A domestic US lounge concept that’s actually exciting: Delta’s Sky Deck!

That Delta is going to be offering outdoor space at their new lounge facilities in JFK and ATL is not particularly new news. Still, the renderings of the space are new, and they are pretty darn sexy.

The Sky Deck lounges are going to offer al fresco snack/dining options and unencumbered runway views. For the aviation geek that’s an awesome upgrade. Weather can obviously be a problem for both locations, but the idea is still very cool, and the fact that they want to emphasize the runway views is a nice nod to the fact that customers aren’t necessarily looking to be isolated from travel. Some really do enjoy it.

Tim Mapes, Delta’s senior vice president – Marketing offered up this take on the new offering:

Sky Deck represents our continuing effort to offer Delta customers exclusive experiences and amenities they value. The new outdoor terraces will do just that – provide distinctive spaces with unprecedented outdoor runway views at two of the most globally significant airports in the world.

I’m very much looking forward to getting out to JFK when the new Sky Deck opens. Definitely some awesome opportunities there.

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  1. Doesn’t look unencumbered to me. Looks like there’s glass or mesh between the deck and the apron.

  2. I am not sure having an outside patio in ATL during the Summer months will be a “very cool” idea…

  3. Can’t wait to see them. As far as people who don’t like the idea stay inside the crowded clubs.

  4. I think the notion of a SkyDeck is to see a really wide variety of airlines and plane types – something that NRT or LHR offers.

    ATL would be 99% DL or AirTran tails.

    JFK would be nice if it’s hosted in T-4 and not T-2/3.

  5. Fear not, Peterson, for it will be at T4 in JFK. And at ATL it will be in Terminal F so out where the international carriers are parked. Should provide a tiny bit of variety, though not nearly as much as at JFK.

  6. Isn’t the new *A lounge at LAX TBIT supposed to have something similar? I know they said there would be an outdoor deck at least.

  7. LAX has an outdoor area already, past security but not inside a lounge. Unfortunately the doors are locked, so it’s just to tempt you (not that anyone could scale 12 foot glass walls to reach the roof…) Unfortunately I don’t remember which terminal it was in.

  8. Bring on the birds! They’ll quickly learn they can forage for food debris and will make the area a horrible mess!

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