“Ladies and Gentlemen, TWA is pleased to announce the arrival of flight 1962 at the TWA Hotel and Terminal. During your stopover, please feel free to walk about the Terminal and check out all of the TWA exhibits and memorabilia. We’ll see you back onboard TWA flight 1962 shortly. Thank you.”
Yesterday, I reviewed the TWA Hotel. If you missed it, you can see it here.
Welcome to the TWA Terminal and the year 1962
Your first stop should be at the TWA information desk. At the desk, you will be greeted by the TWA Ambassadors and receive a copy of the terminal map. The information desk is the same information desk used by TWA. Above the desk and at the Sunken Lounge, you will see the flight status “flapper board”. Listen to the music. There is a soundtrack of 100 hours of 1960’s music curated by Chris Betz of the TWA Lounge.
The “TWA Ambassadors”
What made TWA special was its Ambassador Service and the people behind Ambassador Service. At the information desk, TWA Ambassadors are there to answer your questions, show you the memorabilia at the desk and pose for photos. The pilots and flight attendants are dressed in the same uniforms worn by the flight crews. These vintage uniforms were donated by former employees. Since alterations are impossible on these vintage uniforms, the flight attendants had to fit into the uniforms to be hired as Ambassadors. The Ambassadors are busy interacting with guests during prime-time hours.
The Terminal Layout
The main floor has:
- The information desk
- Hotel check-in (former TWA check-in counter)
- The TWA shop
- Two bars
- The Intelligentsia Coffeebar
- Food hall
- Sundries shop
- Vintage photobooth
- Vintage magazine rack, shoeshine and vintage payphones
- Steps down to The Sunken Lounge
The Mezzanine Level:
- The “London Club Bar” museum
- The Paris Cafe restaurant (Review will be part 3)
The Saarinen Wing corridor takes you to the office of TWA CEO Howard Hughes.
The Hughes Wing corridor takes you to the design office of Eero Saarinen and the recreation of your home from 1962.
The Convention Center on the bottom floor has museum exhibits of the TWA Royal Ambassador service.
The crown jewel of the terminal is outside, the restored Lockheed Constellation – Star of America. (Review will be part 4)
The “London Club Bar” Museum
On the front mezzanine level, you will find the London Club Bar. This museum shows the history of pilot and flight attendant uniforms that TWA used.
TWA uniforms were created by leading designers of the time:
- Howard Greer (1944 – 1959)
- Don Loper (1960 – 1967)
- Dalton of America (1968 – 1970)
- Valentino (1971 – 1974)
- Stan Herman (1975 – 1977)
- Ralph Lauren (1978 – 2001)
The Convention Center Level Exhibits
Don’t forget to take the elevator for floor number 1. You will find setups depicting in-flight Royal Ambassador service.
Architect Eero Saarinen’s Office
Located at the end of the Hughes Wing corridor is the design office of Eero Saarinen.
HomeLife Back in 1962
Across from the Saarinen office is a fascinating look back to what your home looked like back in 1962. Let’s take a look . . .
Howard Hughes’s Office
At the end of the Saarinen Wing corridor, you will find the Office of CEO, Howard Hughes.
The Vintage Photobooth
There is a working, vintage photo booth on the main floor. You can have your pictures taken in color and/or black and white. The booth will allow you to print photo strips there and/or email your photos to you.
The Cars of 1962
Other Exhibits to See
The TWA Hotel is a Must-See When You Are in New York City
If you are staying at the TWA Hotel, you are already at the destination. If you are staying in Manhattan or elsewhere in New York City, plan on taking a ride on the MTA and Airtrain to JFK to see this monument to the golden age of flight. If you are on a layover at JFK, hop on the AirTrain to Terminal 5 and take the corridor from the baggage level at Terminal 5. Use the elevator at the blue “Welcome Center” sign to access the TWA Hotel. There is no charge to visit the exhibits at the TWA Hotel. Come by and step back to air travel in 1962.
Where is TWA Flight 1962 Headed To?
Wednesday: Breakfast at the Paris Cafe.
Thursday: The restored Lockheed Constellation – Star of America. We will have a drink in the “Connie Bar”.
Friday: A Travel Codex exclusive tour of the TWA Lounge on the 86th floor of #1 World Trade Center.