The iconic TWA Terminal at New York JFK Airport is finally to get a new lease of life as a hotel, with a little help from New York based JetBlue Airways.
JetBlue has teamed up with MCR Development to build the on-site airport hotel close to JetBlue’s Terminal 5 at JFK and will be the only hotel within the airport.
The hotel is slated for a 2018 opening and the long closed TWA Terminal will form the new hotel lobby.
The $265 million project will feature 505 rooms, 40,000 square feet of meeting space, several restaurants and an observation deck.
The Port Authority of New York and New Jersey, which operates JFK, is expected to approve the plan this week.
“We are thrilled the TWA Flight Center will come alive again. As New York’s Hometown Airline, we are proud to be a minority investor in MCR’s plan, which celebrates the landmark’s rich history while returning it to public use,” said Rich Smyth, vice president of corporate real estate at JetBlue.
“We want to thank Governor Cuomo for his leadership in supporting our long-held belief that the TWA terminal can viably be restored and re-opened.”
This will be the second hotel project for JetBlue.
The carrier opened boutique hotel The Lodge at OSC in Orlando earlier this year, which is not open to the public and is used as a base for new recruit orientation.
So my sister who is the greatest sister in the world and expecting her first child in the next 6 weeks suggested I start using this blog to chronicle our great adventures when we were kids and used to be able to fly for free. Yes, there was a time, long ago, when our dad worked for a great airline called TWA. This is more for our kids in case we get too senile to tell these great stories.
The Term Pass
We had a little green card called a term pass, It looked like a credit card and had our pictures on it. It allowed us to print tickets and then write out those tickets to basically any destination that TWA serviced. There was a catch.
You needed to to make sure that there room on the flight because you were, after all, a standby passenger. But those were the good old days. Before frequent flyers hogged all the seats and flying was reserved for the elite. So there usually were some seats left over. I remember in my college years I was even able to time some return on Thanksgiving, which would be unheard of nowadays.
But there we were, waiting, anticipating, not knowing until the last minute whether we we would make the flight.
Now, I don’t know if my sister remembers this, but while computer have been around for a very long time in aviation, when we were kids, the boarding passes looked more like this. There was big map with a whole bunch of stickers laid out like the aircraft seat map. The stickers would be peeled off and put on boarding passes. That is how people got seat assignments! To think nowadays how we change five times online before we even get to the airport!!!!