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American Airlines to name new campus after former CEO Bob Crandall

American Airlines CEO Doug Parker (right) announced Saturday that the carrier will name its new Fort Worth campus after retired CEO Bob Crandall.
American Airlines CEO Doug Parker (right) announced Saturday that the carrier will name its new Fort Worth campus after retired CEO Bob Crandall.

American Airlines will name its new Fort Worth corporate headquarters campus after its former chief executive Bob Crandall.

Current chief executive Doug Parker made the announcement on Saturday evening at a World Affairs Council of Dallas/Fort Worth awards dinner. At the event, Parker was introduced by Crandall as Parker was receiving the H. Neil Mallon Award, which Crandall had previously received.

“Bob is a legendary figure at American and in our industry and naming our campus after him is an appropriate tribute to his phenomenal career,” Parker said. “It’s especially fitting because the location of our future campus is the same site as American’s original Fort Worth headquarters where Bob spent many years as CEO.”

Crandall worked at American for 25 years and served as CEO from 1985 to 1998. During his tenure, the carrier doubled its workforce to over 100,000 employees and tripled its annual revenue to $19.2 billion.

In May, American demolished six buildings at its old headquarters site including Crandall’s old office which was on the fourth floor of one of the buildings and overlooked a creek. The Fort Worth-based carrier will build a new headquarters campus on the 97-acre site which is adjacent to American’s Flight Academy and Training and Conferencce Center. It is also close to its new $88 million Integrated Operations Center that opened last year.

By moving the headquarters from its current location on Amon Carter Boulevard, American will have a 300-acre corporate campus on the westside of State Highway 360.

With 100 pounds of dynamite and 300 pounds of shaped charges, a former American Airlines headquarters complex came down to make way for new corporate campus Friday. (Star-Telegram/Max Faulkner) mfaulkner@star-telegram.com

Andrea Ahles: 817-390-7631, @Sky_Talk

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