This Vintage TWA Airplane Will Soon Be Transformed Into a Cocktail Lounge in New York
Travelers no longer have to leave the ground to enjoy an in-flight cocktail, thanks to a vintage-airplane-turned-cocktail-lounge at the John F. Kennedy International Airport’s new TWA Hotel.
The plane, which was flown by TWA in the 1950s before being used by South American drug traffickers for marijuana drops in the 1970s, will be part of the TWA Flight Center’s redevelopment and will be adjacent to the 512-room TWA Hotel scheduled to open in May.
The plane is a 1958 Lockheed Constellation, nicknamed Connie, that was forced into retirement by the Boeing 707. It was bought last year by MCR/MORSE Development — the folks developing the TWA Hotel — and was restored in Maine before being transported to New York where it toured popular areas like Times Square.
The vintage plane will be an homage to the era when the TWA Flight Center first opened in 1962, before closing in 2001 after TWA was acquired by American Airlines.
Mayor Bill de Blasio was quoted by the Associated Press as saying the reimagined terminal is “going to be a vibrant hotel and conference space, and part of our city again.”