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First Look: Delta Opens First Premium International Lounge

The airline is opening its first premium international lounge.

The first Delta One lounge, located at New York’s JFK Airport (Photo: Delta Air Lines)

Delta Air Lines is opening its first premium international lounge later this week. The massive new Delta One Lounge features spaces that pay tribute to the lounge’s host city, a fine dining restaurant, and a designated wellness space.

A Nod To New York

The first Delta One Lounge is located at New York’s John F. Kennedy International Airport (JFK). Design features throughout the lounge are inspired by the Big Apple. The bar area features an Art Deco-inspired lighting fixture, while the ceiling and fluted glass are inspired by the gold leaf ceiling and chandeliers of Radio City Music Hall.

The bar area in the Delta One Lounge at JFK Airport in New York (Photo: Delta Air Lines)

Meanwhile, travelers looking for a snack can visit the market and bakery area, which features a white marble counter that pays tribute to the city’s delicatessen food counters. There is also a hidden gem for aviation enthusiasts: the penny-round ceiling above the food counter is a nod to the original JFK terminal.

The market and bakery dining area in the JFK Delta One Lounge (Photo: Delta Air Lines)

An Amenity-Packed Experience

Delta is catching up to its competitors in the premium lounge space, with the Delta One lounge being a response to American’s Flagship and United’s Polaris Lounges. However, Delta appears to have taken this challenge seriously, delivering a well-curated lounge experience.

When it comes to food and beverage, the JFK Delta One Lounge has a 140-seat fine dining restaurant serving three-course meals, a walk-up bakery and market area, and a fully stocked bar. There are also eight marble-lined shower suites and a valet clothes steaming and shoe-shining service. For travelers looking to work, the lounge has eight soundproof working booths, as well as a service that allows guests to borrow a second monitor.

One of eight shower suites at the JFK Delta One Lounge (Photo: Delta Air Lines)

Airfield views are available from a terrace area with seasonal plants and a retractable. Meanwhile, those seeking a bit of relaxation can attend the designated wellness area, which features nine reservable relaxation pods with full-body massage and nap chairs. The adjacent “Serenity Lounge” is a quiet space with special lighting that mimics the light colors affecting human circadian rhythms.

The Delta One Lounge at New York’s JFK Airport has a lounge with airfield views, seasonally updated plants and a retractable roof. (Photo: Delta Air Lines)

Delta’s Largest and Most Exclusive Lounge

The lounge is located in JFK Airport’s Terminal 4, near the main security checkpoint between Concourses A and B. The Delta One Lounge has over 39,000 square feet of space, making it the airline’s largest lounge.

Like American Flagship Lounges and United Polaris Lounges, access to the Delta One Lounge is limited to the airline’s top premium customers. To access the lounge, travelers must have a same-day departing or arriving Delta One ticket or be traveling on a same-day flight in a premium cabin on Air France, LATAM, KLM, Korean Air or Virgin Atlantic. Those who are members of Delta 360o – Delta’s invitation-only status tier in its SkyMiles loyalty program – also have access to the lounge if they are traveling in First Class to any destination.

Additional Delta One Lounges are slated to open later this year at Los Angeles International Airport (LAX) and Boston Logan International Airport (BOS).

The wellness area in the JFK Delta One Lounge (Photo: Delta Air Lines)

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    Andrew is a lifelong lover of aviation and travel. He has flown all over the world and is fascinated by the workings of the air travel industry. As a private pilot and glider pilot who has worked with airlines, airports and other industry stakeholders, he is always excited to share his passion for aviation with others. In addition to being a writer, he also hosts Flying Smarter, an educational travel podcast that explores the complex world of air travel to help listeners become better-informed and savvier travelers.

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