Abandoned airport terminal is transformed into boutique hotel

Amy Horsfield By Amy Horsfield
01 March 2019 | Updated 01 March 2019

US: A former Trans World Airlines (TWA) terminal has been rebranded as a hotel with a 1960s theme.

Trans World Airlines ceased operation in 2001 and the terminal dedicated to it at John F Kennedy (JFK) airport in New York City, has been abandoned for the last 18 years.

But it has recently rebranded as a hotel themed around the 60s.

The airport's first hotel will pay homage to the former occupant as it has been named TWA.

The project is part of a large-scale renovation project worth $265 million (£199 million). It will feature 512 guest rooms with views of Manhattan and JFK's runways as well as TWA's flight centre.

The hotel will also include a 10,000 square-foot rooftop observation deck with pool, six restaurants and eight bars, and a red lounge transformed from check-in desks.

There is also a museum devoted to the Jet Age, TWA and the modern design movement.

TWA began operations in 1930 and shut its doors in 2001; the Flight Center at JFK closed that same year.

The space has since been re-purposed to try and capture the life of air travel in the 1960s.

The TWA Flight Centre was designed by architect Eero Saarinen and built in 1962.

The lobby features some of the original waiting area seating and music from Frank Sinatra, Dean Martin, and the Beatles.

The hotel museum features uniforms flight attendants wore, furniture and travel posters of the time. Guests can make local or international calls on a rewired rotary phone.

Rooms have been fitted with a special glass called Fabrica to cancel airplane noise.

The hotel will start taking bookings on 15 May, 2019.

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