Rumors are swirling that Delta Air Lines may introduce a separate, exclusive airside lounge for Delta One customers at LAX.
TPG’s Benji Stawski writes that a “senior Delta staffer at LAX told [a TPG reader and Delte elite] that the airline will be opening a lounge there exclusively for Delta One passengers.”
The lounge will purportedly be at the top floor of Delta’s Sky Way project. I imagine it will be at least somewhat close to the new Sky Club; when finished, the club will overlook Terminals 2 and 3 and be 25,000 square feet. For reference, the “main” Atlanta B Sky Club is about that size.
Right now, Delta offers a dedicated check-in reception area for its LAX Delta One customers. While waiting for their bags to be checked, passengers can enjoy some snacks and beverages.
Given the check-in waits usually aren’t very long — and Delta One passengers enjoy complimentary Sky Club access — the Delta One “lounges” aren’t really designed for long-term enjoyment.
Nonetheless, they are nice places to begin a trip. 🙂
A premium club would certainly bring a little added prestige to Delta One — especially because American and United already have dedicated premium lounges. (American’s Flagship Lounges; United’s Polaris Lounges).
How about that? Delta would be copying American and United, as opposed to the other way around?
I imagine it would include features such as restaurant-style, order-off-the-menu table service (similar to what I enjoyed at the Virgin Atlantic Clubhouse at London Heathrow). And perhaps complimentary high-end beer, wine, and liquor — which are not free in standard Sky Clubs.
From what I’ve personally seen and heard, celebrities are a small fraction of Delta One customers. Still, a more private lounge than Sky Clubs is something they’d certainly enjoy. I’ve seen plenty of famous people at Sky Clubs — especially the LAX, SFO, and JFK locations. Never have I witnessed any problems with them interacting with us common folk.
In fact, aside from some passengers stealing quick glances or whispering to companions “Hey, so-and-so is over there,” most people don’t seem to care. But a premium lounge indeed appeals to high profile travelers — and would surely only help attract more business to Delta.
A Delta spokesperson told TPG, “We are always exploring how we can enhance the Delta One experience in the airport, including a differentiated Delta Sky Club for Delta One customers. We are still in early planning stages for the new Club offerings coming to LAX.”
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