1960- Pan American World Airways opens up a brand new, beautiful building on the grounds of Idlewild Airport...this building, dubbed "The Worldport" is one unlike any other of its kind. The building, shaped like a flying saucer, was one of the most unique structures ever built at that time- and it still is today. This building will see the transition from propliners to jets to supersonic airliners. It will be the home of the most fantastic airline ever to soar our skies. It will be the home for the first ever Boeing 747 flight. It will see the changing landscape of New York. It will see the amazing sight of a Boeing 727 on a midsummer's day. It will be extended several times to accomodate the growing needs of an increased number of air travelers. It will be sold.
1991- The collapse of Pan American World Airways comes as a shock throughout the globe. Delta Air Lines purchases the terminal located at John F. Kennedy International Airport.
2010- Delta Air Lines announces plans to build a multimillion dollar terminal next to the Worldport-now called simply "Terminal 3" or "T3", from which they will shift their entire operation while still using the other terminal they own- Terminal 2. The plan includes the demolition of the former hub of the Great Pan American World Airways. What do they plan to do with the gained space? Simple. Turn it into an airplane parking lot.
What we're asking Delta to do is to only re-evaluate their plan to destroy the Worldport in its entirety. All we're asking is for Delta to destroy the 1970s 'fan extension' and to save the original, the infamous flying saucer part of the building. What they can do with the original part of the terminal? A better question is; What can't they do? The plan when Delta moves to T4 is they would use 7 gates...the Worldport is home to 13, providing a net loss of 6 gates. They could move some-or even all- of their regional flights to the Worldport. If they didn't want to do that, the Worldport could serve as an amazing Delta SkyClub lounge with a great view of the operations (since the extension would be gone). It could also serve as a great connecting point between T2 and T4, offering a variety of shopping and dining options-which in return could turn in a big profit.
The team members who constructed this petition have already spoke with several politicians, even the board of directors at the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey about this cause. Our next step is to ask you, the public, to support our effort to save this historical artifact from a world, that is completely different from today's. Where people would fly for fun, and pure joy, a time where the security measures didn't matter, where a moment in the air was filled with nothing but happiness, where the food was only the best in the world.
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