Flights of Fancy

  • Richard Carleton Hacker

Although smoking is verboten at John F. Kennedy International Airport, travelers checking out duty-free shops at the airport’s recently expanded Terminal 4 will still find a good reason to light up, figuratively speaking, when they discover the new Davidoff walk-in humidor. The entire 100-square-foot airport boutique—the first of its kind to be opened by Oettinger Davidoff in the United States—is temperature  and humidity regulated, which preserves the freshness of its inventory. That inventory includes the entire Davidoff line, not to mention limited editions and the popular AVO and Winston Churchill brands. All are displayed in a sophisticated setting defined by warm earth tones and brushed-silver accents. Built-in cases highlight a number of cigar accessories, strategically chosen to appeal to travelers.

“At JFK Duty Free, the selection of items will also depend on the mix of passengers, as cigar sizes and tastes can be very different by nationality,” says Christian Vonthron, Davidoff’s senior vice president of travel retail and duty free. The store also carries a number of cigar cases, as well as a travel humidor filled with 10 Millennium Blend robusto cigars that, according to Vonthron, “makes the perfect gift or accessory for the frequent traveler.”

All of this means that now, for the first time, the almost 15 million travelers passing through Terminal 4 each year will have the ability to purchase some of the world’s leading luxury cigar brands in a setting that honors their quality.

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