Delta Air Lines will break the traditional boundaries of airport lounges with the introduction of new outdoor terraces at its Sky Clubs in Atlanta and New York.
Delta has partnered with Architectural Digest to develop the airline's first-ever outdoor sections of its lounges dubbed "The Sky Deck."
The new space at Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport in Atlanta opening this summer will be adjacent to the Delta Sky Club in Concourse F. At New York's John F. Kennedy International Airport, the space will be located in the airline's new $1.2 billion expansion of Terminal 4 scheduled to open in May.
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"Delta is proud to collaborate with two of the most renowned names in design – Architectural Digest and designer Thom Filicia – on our first outdoor Delta Sky Club spaces," said Tim Mapes, Delta's senior vice president — marketing, in a press release.
"Amid the hustle and bustle of the airport experience, we seek to create a refuge, which represents Delta's dedication to elevated design and pays homage to an elegant lifestyle of travel and the spirit of flight," said designer Thom Filicia, in the release.
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Frequent-Fliers Love the Idea
Initial reaction from frequent-fliers is overwhelmingly positive, according to feedback posted by some of Delta's loyal travelers on Flyertalk.com.
"This is great ... I can't wait," said one forum member. "Excellent news. I will especially look forward to trying the one in (Atlanta) before catching DL64 across the pond," said another member.
Amanda Schuier, a road warrior who flies more than 125,000 miles annually on Delta, is particularly enthusiastic about the concept.
"I'd love to have my birthday party on the Sky Deck and invite my fellow aviation enthusiasts and mileage running friends," she said.
For the smokers out there, don't think you can step outside on the Sky Deck to light up. A Delta spokeswoman confirms that smoking will be prohibited.