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The 1958 vintage plane named connie has been transformed into a retro-themed cocktail bar and it’s parked just outside the newly renovated TWA Hotel at JFK airport. The interior renovation restores many of the vintage plane’s original elements such as the window curtains, passenger seats and the cockpit. The plane also pays homage to Eero Saarinen, the architect behind TWA terminal, by including his table luxury design and references to his architectural works.
Vintage details such as cocktail swords, mid-century board games and the iconic TWA red carpet allow guests to travel back in time to when the TWA terminal opened in 1962 giving them an unforgettable experience. Led by Stonehill Taylor’s Sara Duffy, the interior design style combines a good mix of vintage and modern furnishings. The middle section of the vintage plane is replaced by modern suede sofa seats along the window side of the plane to create a wider passageway for guests to access the bar.
Towards the back of the plane, passenger seats are styled by Aaron Sciandja, who designed the vintage-inspired setback pockets and seat covers to resonate the 1960s aesthetics. The passenger seats, paired into three rows, are provided with enough legroom to include a side table for guests to place their drinks on and have a rich experience.
Designated as New York city’s landmark in 1994, the TWA terminal epitomized the glamor and optimism of the jet age. After its closure in 2001, the terminal took on a 18-year renovation project to become a luxury hotel with 512 guest rooms in may of 2019. The hotel comprises of 50,000 square feet of events space, infinity pool, world’s largest gym and a 200 seat restaurant in the lounge section, the perfect place to stay on vacations.
If you are thinking of going to New York in this holiday season, enjoy and visit this vintage plane cocktail bar, I am sure it will be an unforgettable experience for you and will take you back to the wonderful 60’s.