Eero Saarinen’s midcentury TWA Terminal is approaching its next destination as the TWA Hotel. The second of the hotel’s two wings has topped out and installation is underway on the seven-panel soundproof exterior glass cladding, putting the hotel’s ambitious spring 2019 opening in sight.
The hotel’s north wing topped out three months ago, exactly one year after developer MCR along with former TWA employees, elected officials, and Governor Andrew Cuomo celebrated the 505-key hotel’s groundbreaking.
Saarinen’s 200,000-square-foot headhouse will serve as the hotel’s lobby and is undergoing a restoration by Beyer Blinder Belle. The Lubrano Ciavarra-designed addition will include a rooftop pool, an observation deck, 50,000-square-feet of event space, eight bars and restaurants, and a museum of TWA memorabilia including uniforms and David Klein destination posters.
The Japan Times
Many foreign tourists to Japan often question why public transportation, especially in areas of Tokyo renowned for their nightlife, is so limited after the last scheduled trains.
Amid the country’s ongoing tourism boom, officials are brainstorming for ideas to address this dissatisfaction, and others, and boost tourists’ spending by encouraging more nighttime outings to shows, restaurants and scenic spots in the country.
Delta is launching a new biometric check-in option at all of its Sky Clubs across the country, making the airline the only U.S. based global carrier to offer such a high-tech approach to accessing its domestic lounges.
Biometric check-in, which involves using a fingerprint as identification, will be available to all Delta Sky Club members who are part of the CLEAR program, the airline said in a statement.
The maiden flight of a new non-stop regular passenger service between Australia and Britain has touched down at London’s Heathrow Airport.
The Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner, operated by Qantas Airways, arrived Sunday in London just over 17 hours after setting off from the western Australian city of Perth. Flight-tracking service FlightAware showed the flight time as 17 hours, 14 minutes.
The new link with Perth — a 9,009-mile (4,498-kilometer) journey — is around three hours quicker than routes that involve stopovers in the Middle East to change planes or refuel. It is also set to shorten journeys from London to Sydney or Melbourne, compared with flying via Dubai.