In partnership with the Texas Historic Commission, the existing DalFort Aerospace building, originally known as the Braniff Airlines Operations and Maintenance Base, will be transformed into more than 200,000 square feet of high quality hangar space and prime aviation support facilities. Accompanied by retail, restaurant, offices, auto-dealer showroom, entertainment venues and hospitality facilities, the Braniff Centre will make the Dallas Love Field east-side location off Lemmon Avenue a destination for surrounding neighborhoods and Dallas’ sophisticated travelers.
The FBO (fixed base operation) of TAC Air will feature amenities such as, controlled access to the private hangars and executive terminal, concierge services comprising catering from local celebrity chefs, auto detailing, local event/venue reservations, auto-to-aircraft valet, and secured personal access to all retail facilities located at the Braniff Centre.
The $100 million master plan expansion and redevelopment being led by TAC Air is made possible with the commitment of the City of Dallas. As Dallas Love Field is reborn through ongoing development projects, the Braniff Centre restoration and expansion will help restore a portion of the airfield to the early ‘spirit of aviation and the modern jet-setter’ lifestyle as defined by Braniff International Airways in the late 1950’s. Keeping the original cutting edge building design of William Pereira and Charles Luckman that embodied the spirit of flight in the inverted butterfly roof architecture, The Gravity Company and Burns & McDonnell have designed the restoration to meet guidelines and preservation requirements of the Texas Historic Commission and keep this building an aviation landmark of Dallas.
“When open, you will take a step back to the mid-century era of aviation in Dallas, with Braniff archives on display in the public areas,” said Greg Arnold, Chairman and CEO of Dallas based, TAC – The Arnold Companies, parent company of TAC Air. “For those with aircraft, you can experience the best ground support and hangar facilities in the DFW metroplex as you travel to Dallas through Love Field or make TAC Air your home base.”
A 6-year dream for local automobile dealer, Randall Reed, the Braniff Centre is a welcome upgrade to the existing 26 acre, DalFort Aerospace location. In addition to Reed’s plans to relocate his Park Cities Lincoln dealership to the site, TAC Air has partnered with local entities Blue Star Land, LP a Jones Family company and Lincoln Property Company to preserve the history of the location, expand the business opportunities of the local community and bring an advanced aviation facility to the heart of Dallas – at Love Field.
Vice President, Chief Operating Officer of TAC Air, Christian Sasfai said, “TAC Air is excited about the expansion of our FBO network into Dallas and we look forward to welcoming both new and existing customers to our newest facility at the Braniff Centre.”
TAC Air – DAL FBO and the Braniff Centre are expected to open for use in the summer of 2019.