United Airlines Announces Concessions for New Terminal B South Concourse at
Houston's Bush Intercontinental Airport
INCLUDES FIRST-TIME AIRPORT CONCESSIONS BY CELEBRITY CHEFS WITH LOCAL AND
HOUSTON, April 1, 2013
HOUSTON, April 1, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- United Airlines today unveiled the
dining and retail concessions for the airline's new Terminal B south concourse
at Houston's George Bush Intercontinental Airport. The list is led by two new
celebrity-chef venues with local and regional ties, and other first-time
dining concessions with Texas roots, as well as several familiar airport
The $95 million south concourse redevelopment, which will open in mid-April,
is a new 225,000-square-foot facility that will accommodate United Express
regional flights. At nearly four times the size of the previous south
concourse, the new space will provide a better customer experience, featuring
modern and expanded gate-lounge areas, 17 food, beverage and retail
concessions and a spacious central passenger lounge with expansive tarmac
"Travelers want the same high-quality dining and shopping experiences they
have at home, and we selected the new Terminal B concessions with that in
mind," said Kate Gebo, United's vice president of corporate real estate.
"We're pleased to introduce several first-time airport concessions from
well-known restaurants that offer variations on Texas flavors, along with
established airport concession brands that are already popular with our
First-time airport concession 3^rd Bar Oyster & Eating House is the creation
of Houston native and celebrated chef Bryan Caswell and noted food and
beverage director Bill Floyd. In 2008, Bon Appetit magazine named Caswell and
Floyd's seafood restaurant Reef, located in Houston's Midtown, the Number 1
seafood restaurant in the United States, and Caswell was named among Food &
Wine magazine's Top 10 Best New Chefs in 2009. Caswell has been seen on the
Food Network's Next Iron Chef and on Bravo's Top Chef.He is also a member of
United's Congress of Chefs.
"We're excited to bring 3^rd Bar from Reef Restaurant to United's new terminal
at Bush Intercontinental Airport," said Caswell. "We look forward to offering
expertly prepared seafood from one of Houston's high-profile restaurants to
travelers in Terminal B."
Another airport first is The Fruteria, developed by San Antonio chef Johnny
Hernandez, whose passion for Mexican street food has caught the attention of
Travel & Leisure, Southern Living and Bravo's Top Chef.
The Fruteria will fuse the vitality of Mexican culture with a contemporary
Houston vibe - by day serving fruit cocktails, fruit and vegetable juices, a
variety of smoothies and Mexican coffees. To satisfy heartier appetites, The
Fruteria will feature robust torta sandwiches and creative Mexican-inspired
tostadas. By night, The Fruteria will transform into a buzzing, contemporary
cocktail lounge featuring fresh fruit tequila cocktails.
Other new airport concessions include Texas icon Whataburger; Bullrito's, also
a Texas native, that will feature fresh Tex-Mex; and Barcuterie, which will
offer cured meats and classic cheeses in an energetic bar setting.
Familiar favorites such as Famous Famiglia, Fresh Gourmet Marketplace, Panda
Express and Starbucks round out the Terminal B south concourse food and
Global restaurateur HMSHost is the operator of 3^rd Bar Oyster & Eating House,
The Fruteria, Barcuterie and Starbucks.
Travelers in the Terminal B south concourse will also have a variety of
oThe iStore Boutique is the first airport retail concept authorized to sell
Apple devices. The store carries an extensive selection of both electronic
hardware and accessories, such as e-readers, laptops, tablets, cases and
chargers, from a variety of brands.
oRelay, the only international airport travel essentials brand, was founded
in Paris in 1852. Today, its more than 1300 stores around the world create
a sense of place, with every location reflecting the city and region in
which it is located. Relay stocks a range of products from travel
accessories to books, toys, gifts and health and beauty items.
oBrookstone's highly interactive store will offer the latest business and
tech gear, tablet accessories, checkpoint-friendly luggage, travel pillows
and blankets and a selection of "what did you bring me?" gifts.
oInternational beauty brand The Body Shop is known for its creative,
innovative and effective products made using animal cruelty-free and
Other well-known retail stores include Ice Currency Exchange, Johnston &
Murphy, Natalie's Candy Jar and Nuance Duty Free.
With 15,000 square feet of concessions, the new concession space is
500-percent larger than the concession space in the previous south concourse
Westfield leased and will manage the retail and food and beverage operations
in the Terminal B south concourse. Westfield is currently responsible for
leasing and managing the concessions in the Terminal B north concourse and in
Terminal E at Bush Intercontinental Airport.
United Airlines and United Express operate an average of 5,472 flights a day
to 381 airports across six continents. In 2012, United and United Express
carried more passenger traffic than any other airline in the world and
operated nearly two million flights carrying 140 million customers. United is
investing in upgrading its onboard products and now offers more flat-bed seats
in its premium cabins and more extra-legroom economy-class seating than any
airline in North America. In 2013, United became the first U.S.-based
international carrier to offer satellite-based Wi-Fi on long-haul overseas
routes. The airline also features DIRECTV® on nearly 200 aircraft, offering
customers more live television access than any other airline in the world.
United operates nearly 700 mainline aircraft and has made large-scale
investments in its fleet. In 2013, United will continue to modernize its fleet
by taking delivery of more than two dozen new Boeing aircraft. The company
expanded its industry-leading global route network in 2012, launching nine new
international and 18 new domestic routes. Business Traveler magazine awarded
United Best Airline for North American Travel for 2012, and readers of Global
Traveler magazine have voted United's MileagePlus program the best frequent
flyer program for nine consecutive years. United is a founding member of Star
Alliance, which provides service to 194 countries via 27 member airlines. More
than 85,000 United employees reside in every U.S. state and in countries
around the world. For more information, visit united.com or follow United on
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