On Wednesday I detailed Everything You Need to Know About American’s New Flagship Dining Room in Dallas.
It’s inside the Admirals Club in Terminal D, and it had its soft opening yesterday (it officially opens on Tuesday November 3).
Flagship Dining will be available to anyone that would otherwise have access to a Flagship Lounge, American’s international first class lounges. That means same day oneworld international first class passengers, American Executive Platinums flying international same day regardless of class of service, and oneworld Emeralds flying the alliance same day even if they are flying American Airlines domestic flights.
For 21 months after British Airways folded british midland into their operation I was a BA Gold. That meant I could use American’s Flagship Lounges when flying American. I no longer have this status, and will have to wait several months it seems until my next international trip that connects through Dallas to see the place in person.
Hans Mast visited yesterday in the morning on the lounge’s first day of opening, and graciously shared his photos. He was visiting on arrival as an Executive Platinum just having flown international in from Tokyo.
Yesterday I mentioned that some people were being proactively invited to use the space during its soft opening, prior to November 3. Hans relayed that he asked at check-in for an invite and the lounge agents happily obliged.
Here’s the paper invitation to show at the door, and the drink chits that the lounge provides to eligible customers (who already received those prior to the opening of Flagship Dining).
It’s a nicely adorned space, and Hans was impressed by three waiters for a mostly empty room. He also shares that they were requesting feedback and seemed proud of the new offering.
At breakfast the options appear modest, though better than what’s offered complimentary to Admirals Club guests.
The drink display is nice, and it’s great to see Taittinger champagne even in the morning.
Here are the meal service hours:
- Breakfast: 8:30-11am
- Lunch: 11am-2pm
- Tea: 2-4pm
- Dinner: 4-9:30pm
I’d definitely rather visit in the afternoon for rotating hot appetizers along the lines of those I previewed back in June (specific items will vary).
It will be interesting to see how busy it gets during peak times, since it will be open to all of American’s Executive Platinums flying international same day as well as the top tier elites of American’s oneworld partner airlines.