American Airlines announced Thursday they'll be relocating to a new four-building corporate campus in Fort Worth, slated to open in about three years.
While the Fort Worth-based airline will remain in Fort Worth, they'll be leaving the CentrePort business park that has been their home since the 1980s. The new location will relocate the headquarters about a mile to the west, at the northwest corner of Texas 360 at Trinity Boulevard.
The new site is the former home of the Sabre Holdings, the one-time AA travel technology company spun off in 2000.
The new corporate campus will be adjacent to other key buildings, including the airline's Flight Academy, Flagship University and Conference Center, DFW RES, the new Robert W. Baker Integrated Operations Center, and the C.R. Smith Museum.
In a letter sent to employees Thursday, vice presidents Steve Johnson and Elise Eberwein said the move will help better connect front-line employees and headquarters staff, but was also "driven by the reality that we can't stay in HDQ1 and HDQ2 for more than a few years without a significant and very expensive makeover."
"Today’s corporate staff and support teams sit in Fort Worth in HDQ1 and HDQ2, two older, inefficient office buildings that are becoming increasingly costly to maintain and are inconvenient and uninviting to non-headquarters employees," the letter said. "The buildings are almost 30 years old, facing the end of the life of a number of key building systems, and very expensive to maintain. Our decision was made easy by the availability of the property adjacent to the existing west campus and the opportunity to combine our headquarters team members with our team members who serve our customers."
The new campus will house approximately 5,000 employees, but will also provide a meeting place for all 100,000 American Airlines team members, the airline said.
Construction, which is expected to begin in the spring, should be completed by the fall of 2018.
Letter from Steve and Elise