves 60 million passenger annually.

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