Step back to the 1960s in New York’s retro TWA Lounge

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The 1960s were the height of aviation’s Jet Age – a glamorous era characterized by faster travel, stylish uniforms, streamlined design and cocktails aplenty.

In these days of crammed airports and economy seats, it’s fun to daydream about aviation’s former life. But that daydream could soon become a reality once more.

New York’s JFK International Airport is restoring its celebrated TWA center – developer MCR is transforming the famous building into a cool retro hotel.

This newly designed hotel won’t open its doors until 2019 – but in the meantime, the TWA Lounge, on the 86th floor of One World Trade Center, offers a sneak preview of what’s to come.

“We’ve brought the glamor of the Jet Age to the 86th floor of the World Trade Center,” Tyler Morse, CEO and Managing Partner of MCR and Morse Development tells CNN Travel in a statement. “It’s a glimpse of what to expect when the TWA Hotel opens.”

The Lounge is a stunning, red-hued dream space – a fantastic flashback to the 1960s world of aviation.

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The TWA Lounge evokes the glamor of the 1960s.

TWA operated from 1930 to 2001 and was once owned by aviation tycoon Howard Hughes (played by Leonardo DiCaprio in the 2004 movie “The Aviator”).

The airline was the epitome of mid-century elegance – thanks to its signature color Chili Pepper Red and elegant air steward uniforms.

Its headquarters were no less alluring – the TWA flight center was the brainchild of neo-futurist designer Eero Saarinen and opened to acclaim in 1962.