Delta Air Lines is planning on opening new premium lounges for Delta One business class passengers. The Atlanta-based airline has slowly been revealing more details about this, and we now have some more specifics, so let’s go over everything we know.
Delta One business class lounge basics
Delta has announced plans to open two Delta One lounges, dedicated specifically to premium business class passengers:
- A Delta One Lounge JFK will be opening in 2023
- A Delta One Lounge LAX will be opening in 2024
For context, Delta Sky Clubs are Delta’s standard lounges, which are open to members, select credit card holders, and select premium cabin travelers. Delta Sky Clubs are superior to American Admirals Clubs and United Clubs, though the catch is that both American and United have special non-membership lounges for premium travelers.
Of these lounges, I’d say United Polaris Lounges are the best, though they also have the strictest access requirements. American Flagship Lounges are also great, and are open to more passengers. So essentially Delta will be playing catch up with American and United here.
We know that Delta One Lounges will “feature a dedicated level of service that elevates the lounge experience as Delta continues to expand premium services.” I’m guessing for most potential guests, the most exciting development is that these lounges may help solve the Sky Club crowding issue that Delta has, as we’re now pretty consistently seeing lines to enter Sky Clubs at major hubs.
Delta One Lounge JFK opening 2023
As part of Delta’s overall expansion at JFK Terminal 4, a Delta One Lounge is expected to open at the airport in 2023. The lounge is expected to be roughly 36,000 square feet, and it will be located near Concourse B in Terminal 4.
This is separate from a new Delta Sky Club coming to Concourse A. You can (sort of) get a sense of Delta’s growth from the below slide, though unfortunately it’s quite blurry.
Delta One Lounge LAX opening 2024
As part of Delta’s overall expansion and transformation at LAX, a Delta One Lounge is expected to open at the airport in 2024. The lounge is expected to be roughly 10,000 square feet, and it will be connected to the existing Delta Sky Club Terminal 3. Obviously this lounge will be significantly smaller than the JFK lounge, though in fairness, there will also be a lot fewer eligible passengers out of LAX.
There’s another exciting update on this front — a new Delta One check-in area is expected to open at LAX in the spring of 2023. So far LAX is the only airport that’s officially expected to get such a facility, though it’s an exciting development.
Delta actually used to have one of these at LAX back in the day, so you can expect that this will make the check-in experience a bit more seamless for select premium passengers.
What should we expect from Delta One Lounges?
We have no actual sense of what to expect from Delta One Lounges yet, so all we can do is speculate. Here are a few general thoughts:
- I would guess that these lounges will be open to anyone with a business class ticket marketed as Delta One, which would include most long haul international flights, premium transcontinental flights, and select short haul international flights
- Delta Sky Clubs already have a pretty decent food selection, so I would imagine Delta One Lounges would feature significantly elevated offerings; maybe we’ll see a la carte dining, like in United Polaris Lounges
- Then again, at least the JFK location is expected to be massive, at 36,000 square feet, so I wouldn’t expect this to be all that bespoke of an experience; maybe we’ll just see a slightly elevated food and drink selection, and a way to add lounge capacity by providing a bit of differentiation
- Hopefully we see some other elevated amenities, like nap rooms, some sort of fitness options, nicer shower suites, etc.
Historically Delta invests quite a bit in its premium soft product, so I’m curious if that will apply at these Delta One Lounges.
Delta has announced plans for at least two Delta One Lounges, including a lounge at JFK opening in 2023, and a lounge at LAX opening in 2024. The JFK location is expected to be 36,000 square feet, while the LAX location is expected to be just 10,000 square feet.
I’m curious to learn more details about plans for Delta One Lounges, and in particular what amenities will be like. One thing is for sure — these lounges can’t come fast enough, given Delta Sky Club crowding issues.
What do you make of these Delta One Lounges, and how good do you think they’ll be?