Let’s hope JetBlue’s hotel rooms are at least a little bigger and better-appointed than its airplane seats.
The Port Authority of New York and New Jersey selected JetBlue and MCR Development to remake the former TWA terminal at John F. Kennedy International Airport into the airport’s only hotel.
The terminal, built in the early 1960s and designed by Eero Sarinen, stands adjacent to JetBlue’s existing terminal building, Crain’s reported.
The partners won a bidding process that included the likes of Donald Trump, the Related Cos., and London-based Yotel.
Details, including the amount the partners will pay the Port Authority, aren’t yet known. According to plans the companies released in July, the hotel will have 505 rooms and 40,000 square feet of meeting space.
“First-class hotels are a mark of a 21st-century airport and JFK and LaGuardia are among the very few major airports without this amenity,” said Thor Equities founder Joe Sitt, who also serves as chairman of the airport advocacy group Global Gateway Alliance. “We applaud the Port Authority for moving ahead with plans to develop the iconic TWA Flight Center, because it’s past time for a smart use for the building and for an on-airport hotel available to millions of JFK passengers.”
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Officials of US carrier, Jet Blue have started discussions with the Government of Guyana about the airline adding Guyana to its list of international destinations.
The initial talks were held last Thursday in Florida on the sidelines of the Florida Conference on Current Caribbean Issues: The Diaspora Discussion.
Guyana’s Vice President and Minister of Foreign Affairs, Carl Greenidge attended that conference and met and held discussions with Jet Blue’s VicePresident for Network Planning, Dave Clark.
According to reports, at the end of the meeting, both Greenidge and Clark expressed satisfaction with the initial talks which are to be followed up with a team from the airline visiting Guyana to address in more detail specific issues with the relevant government ministries and agencies.
“Jet Blue has indicated its interest in providing service to Guyana and I have indicated to the airline that Guyana is ready to welcome them. There are some specific issues such as fuel costs in Guyana and others that have to be addressed but I would say they now have a clear indication that they are welcome and we are prepared to examine and seek to resolve the issues about which they have concerns,” Foreign Minister Greenidge said following the meeting.
Jet Blue may be “eyeing” service to Guyana from Miami initially via one of its Caribbean destinations. Once that service begins, the service from New York direct to Guyana could be introduced.
PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — An Oregon man is facing charges after authorities say he urinated on passengers on a flight from Anchorage to Portland, Oregon.
KOIN-TV reports (http://bit.ly/1ijPHEQ ) 27-year-old Jeff Rubin was arrested early Friday after JetBlue Flight 47 arrived at Portland International Airport.
A police report says passengers and airline employees told officers Rubin had been sleeping for most of the flight. About 30 minutes before landing, he stood up and began urinating through the crack between the seats in front of him — onto the passengers sitting there.
The report says he lost his balance and fell backward, spraying urine on passengers, seats and luggage.
Rubin spent about five hours in jail. He faces charges of criminal mischief and offensive littering.
Rubin did not immediately respond to a message seeking comment.