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A (Possibly Final) Look Inside the TWA Flight Center at JFK Airport

October 14, 2013 at 10:08 AM | by | Comments (0)

There are no other buildings that show the romance of travel like the TWA Flight Center at New York’s JFK Airport. The Saarinen-designed terminal was completed in 1962 and closed in 2001 following TWA’s financial deterioration. Countless starry-eyed travelers were lucky enough to pass through the doors and check-in to their flights under the vaulted ceiling while it was operational.

The rare opportunity to visit inside the structure this last weekend was thanks to the openhousenewyork festival. Plans are in the works to convert the terminal to a hotel and convention center, so this might have been your last chance to see it filled with people as it was meant to be.

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What You Need to Know for Sunday's TWA Flight Center Open House at JFK

October 11, 2013 at 2:41 PM | by | Comments (0)

SUNDAY SUNDAY SUNDAY!

The TWA Flight Center at New York's JFK Airport will again be open to the public for this one day: Sunday, October 13. And it may be the last time to view the building in as close to Saarinen's original plans as possible, since rumors of hotel development are approaching fact.

The reason? The 11th annual openhousenewyork festival (OHNY), a weekend event that flings open private doors to showcase typically hidden gems of the city. Last year was only the second instance of the TWA Flight Center welcoming hoards of the curious and, even better, access was (and still will be) free!

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Why You'll Soon Find a Farm Stand of Fresh Produce at JFK's T5

October 9, 2013 at 9:33 AM | by | Comments (0)

These days airlines and airports are doing everything they can to bring the outside inside when it comes to things offered up in the terminals and concourses. JetBlue is often leading the way with stuff like this as they’re the ones who have been running their own concert series at their home at New York’s JFK, and now they’re starting something else pretty darn neat.

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What's Arriving on JetBlue's New A321s: An Economy Class of Awesome

October 2, 2013 at 12:04 PM | by | Comments (0)

What's arriving with JetBlue's A321s:

1. The "Mint" premium seats
2. "Mint" eats & treats
3. Upgrades to everything else

All this talk about Mint and A321s is exciting, for sure, but adding fancy new premium seats on a new airplane isn't going to distract JetBlue from their bread and butter: Economy Class.

JetBlue has, from their very beginning some thirteen years ago, touted their egalitarian approach to air travel. Everyone gets a leather seat; everyone enjoys free snacks and beverages; everyone can watch live, DirecTV channels on seatback screens; and everyone has a chance at low airfares. This isn't going away with the arrival of A321s into JetBlue's fleet, but being improved. Even better? The improvements are very noticeable; this is not a case of, "oh, we added some nice new accent piping to the headrest" (though there's that, too).

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What's Arriving on JetBlue's New A321s: Amenity Kits and a Full Food Menu

October 1, 2013 at 2:23 PM | by | Comments (0)

What's arriving with JetBlue's A321s:

1. The "Mint" premium seats
2. "Mint" eats & treats
3. Upgrades to everything else

You've already seen the new "Mint" seats, but what about all the goodies that come with a premium in-flight experience and $599 one-way? Since Mint won't fly until June 15, 2014, JetBlue has plenty of time to refine the extras. Still, it's obvious they're pretty excited and want travelers to be as well, so yesterday they gave a glimpse of a few goodies they're working on for including with Mint.

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What's Arriving on JetBlue's New A321s: 'Mint' Premium Suite Seats

September 30, 2013 at 5:14 PM | by | Comments (0)

What's arriving with JetBlue's A321s:

1. The "Mint" premium seats
2. "Mint" eats & treats
3. Upgrades to everything else

"Bigger, better, bluer." That's the message of JetBlue as today CEO Dave Barger announced a slew of shiny new improvements to come with the arrival of Airbus A321s.

Bigger? For sure—the A321 beats JetBlue's current fleet of A320s and E190s in size.

Better? You know it—new planes mean new seats, mean new improvements to comfort and entertainment.

Bluer? Well, that's up for debate as the headline-grabber of the day involved the introduction of "Mint," the 16 premium seats set to form JetBlue's first attempt at a Business Class in the front of the plane.

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The TWA Flight Center at JFK Has a New Name and, Perhaps, a New Future

September 9, 2013 at 10:13 AM | by | Comments (0)

This weekend brought even more news on the fate of JFK Airport's TWA Flight Center or, as we may soon call it, The Standard, Flight Center.

The NY Post' s Page Six reports that hotelier Andre Balazs has more to celebrate than just the 5th anniversary of his Standard Hotel in NYC's Meatpacking District, as his plans to develop the Terminal 5 Flight Center into a 150-room hotel and convention center move forward.

The final proposal hasn't yet been approved by the Port Authority and, as we recently reported, they aren't having the easiest time agreeing that Balazs' design plans are the right ones for the space. Thus, this is the ideal time for Balazs to leak details in a bid to gain more publicity and garner excitement over the possible "Standard, Flight Center," while its neighbor, the old Terminal 3 Pan Am Worldport, is reduced to rubble (sharing a fate with the I.M. Pei-designed Terminal 6 Sundrome, demolished just two years ago).

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The TWA Flight Center at JFK Will Again Open to the Public for One Day

September 5, 2013 at 1:12 PM | by | Comments (0)

October can't come soon enough, as we've just confirmed that the TWA Flight Center at New York's JFK Airport will again be open to the public for one day: Sunday, October 13.

The reason? The 11th annual openhousenewyork festival (OHNY), a weekend event that flings open private doors to showcase typically hidden gems of the city. The weekend is October 12-13 and although the full schedule won't be released until early October, it's nice to know if the TWA Terminal is a part of the fun since many people actually travel in for the pleasure of roaming and photographing this icon of modern architecture.

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Spring Rolls, BBQ, and French Sammies Coming to an Airport Restaurant Near You

September 5, 2013 at 9:13 AM | by | Comments (0)

We’re not sure if this is the year of airport eats, but it’s getting pretty darn close. Gone are the days of prepackaged sandwiches and stale pizza, as airports around the globe are really creating their own restaurant scene. Here are just a few airports worth checking out on your next layover.

Atlanta's Hartsfield-Jackson Airport

The suburban shopping mall is expanding out towards the airport, as a chain restaurant favorite is finally making an appearance within the terminal. Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport is now home the world’s only airport edition of PF Chang’s, so feel free to get an order of those lettuce wraps between flights. Asian inspired cuisine can be found on the upper mezzanine of Concourse A—the former home of a Chili's—and they’ll even be serving breakfast.

New York's JFK Airport

At New York’s JFK the hits keep on coming over at Terminal 2, as Delta keeps pouring in the cash and new ideas to spruce and spiff things up. The plan is to bring new ideas and flavors, as well as whole bunch of iPads—after all, it’s more fun to order that way. New options that will be rolling in include Due Amici—think rustic Italian tastes with plenty of meat and cheese platters—as well as the BRKLYN Beer Garden and its 20 beers on tap. A French sandwich shop—Croque Madame—will be serving stuff up right in the terminal, as well as a Japanese spot called Shiso.

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So Maybe There Won't Be a TWA Hotel at JFK After All

August 28, 2013 at 10:40 AM | by | Comments (0)

It's been a photo shoot set, an exhibit and, most recently, a villain's lair, but there's one thing the TWA Flight Center at New York's JFK Airport won't be and that's a hotel...any time soon.

It's been over two years since any news on the possible future of the iconic architectural landmark, designed for TWA by Eero Saarinen. The will-it-or-won't-it continues, as hotel developer André Balazs goes head-to-head with JFK Airport over his proposed design for a 150-room property.

Page Six reports that "Differing opinions over the design have become a sticking point in the negotiations." This definitely isn't the most positive endorsement of whatever blueprints Balazs has rolled out. We stick by our pronouncement from two years ago, that a hotel is a nice idea, provided the design is respected, but likely won't happen at all.

[Photo: Jaunted]

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Sneak Peek: British Airways' First Class Winter 2013 Menu from JFK to London

August 23, 2013 at 12:37 PM | by | Comments (0)


This is just the Amuse-bouche

On any given day, there are 9-10 British Airways planes zooming up into the skies from New York's JFK Airport. Touch down may be London's Heathrow Airport, but the 7+ hours in-flight time is absolutely a destination in itself. This is especially true for First Class guests who opt to open the menu for a meal, rather than just close their eyes for a sleep.

The focus for British Airways' First Class cuisine is, to quote BA's Manager of Food & Beverage Design, Chef Gwendal Hamon, "lovely ingredients with good provenance, simply prepared." Catering is by Do & Co, who employ over 500 people just at their JFK facility, with the aim to provide the best quality foods for the best possible taste at altitude and, in this case, especially for those in the best seats on the plane.

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Officials Say 96% of NYC's Airline Scales are Correct

August 12, 2013 at 6:57 AM | by | Comments (0)

There’s some good news this week for those who love to over pack and feel the need to lug along one of those baggage scales. Officials just did a sweep of luggage scales in and around the airports in New York City, and it looks like the scores are worthy of hanging on the refrigerator.

The city’s Department of Consumer Affairs has been driving around checking things out, and they’ve found that 96 percent of scales are accurate. They didn’t just check one or two either, as they claim they checked out each and every scale at both JFK and LaGuardia airports.

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