TAC Air at the Braniff Centre, Dallas Love Field is Getting the Attention of the Dallas Real Estate Market

 

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Here’s what developers are planning at Braniff Airway’s old digs at Love Field

Steve Brown, Real Estate Editor

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When Braniff Airways opened its new operations center at Love Field in 1958, crowds of people came to tour the three-level building on Lemmon Avenue. Braniff’s base was even bigger than the new Love Field passenger terminal across the tarmac. The ultra modern building had offices in front and hangars out back that were oversized to accommodate the new Boeing 707 “jet liners” Dallas’ hometown airline was just putting into service.

Back in the day, more than 2,500 Braniff workers were based out of the Lemmon Avenue complex, which was hailed as “the newest, most modern aviation plant of its kind in the nation.” For more than a decade, the big metal and glass buildings on the east side of Love Field have sat crumbling. Now a $140 million redevelopment project is turning Braniff’s old digs into a mixed-use development.

Work crews have begun dismantling much of the mid-century modern building to transform it into a new retail, office and aviation center. “I think every neighbor around there will be grateful for what we are doing and the partnership we put together to pull this

TAC Air at the Braniff Centre

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The redeveloped aviation complex will be called Braniff Centre. (Rendering of site provided by TAC)

off,” said Dallas businessman and auto dealer Randall Reed, who’s spent more than five years trying to resurrect the old Braniff complex.

Reed has brought in Dallas developer Lincoln Property, Dallas Cowboys’ owner Jerry Jones and aviation company The Arnold Cos. to head the project. “It’s taken a lot of vision to see what this could be and step up and do it,” said Reed, who will locate his Lincoln dealership and offices on part of the property that once housed the Legend Air terminal and parking. Designed by noted international architects William Pereira and Charles Luckman and local designer Mark Lemmon, Braniff’s old Love Field home was threatened with demolition. Local preservationists and Braniff alums led the fight to get the buildings designated a national landmark

“It has historical significance,” Reed said. “At the time we really didn’t understand the architects background and the history. If we wanted to move forward with this project we had to figure out a way to renovate it.” The project redevelopers have preserved the front of the old buildings facing Lemmon. Out back where the hangars and maintenance facilities were, the building has been carved up to create a huge internal court. “The center of the building has already been removed,” said Tad Perryman, vice president with The Arnold Cos. “We have to keep as much of the original appearance as possible. “The Texas Historical Commission has been part of the whole process.” The Arnold Cos’ TAC Air subsidiary is taking about 200,000 square feet of the complex for a commercial aviation center that will offer private hangars, an executive terminal and concierge and valet services.

“This sets us up in a flagship location,” Perryman said. “We had a great opportunity to develop something for business aviation.” Ohio-based Flexjet LLC is also moving its Dallas-area operations to the 26- acre complex Braniff Centre. The fractional jet ownership company will move workers into 32,000 square feet of offices and open a private terminal and 60,000-square-foot maintenance hangar. On the front of the building facing Lemmon, restaurant and retail space will be set aside. And part of the three-level glass and steel entry building will house offices. “We are getting interest from creative and design firms,” said Arnold Cos.’ director of investments Casey Park. “It’s going to be very Braniffcentric. There will be exhibits.” Michael Graves of Gravity Co. and architect Burns & McDonnell have worked on the design of the project. He said the developers are looking at the possibility of adding an office building on a vacant site at the south end of the property. “Our goal is to provide the community with mixed-use opportunities, not just aviation,” Perryman said. “It’s really going to change this stretch of Lemmon Avenue.” The first sections of Braniff Centre will start opening next year, 60 years after the complex held its grand opening.

TAC Air Enters The Dallas Market In A Historic Way

The Braniff Centre at Love Field – redevelopment and expansion takes place to house new TAC Air FBO as anchor to multi-use, aviation, retail, office and hospitality facility.

Dallas, Texas (February 14, 2018) – You can feel love in the air this February 14th as Dallas Love Field starts to see change taking place at the former 1958 Braniff International Airways facility, now to be called the Braniff Centre located at 7701 Lemmon Avenue on the East side of Dallas Love Field airport, the center of the general aviation corridor.

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.

“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 Mr. 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.”

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.

TAC Air – DAL FBO and the Braniff Centre are expected to open for use in the summer of 2019.

About TAC Air

TAC Air is an aviation ground services company providing the highest level of service available in fixed base operations with more than 700 associates in its network of operations spanning across the U.S. from Salt Lake City, Utah in the west to Hartford, Connecticut in the east. TAC Air is a division of TAC – The Arnold Companies, a Texas based aviation services and energy marketing company

Find more information about the passion for great service TAC Air is providing pilots, aircraft owners, airlines and government/military at http://tacair.com. And for more information on TAC visit http://thearnoldcos.com.

Sky’s the Limit for Service and Success

What began in 1986 as a local business , has rapidly expanded into an aerospace industry leader. Starting out of Texarkana, AR, and originally called Road Runner Aviation, the single-location fixed base operation (FBO) was rebranded as TAC Air in 1991. Its mission was to consider what other companies were providing, then turn around and do those things like none other.

TAC Air currently employs over 400 associates at 14 FBO locations throughout the nation, and with a unyielding pledge to provide first-rate customer service, and fair and competitive pricing. Minding their efforts to continuously improve their services, TAC Air is set to continue its steady growth through the aerospace industry. They conduct everything from ground handling and aircraft refueling, to hangar development for all divisions of aviation.

What are their keys to success? What is the driving force behind their exemplary service? Kip Simanek, general manager for TAC Air in Little Rock, says it’s more than keeping a focus on service, “it’s creating a culture of service.” He spoke on how TAC Air recognizes their role as caretakers of their customers, as well as their employees. When a company has well-trained and well-taken-care of employees that understand the clients their company services, the employees in turn can deliver the quality service TAC Air promises.

According to Kip, it’s also about keeping the work environment open, communication channels open, and the operations themselves natural. He comments, “we take our jobs [quite] seriously, but we don’t take ourselves as seriously.” Though not quite the small scale business it used to be, TAC Air prides itself on keeping a family-like atmosphere for everybody. Even within a heavily growth-conscious ecosystem, TAC Air works hard to carry on the “tight-knit family” feeling it started off with.

Beginning in 2006, while finalizing as an alliance in 2012, TAC Air was a founding member of the Arkansas Aerospace and Defense Alliance (AADA). Expecting to remain a “hotbed of growth” in the aerospace industry, TAC Air felt its duty to the Alliance lay within becoming the gateway of aviation throughout all of Arkansas. Being a part of the Alliance is more to TAC Air than expanding contracts, it’s about being the foundational support of Arkansas aerospace and aviation industries as they continue to thrive.

Kip proudly stated that AADA’s relationship with TAC Air has brought the benefit of attracting more personnel into the aviation and aerospace industries in general, let alone their personal ranks. As their relationship has developed through the years, Kip explained that with the reputation of AADA growing, companies and tech schools alike have begun to increasingly move into Arkansas, bringing students and those interested in aerospace into the state and eventually into the industry itself. He adds, “you can mine resources, utilize computer programs, but in order to get the products produced and keep the businesses running we have to have the people who are interested in running the jobs.” Kip also spoke to the importance of personnel: it isn’t simply for filling positions, but stimulating the aviation market, and even the national economy, as a whole. It is through growth in people and markets that grows the industry and the fields connected to it.

Aerospace and aviation industries are not without their struggles, however the AADA’s resources have helped create more opportunities and work through legal barriers that TAC Air simply couldn’t on their own. Kip noted that the AADA is what provides the chance for members like TAC Air to connect with the lawmakers responsible for enacting modifications for current aviation and aerospace, laws that “could be friendlier to those in this industry.” Not strangers to innovation, TAC Air recognizes that as technologies change, and as global business relationships continue to form, the importance of adapting current laws and taxes is crucial to a thriving market.

Keeping their eyes on skies of progress, TAC Air will continue its efforts to seek advancements in aviation and aerospace technology and continuing to excel in first-class customer service. The original article is found here.

TAC Air Becomes First IS-BAH Registered FBO Chain

Leadership team demonstrates commitment to best in class safety standards

DALLAS, Texas (November 16, 2016) – TAC Air, a fixed-base operator (FBO) with 14 locations across the country, today became the first FBO Chain to be issued the rigorous safety and ground handling accreditation from the International Business Aviation Council (IBAC). The International Standard for Business Aircraft Handling (IS-BAH) is a set of global industry’s best practices for business aviation ground handlers.

“The International Business Aviation Council congratulates the entire TAC Air team in demonstrating such a strong commitment to building and maintaining a culture based on safety management and risk mitigation,” said Terry Yeomans, IS-BAH Program Director for the IBAC.

IS-BAH accreditation involves a complete audit of an FBO’s safety management systems, emergency procedures, organizational structure, administrative elements, security procedures, training protocols, and operating procedure.

“We’d rather be better than lucky,” says Christian Sasfai, TAC Air VP and COO. “As we continue to grow our network, it becomes increasingly important to formalize our process for continuous improvement and build upon the safety culture already in place.” Sasfai adds, “We continue to make investments in building a strong customer service experience and one aspect of that is our commitment to a higher level of safety and risk management.“

Certificates of registration are issued by IBAC to FBOs that have successfully demonstrated conformity to the industry’s best practice standards through completion of a three-stage external audit by an IBAC accredited auditor.

TAC Air Becomes First FBO Chain to Complete the Audit Process for IS-BAH Registration

Leadership team demonstrates commitment to best in class safety standards

 DALLAS, Texas (November 8, 2016) – TAC Air has completed the audit process to become the first FBO Chain to be issued the rigorous safety and ground handling accreditation from the International Business Aviation Council (IBAC). The International Standard for Business Aircraft Handling (IS-BAH) is a set of global industry’s best practices for business aviation ground handlers.

“The International Business Aviation Council congratulates the entire TAC Air team in demonstrating such a strong commitment to building and maintaining a culture based on safety management and risk mitigation,” said Terry Yeomans, IS-BAH Program Director for the IBAC.

IS-BAH accreditation involves a complete audit of an FBO’s safety management systems, emergency procedures, organizational structure, administrative elements, security procedures, training protocols, and operating procedure.

“We’d rather be better than lucky,” says Christian Sasfai, TAC Air VP and COO.  “As we continue to grow our network, it becomes increasingly important to formalize our process for continuous improvement and build upon the safety culture already in place.”  Sasfai adds, “We continue to make investments in building a strong customer service experience and one aspect of that is our commitment to a higher level of safety and risk management.“

Certificates of registration are issued by IBAC to FBOs that have successfully demonstrated conformity to the industry’s best practice standards through completion of a three-stage external audit by an IBAC accredited auditor.

TAC Air Ramps Up Wi-Fi

Ramp coverage completed across network with improved service in executive terminals

A commercial grade outdoor wi-fi antenna system recently installed at one of the TAC Air locations

A commercial grade outdoor wi-fi antenna system recently installed at one of the TAC Air locations

DALLAS, Texas (November 17, 2015) – TAC Air has completed installation of new equipment and now provides broadband Wi-Fi Internet coverage on the ramp of each of the network’s 14 FBO locations. In addition, connection speeds have been increased at several key locations, as well as equipment upgrades at all locations.

Christian Sasfai, TAC Air VP & COO, stated the new ramp service will provide “a higher level of customer service, especially for flight crews during a quick turn”.  The service is free and covers the primary ramp areas at all locations.

Inside all executive terminals, customers and flight crews alike will enjoy the benefits of improved Wi-Fi connectivity. All access points have been replaced and upgraded to heavy duty commercial grade

hardware. The new equipment provides improved security to users by further isolating each customer’s device from other signal users in the area, as well as remote administrative access from TAC’s IT support center for instant tech support. Returning customers will still be able to access Wi-Fi service through the same “TAC Air” SSID at all locations.

The new Wi-Fi standard is a part of the major customer service investment program currently underway across the TAC Air network. An $11 million redevelopment and expansion project is currently underway at Bill and Hillary Clinton National Airport in Little Rock, AR (LIT) including the construction of a new TAC Air world-class executive terminal. Additional hangar space has just been completed at TAC Air’s Texarkana, AR (TXK) FBO and is under development at its Hartford, CT (BDL) location. TAC Air has engaged ServiceElements International, Inc. to develop and implement an extensive customer service training initiative for all TAC Air associates. And finally, more executive terminal facility renovations are slated in the near future for TAC Air’s Amarillo, TX (AMA) and Knoxville, TN (TYS) locations.

On-Site Customs and Border Protection Facility Open at TAC Air OMA

New facility ties directly into executive terminal

The new Customs and Border Protection facility ties directly into TAC Air OMA's executive terminal

The new Customs and Border Protection facility ties directly into TAC Air OMA’s executive terminal

DALLAS, Texas (November 17, 2015) – Working in conjunction with the Omaha Airport Authority, a new 2,000 square foot purpose built US Customs and Border Protection facility has opened at the TAC Air FBO. The new facility ties directly into the TAC Air OMA executive terminal, and will provide a “seamless experience for all general aviation aircraft arriving OMA from outside the U.S.,” according to Matt Davis, TAC Air Director of Business Development.

The new customs clearance facility is a part of the major customer service initiative currently underway across the TAC Air network. A major equipment and coverage area improvement has been made as Wi-Fi is now available on all ramps with improved service in all executive terminals. An $11 million redevelopment and expansion project is currently underway at Bill and Hillary Clinton National Airport in Little Rock, AR (LIT) including the construction of a new TAC Air world-class executive terminal.

Additional hangar space has just been completed at TAC Air’s Texarkana, AR (TXK) FBO and is under development at its Hartford, CT (BDL) location. TAC Air has engaged ServiceElements International, Inc. to develop and implement an extensive customer service training initiative for all TAC Air associates. And finally, more executive terminal facility renovations are slated in the near future for TAC Air’s Amarillo, TX (AMA) and Knoxville, TN (TYS) locations

TAC Air Expands Senior Management Staff

Tracy Hykes promoted to Manager of Administrative Services

 

Tracy Hykes, TAC Air Manager of Administrative Services

Tracy Hykes, TAC Air Manager of Administrative Services

DALLAS, Texas (November 17, 2015) – TAC Air has expanded its senior management personnel by promoting Tracy Hykes to Manager of Administrative Services. Tracy will be based with the TAC Air management team in Dallas, TX, and will work closely with Carol McNally, TAC Air Director of Administrative Services, to empower the FBO network’s customer service programs and training. Christian Sasfai, TAC Air VP & COO, stated, “Tracy’s knowledge of our point of sale system, TAC Air policies and procedures, plus her general knowledge of an FBO will be a great asset as we roll out our customer service program.” TAC Air has commissioned ServiceElements International, Inc. to develop an extensive customer service training program for all TAC Air associates.

Tracy started her aviation career in the Navy as an Aviation Machinist Mate and Plane Captain. For the past 15 years, she has been with TAC Air, starting in line service, working behind the front counter and most recently as Customer Service Supervisor at the network’s Lexington, KY, (LEX) location. She commented, “Continually striving to provide the best possible customer service from behind the counter has always been my passion. I’m incredibly excited to now have the opportunity to participate in taking our new customer service program to every counter in the TAC Air network.”

The customer service training is one component of a major customer service initiative currently underway across the TAC Air network. A major equipment and coverage area improvement has been made as Wi-Fi is now available on all FBO ramps with improved service in all executive terminals. An $11 million redevelopment and expansion project is currently underway at Bill and Hillary Clinton National Airport in Little Rock, AR (LIT) including the construction of a new TAC Air world-class executive terminal.  Additional hangar space has just been completed at TAC Air’s Texarkana, AR (TXK) FBO and is under development at its Hartford, CT (BDL) location. TAC Air has engaged ServiceElements International, Inc. to develop and implement an extensive customer service training initiative for all TAC Air associates. And finally, more executive terminal facility renovations are slated in the near future for TAC Air’s Amarillo, TX (AMA) and Knoxville, TN (TYS) locations.

TAC Air Commissions ServiceElements International, Inc.

FBO network focuses on elevating customer service standards

A view of activity from inside TAC Air's SUS executive terminal

A view of activity from inside TAC Air’s SUS executive terminal

 DALLAS, Texas (November 17, 2015) – TAC Air has entered into a long-term agreement with ServiceElements International, Inc. to develop and implement a customized customer service program. The program, entitled “CuSP”, will be integrated at every customer touch point across the entire FBO network. To ensure optimal results from the program, TAC Air has expanded its senior management staff with the addition of Tracy Hykes, in the new position of Manager of Administrative Services.

Christian Sasfai, TAC Air VP and COO, said, “We are continually looking for ways to improve the customer experience at TAC Air. From safety and technical training on the ramp, to our administrative offices, to the front counter, we are leaving no stone unturned in a major commitment to a continual elevation of the TAC Air customer experience.”  Sasfai went on to say, “We’re very proud of how hard our associates work to deliver exceptional customer service to our customers. But we want to make sure we give them every tool available to help them be the very best at what they do.”

The ServiceElements initiative is a component of the major customer service program currently underway across the TAC Air network. A major equipment and coverage area improvement has been made as Wi-Fi is now available on all ramps with improved service in all executive terminals. An $11 million redevelopment and expansion project is currently underway at Bill and Hillary Clinton National Airport in Little Rock, AR (LIT) including the construction of a new TAC Air world-class executive terminal. And finally, more executive terminal facility renovations are slated in the near future for TAC Air’s Amarillo, TX (AMA) and Knoxville, TN (TYS) locations.

TAC Air to Construct New Executive Terminal

FBO Chain to Break Ground at Clinton National Airport in Little Rock

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (April 20, 2015) – TAC Air will soon break ground on a new world-class executive terminal at the Bill and Hillary Clinton National Airport (LIT) in Little Rock, Arkansas. The well-appointed facility will feature amenities such as a conference room, pilot lounge, flight planning area, and passenger waiting. In addition, there will be a theater room, outdoor patio and pilot rest areas. Completion of the project is expected by spring 2016.

TAC Air LIT Executive Terminal

Conceptual drawing of the street entrance of the new TAC Air LIT executive terminal.

The new executive terminal will be located next to the North Terminal at LIT, where TAC Air consolidated operations after the acquisition of FBO services from Central Flying Service February 1, 2015.  Approximately six months prior, in August 2014, TAC Air entered the Little Rock market with the purchase of the assets of  fixed base operator Supermarine, expanding the TAC Air FBO network to 14 locations.

TAC Air is drawing inspiration for the LIT executive terminal from its facility in Lexington, Kentucky (LEX). Kip Simanek, who was the general manager for TAC Air LEX during its new executive terminal design and construction project, transferred to TAC Air LIT in January of this year. According to TAC Air VP & COO Christian Sasfai, “Kip successfully led the operation during not only extensive redevelopment of the leasehold, but also through a consolidation of FBOs at LEX when TAC Air acquired the assets of Air 51. His specific experience with such undertakings will be a valuable asset at LIT.” Christian Sasfai and Kip Simanek are both working on the LIT redevelopment project with architect Jerry Herndon, who designed TAC Air’s executive terminal at LEX.

The executive terminal construction is just one component of an $11 million redevelopment and expansion project TAC Air committed to under its lease terms with the Clinton National Airport. Once the new terminal is operational, plans are for the North Terminal to be demolished to make way for additional hangar space.

Operating since 1986, TAC Air has won numerous awards for safety and customer service, including being named “#1 FBO Chain” twice in recent years by the readers of Professional Pilot magazine.

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