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Delta's 'new' LAX Sky Club  
User currently offlinegonnagetbumpy From United States of America, joined May 2009, 45 posts, RR: 0
Posted (4 years 1 week 6 days 5 hours ago) and read 9234 times:

Delta debuted its renovated Sky Club in Los Angeles. Does anyone have pictures and/or experienced the updated club? What was it like?

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User currently offlineLAXintl From United States of America, joined May 2000, 24869 posts, RR: 46
Reply 1, posted (4 years 1 week 6 days 5 hours ago) and read 9226 times:

Go look on flyertalk

DL press release has a couple photos
http://news.delta.com/index.php?s=43&item=1078



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User currently offlinediverdave From United States of America, joined Mar 2010, 320 posts, RR: 0
Reply 2, posted (4 years 1 week 6 days 3 hours ago) and read 8827 times:

I visited on Saturday the 17th. Renovation is nearly done. Much roomier, new furniture, self-serve bar, and seems brighter and more open. I liked the old atrium ared, but given the merger with NW the space was badly needed.

The only area still closed off was the old workstation area past the bathrooms. Looks like it will become a quiet zone. Also, showers not open yet.

Looks like a great job by Delta. Terminal 5 was really hopping, even on a Saturday.

David


User currently offlineIndy From United States of America, joined Jan 2005, 4537 posts, RR: 18
Reply 3, posted (4 years 1 week 6 days 2 hours ago) and read 8669 times:

Gotta love the bar area. Not sure I care for the colors but the free booze wins out over color any day. Does anyone know how the new club in IND will compare to the LAX club photos?


Indy = Indianapolis and not Independence Air
User currently offlineDeltAirlines From United States of America, joined May 1999, 8894 posts, RR: 12
Reply 4, posted (4 years 1 week 6 days 2 hours ago) and read 8644 times:

Quoting Indy (Reply 3):
Does anyone know how the new club in IND will compare to the LAX club photos?

The LAX club will serve as the basis in regards to how the future SkyClubs are built and refreshed. The only difference would be the bar area depending on local serving laws (for example, Atlanta and Raleigh will continue to have a bartender due to liquor serving laws in Georgia and North Carolina).


User currently offlineTOMMY767 From United States of America, joined Aug 2003, 6584 posts, RR: 11
Reply 5, posted (4 years 1 week 6 days 1 hour ago) and read 8510 times:

Great pics! They did a nice job in LAX.

Anybody know what's going on with EWR? They have the Delta Sky Club (former CRC) open all day and the ex-NWA club open across the hall from 3-7pm in conjunction with the Sky Club (two clubs open at once.) Kind of an interesting way to do business but both clubs aren't renovated yet either.



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User currently offlineDeltAirlines From United States of America, joined May 1999, 8894 posts, RR: 12
Reply 6, posted (4 years 1 week 6 days 1 hour ago) and read 8450 times:

Quoting TOMMY767 (Reply 5):
Kind of an interesting way to do business but both clubs aren't renovated yet either.

They are doing that as they found that only having the legacy CRC open during those hours when there are a decent number of domestic flights operating to ATL/CVG/DTW/MSP/SLC, plus the Amsterdam/Paris flights as well, was creating too much congestion in that one space.


User currently offlineFlyASAGuy2005 From United States of America, joined Sep 2007, 7004 posts, RR: 11
Reply 7, posted (4 years 1 week 6 days ago) and read 8413 times:

Free booze is always a nice touch! 

Although I would personally prefer a bartender but that's just personal pef.



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User currently offlineTOMMY767 From United States of America, joined Aug 2003, 6584 posts, RR: 11
Reply 8, posted (4 years 1 week 6 days ago) and read 8340 times:

Quoting DeltAirlines (Reply 6):
They are doing that as they found that only having the legacy CRC open during those hours when there are a decent number of domestic flights operating to ATL/CVG/DTW/MSP/SLC, plus the Amsterdam/Paris flights as well, was creating too much congestion in that one space.

It makes sense but are there any further plans for renovation and integrating the two clubs into one?



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User currently offlineDeltAirlines From United States of America, joined May 1999, 8894 posts, RR: 12
Reply 9, posted (4 years 1 week 6 days ago) and read 8295 times:

Quoting TOMMY767 (Reply 8):

It makes sense but are there any further plans for renovation and integrating the two clubs into one?

Integrating the two clubs into one at this point would be tricky, as they are across the hall from each other. In terms of physical facilities, there really isn't room to expand anywhere either.

As for renovations, I think these lounges are further down on the list. My understanding is some of the hub lounges (such as Atlanta and Minneapolis F/G) are higher in the pecking order to be refreshed. My guess is we will see the status quo at EWR for the foreseeable future.


User currently offlineSTT757 From United States of America, joined Mar 2000, 16822 posts, RR: 51
Reply 10, posted (4 years 1 week 5 days 23 hours ago) and read 8243 times:

Quoting DeltAirlines (Reply 9):
Integrating the two clubs into one at this point would be tricky, as they are across the hall from each other. In terms of physical facilities, there really isn't room to expand anywhere either.

There's plenty of room in the new concourse entrance areas where they are building new screening check points and new retail areas, BA is getting a new club.



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User currently offlineDeltAirlines From United States of America, joined May 1999, 8894 posts, RR: 12
Reply 11, posted (4 years 1 week 5 days 23 hours ago) and read 8233 times:

Quoting STT757 (Reply 10):
There's plenty of room in the new concourse entrance areas where they are building new screening check points and new retail areas, BA is getting a new club.

Haven't been throw Term B for a few months now (when they were starting the construction) but I don't recall there being that much extra room for a DL club when it's all said and done unless they wanted to build one pre-TSA.


User currently offlineSTT757 From United States of America, joined Mar 2000, 16822 posts, RR: 51
Reply 12, posted (4 years 1 week 5 days 23 hours ago) and read 8233 times:

Quoting DeltAirlines (Reply 11):
Haven't been throw Term B for a few months now (when they were starting the construction) but I don't recall there being that much extra room for a DL club when it's all said and done unless they wanted to build one pre-TSA.

They haven't opened the areas up yet to the public.



Eastern Air lines flt # 701, EWR-MCO Boeing 757
User currently offlineSchweigend From United States of America, joined Jun 2010, 592 posts, RR: 2
Reply 13, posted (4 years 1 week 5 days 16 hours ago) and read 7728 times:

Quoting diverdave (Reply 2):
self-serve bar

In addition to or instead of a bartender? Because I like to be served by a person. An airport lounge with LAX's stature should have a bartender, IMO. Do they have some kind of vending machine, like the Sony or Proaciv ones you see in terminals, that can dispense little bottles of single-malt scotch? Laphroiag from an automat? Eeek!

Quoting DeltAirlines (Reply 4):
The only difference would be the bar area depending on local serving laws (for example, Atlanta and Raleigh will continue to have a bartender due to liquor serving laws in Georgia and North Carolina).

Interesting--I hope that DL is not intending on getting rid of club bartenders except where state law prohibits it.

Quoting FlyASAGuy2005 (Reply 7):
Although I would personally prefer a bartender but that's just personal pef.

Yes--Scottie


User currently offlineFlyASAGuy2005 From United States of America, joined Sep 2007, 7004 posts, RR: 11
Reply 14, posted (4 years 1 week 5 days 15 hours ago) and read 7562 times:

Quoting Schweigend (Reply 13):
In addition to or instead of a bartender? Because I like to be served by a person. An airport lounge with LAX's stature should have a bartender, IMO. Do they have some kind of vending machine, like the Sony or Proaciv ones you see in terminals, that can dispense little bottles of single-malt scotch? Laphroiag from an automat? Eeek!

No. Check out the DL press release with the photos. One is of the self-serve bar.



What gets measured gets done.
User currently offlineDL WIDGET HEAD From United States of America, joined Apr 2000, 2086 posts, RR: 5
Reply 15, posted (4 years 1 week 5 days 14 hours ago) and read 7423 times:

I visited the club a few days ago after arriving from Tokyo. While bigger than before and more user friendly, It's not exactly my cup of tea. I prefer a posher looking and feeling club than this modern style that DL has seemingly adopted. Just a matter of personal taste though; the club is fine otherwise.

User currently offlinedldtw1962 From United States of America, joined May 2009, 393 posts, RR: 0
Reply 16, posted (4 years 1 week 5 days 8 hours ago) and read 6515 times:

Hello, I will be flying to LHR on Aug 9, 2010. I will be flying DL 6 and DL 5 from DTW. I wanted to know if the skyclub
lounge is close to the departing gates in LHR? Also, will be flying business class both ways. Going over with family and
Gospel Choir for 10 days of performing and touring both London and Pairs. Any help you can give me, I say thank you
in advance.

Chuck


User currently offlineCarfield From United States of America, joined Dec 2003, 1894 posts, RR: 9
Reply 17, posted (4 years 1 week 4 days 23 hours ago) and read 5557 times:

There are many Sky Clubs in Detroit, and on the main concourse A, which your LHR will depart from, there are three main Sky Club. One in the center, located right after security, and then there are two Sky Clubs on both west and east ends of the terminal. So just pick the closest one to go to. They are all the same with work stations, self-service beverage stations, and same kind of beverage and snack selection.

Carfield


User currently offlineDeltAirlines From United States of America, joined May 1999, 8894 posts, RR: 12
Reply 18, posted (4 years 1 week 4 days 22 hours ago) and read 5502 times:

Quoting Schweigend (Reply 13):
In addition to or instead of a bartender? Because I like to be served by a person.
Quoting Schweigend (Reply 13):

Interesting--I hope that DL is not intending on getting rid of club bartenders except where state law prohibits it.

The plan is to go to a self-serve (pre-merger Northwest) style where possible. As noted, there are exceptions to this - in addition to North Carolina/Georgia, Virginia (DCA) is the same way.

Keep in mind that one thing that is being considered by Delta management at this time is a SkyClub "Light" at some of the smaller stations. It's unclear what amenities would be part of this lounge set up, but it is very unlikely that a bartender would be part of the arrangement - staffing would be limited to a DL agent, if that (it could be like going back to the old Crown Room rooms where you were told the code to a keypad for entrance).

Also, I've been told that the LAX SkyClub will be a testing ground of sorts with some new things being tried out starting in a few weeks.

Quoting DL WIDGET HEAD (Reply 15):
this modern style that DL has seemingly adopted

This is a continuing trend starting with the new Miami club. Overall it fits into the more macro image that Delta has been trying to portray over the past 2-3 years (see the new uniforms, the safety video, etc.)

Quoting dldtw1962 (Reply 16):
Hello, I will be flying to LHR on Aug 9, 2010. I will be flying DL 6 and DL 5 from DTW. I wanted to know if the skyclub
lounge is close to the departing gates in LHR?

All three main ones are pretty much the same. The Center one is a bit larger; the only other difference is the center one has showers and lockers, while the ones on the ends of the tram do not.


User currently offlineLAXintl From United States of America, joined May 2000, 24869 posts, RR: 46
Reply 19, posted (4 years 1 week 4 days 22 hours ago) and read 5458 times:

So I took a walk up there and looked around the remodeled club.

I'm came away a bit ambivalent. I thought it was a bit too bright in both natural light(maybe bothersome for people on computers), and too bright with the use of some of the colors used (lots of silver, white, and baby and brighter blues).
I would have thought a bit of reserved, business like and use of more earth tones would set the mood a bit better. I'd characterize some portions of the club look more like a hip gym to me then a hotel lobby lets say.
The size enlargement however is obviously good and was needed for the combined operation as I recall the old club could be at capacity even before the NW merger.

Personally I say AA still has the best domestic club at LAX, and the Star Alliance lounge at TBIT is the best overall.



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