JFK T5 is synonymous with famed airline TWA. Although we do not inhabit the airline’s old Eero Saarinen-designed Flight Center, our new terminal draws its inspiration as an aviation icon from it. A bunch of JetBlue Crewmembers who are ex-TWA employees just posed for this shot to celebrate their old and new home:
Among the VIPs here for today’s for the event are hundreds of other ex-TWA employees and this awesome group of ladies known as the TWA Clipped Wings. They looked fierce in their vintage uniforms. I spoke to one who started with the airline in 1952, and who manned the first-ever nonstop flight (on any airline) between New York and LA. Thanks for making this special appearance at the T5 opening.
It’s so cool to have all these TWA flight attendants — and so many reminders of the storied past of T5 — with us today. But airplane geeks are even more in awe of this bird that’s sitting out on our ramp. One of TWA’s original aircraft, an old Lockheed Electra 12A, this plane made it all the way from the West Coast to New York in a mere five days, following the original route of TWA’s first coast-to-coast trip. It was proudly shown off by its owner, Ruth Richter Holden, whose dad was a founder of TWA. Dave gave her a shout-out at the press conference earlier today.
The entire JetBlue team is proud and thrilled to welcome the TWA family to our terminal today. Thank you all for making history at T5, and for being here at the new T5 to take part in history in the making.
As our CEO said earlier today, “…when we realized we needed a bigger home to handle this success, we looked to the Saarinen building and said, ‘we aspire to that,’ ‘we want to be that good,’ ‘We want our new home to make customers feel special and welcome, just like they did in the Saarinen building.’