DFW International Airport Unveils Skylink People Mover System at ‘A Taste of the World’ Celebration

Opening Event Gala Benefits Passenger Assistance Groups; Skylink Links DFW Travelers on May 21; First of Three Major Expansion Projects to Open

DFW INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT, Texas, May 4 /PRNewswire/ — DFW International Airport welcomed two thousand guests and sponsors today to celebrate the completion of the Skylink automated people mover system, the largest airport train system in the world. The gala event “Skylink: A Taste of the World” featured a ceremonial first ride and internationally-themed dining and entertainment options at four Skylink station platforms across the Airport’s four existing terminals. Skylink will open for passenger service on Saturday May 21, 2005.

Current and former Mayors of the Airport’s owner cities, including Ron Kirk, Adelene Harrison and Wes Wise of Dallas, and Mike Moncrief, Kenneth Barr and Bob Bolen of Fort Worth took part in the ceremonial first ride aboard Skylink during an opening reception prior to the gala.

A portion of the proceeds from the Skylink opening event will benefit non- profit organizations at DFW that assist passengers and visitors to the Airport every day, including the USO located in Terminal B, the DFW Interfaith Chaplaincy, Airport Ambassadors and Travelers Aid.

“Skylink will dramatically improve the passenger experience at DFW,” said Jeff Fegan, CEO of DFW International Airport. “After five years of planning, construction and final testing, we’re excited to see the first of our three major capital development program projects set to open.”

“Bombardier is proud to provide cutting-edge APM technology to DFW, an airport that is very important to international markets and the aviation industry,” said Wolfgang Toelsner, Chief Operating Officer of Bombardier Transportation, the Montreal-based manufacturer of the Skylink vehicles, software control systems and running surfaces. Toelsner added, “Today’s worldwide launch of our Innovia system for the Airport’s Skylink reflects DFW’s commitment to provide exceptional service for airport passengers.”

Skylink’s fleet of 64 cars will travel at speeds of up to 35 miles an hour along an elevated, bi-directional guideway. The Skylink guideway spans almost five miles and is elevated an average of 50 feet above ground, offering passengers dramatic aerial views of airport operations as well as area skylines.

The $880 million Skylink system is part of the Airport’s $2.8 billion dollar Capital Development Program, which also includes the new International Terminal D and the Grand Hyatt Hotel, both of which are slated to open in July.

“It’s entirely appropriate that Skylink will offer us our first ride into our Airport’s bright future,” said DFW Board Chairman Jeff Wentworth. “A truly world-class global transportation hub such as DFW must have a world- class transportation system to move people from point to point, and we now have that in Skylink.”

“DFW’s evolution into one of the world’s major gateways to America is almost complete,” said Kevin Cox, DFW’s Chief Operating Officer. “Skylink, International Terminal D and the Grand Hyatt will ensure that our Airport is ready for growth well into the 21st century.”

At the Skylink gala, two members of Canada’s famed Royal Mounted Police greeted guests, and entertainment was provided by a variety of local community and school musicians and entertainers at each stop. Skylink cars also whisked guests through the nearly completed International Terminal D, giving guests a sneak peek at the brand new facility.

Each participating Skylink station took on a theme from a different region of the world served by DFW, filled with international cuisine and live entertainment. The Pacific Rim was represented in Skylink station A-South, Argentine and Caribbean fare was served in the B-South station, the C-North station featured Italian cuisine and Irish pub selections, and station E-South highlighted Texas and American specialties.

The presenting sponsor for the Skylink gala event was Bombardier Transportation.

Diamond sponsors include Carter-Burgess, Hensel Phelps Construction Co., Kellogg Brown & Root, Lea+Elliott and Pepsi.

Emerald sponsors include Azteca Enterprises, Inc., Omega Contracting Inc., CA One Services, Corgan, First Southwest Company, FMC Technologies, Gatherings d’Elegance, Honeywell, La Bodega Winery, Lopez Garcia Group, URS, Eddie Dean, Aero Foods Inc., OCI and KJM and Associates.

Ruby sponsors include American Airlines, Best Southwest, Exel, Freese and Nichols, Friberg Associates Inc., HEB, HKS, Mills Electrical Contractors, Morgan Keegan, Morgan Stanley, PGAL, and SKIHI.

Contributing sponsors include Coors Light, Fort Worth International Center, City of Grapevine, Halff Associates, HMS Host, Hyatt Regency DFW, Paradies Shops and Camargo Copeland Architects.

About DFW International Airport

Located halfway between the cities of Dallas and Fort Worth, Texas, DFW International Airport is the world’s third busiest, offering nearly 1,800 flights per day and serving 57 million passengers a year. DFW International Airport provides non-stop service to 119 domestic and 33 international destinations worldwide. For the latest news, real-time flight information, parking availability or further details regarding the many services provided at DFW International Airport, log on to http://www.dfwairport.com/ .

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