The long-rumored Delta One business-class-only lounge network will soon become a reality.
Earlier this year, we learned that Delta would be opening its first exclusive lounge in New York’s John F. Kennedy International Airport Terminal 4, and with the latest news, the network is going to become bi-coastal.
The Atlanta-based carrier announced on Thursday that a new Delta One lounge would open at its hub at the Los Angeles International Airport (LAX). This new 10,000-square-foot facility will connect to the existing Sky Club when it opens in 2024.
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Delta’s in the middle of a multi-year transformation at LAX, which includes an all-new departure and arrival experience at the recently opened Sky Way terminal complex.
The Sky Way includes a revamped check-in area, new security lanes, a signature Sky Club and an airside connection between Terminals 2 and 3. The upgraded facility brings many improvements, but perhaps the biggest are those to the premium experience.
For one, the new 30,000-square-foot Sky Club is now one of the nicest in the entire network. It features two buffets, a coffee grotto lined with Italian mosaic tile, an expansive bar, a multitude of seating areas and a year-round outdoor Sky Deck with incredible views of the ramp, runway and Hollywood Hills.
The club opened on April 20 at the same time as the main areas of the Sky Way terminal, though Delta’s LAX infrastructure is still a work in progress. The carrier is gearing up to open nine new gates in the Terminal 3 satellite facility, which will come online beginning on Oct. 5.
While the new Sky Club at LAX is quite impressive, there’s going to be an even more exclusive lounge in the terminal when the Delta One club opens.
This lounge is expected to be open exclusively to passengers departing on long-haul flights in business class, and it’s possible that flyers traveling on premium transcon routes to New York and Boston will be welcomed, too.
Delta doesn’t currently offer a comparable experience to the likes of the American Flagship Lounge and the United Polaris Lounge, both of which offer an elevated experience to long-haul business-class passengers.
While the nicest Sky Clubs resemble American’s and United’s fanciest lounges in terms of design, Delta’s membership clubs still fall short. They’re not as exclusive, nor do they offer an elevated service experience, including la carte dining or complimentary top-shelf liquor.
That said, the latest Sky Clubs, including those in Los Angeles, Salt Lake City and New York are physically quite impressive, so it’ll be interesting to see how Delta differentiates its business-class-only lounges.
When TPG first toured the new LAX Sky Club back in April, the man behind Delta’s clubs, Claude Roussel, said that “we are going to tailor the experience to each location,” without getting into specifics about the rumored space in the Sky Way that’s reserved for a future premium lounge.
Now, five months later, Delta has clearly made up its mind and is going all-in on the premium lounge model.
It wasn’t immediately clear if the new terminal will eventually house a dedicated Delta One check-in area, which was an amenity that many of the airline’s highest-paying passengers enjoyed with the old facility.
Either way, these travelers should definitely get excited about the new lounge, because if Delta’s work on its Sky Club network is any indication, we’ll be in for a real treat with the new business-class-only outposts.
Be sure to stay tuned to TPG for a full tour of Delta’s new Terminal 3 at LAX!