American Airlines plans to break ground on a new parts distribution facility, known as the Central Fulfillment Center, pending approval from the Dallas Fort Worth International Airport board.
The DFW Airport board meets on Thursday to discuss a 40-year lease for 30 acres with Fort Worth-based American Airlines Group Inc. on a plan for the new facility that will house aircraft parts for the airline. According to board documents, the new facility will be a $100 million capital investment. American Airlines will pay ground rent in the amount of approximately $875,000 per year when it takes occupancy with a projected total rent of approximately $52 million over the 40 year term.
“This new facility will provide ample space to store parts and enable our Tech Ops team to distribute parts quicker and therefore perform maintenance on our aircraft more efficiently, improving operational reliability for our team members and customers,” according to a statement from American Airlines.
The construction of the facility is expected to be a 12-18 month project. The new facility will be adjacent to American Airline’s existing air freight facility at 1816 North Service Road.