Delta One’s New JFK Lounge Has Raised the Bar—Here Are 5 Reasons We’re Impressed

Delta’s largest lounge to date doesn’t shy away from perks and pampering services.

The French-inspired Brasserie sit-down restaurant at the new Delta One lounge at JFK, with rows of light-yellow chairs, orange banquettes, hanging lights throughout, and mirrored walls

A sit-down restaurant called the Brasserie serves multicourse, French-inspired meals at the new Delta One lounge at JFK.

Jason Dewey/Delta Air Lines

Spanning nearly 40,000 square feet, Delta Air Lines’ newest lounge at John F. Kennedy International Airport (JFK) in New York has some seriously swanky perks, ranging from a shoe-shining service and zero-gravity massage chairs to an outdoor terrace and a full-service restaurant.

However, unlike at the Delta Sky Clubs, which allow travelers to purchase a membership or access them with certain credit cards, neither memberships nor credit cards will score you access to this lounge. The new concept, called Delta One (like the carrier’s long-haul business-class product), is exclusively for passengers flying business or first class.

Here’s what you need to know about Delta’s first Delta One lounge at JFK, including its most impressive features and how you can get in.

A special ground-side check-in area

Front-of-the-plane fliers won’t have to wait in the regular check-in line before going through airport security. Instead they’ll be able to use a dedicated check-in area, in a private room with frosted-glass windows that’s separate from the lounge. While passengers’ bags are checked and boarding passes printed, staff will dole out warm towels and light refreshments.

Later this year, Delta plans to debut a private TSA security checkpoint for business-class passengers that will connect directly to the lounge area. Until then, guests will have to proceed through the regular security checkpoint after using the exclusive check-in area, but once they’re through security, it’s a short walk to the lounge.

The Delta One lounge bar featuring blue high chairs around round bar tables, and a U-shaped bar

The Delta One lounge bar is beautiful, but if you don’t want to get up for a drink, just settle in—a velvet-trimmed beverage cart will make the rounds.

Jason Dewey/Delta Air Lines

A brasserie, a bakery, and a beverage cart

One of the biggest draws of this new space is the 140-seat sit-down restaurant, the Brasserie. Offering three-course meals, the French-inspired menu was curated by Union Square Events and Restaurant Associates and offers options like hamachi crudo with avocado, chili crisp, and a honey citrus vinaigrette; rotisserie chicken accompanied by creamy Parmesan polenta, baby greens, and jus gras; and a dark chocolate soufflé with vanilla anglaise.

For those keen on something more casual (or who don’t have time for multiple courses), there is also a delicatessen area with bakery and market counters where guests will find a self-service salad bar, sandwiches, flatbreads, and sweets like passionfruit lemon bars and brown-butter chocolate cookies.

While patrons can pick up libations, ranging from classic cocktails like a French 75 to signature sippers, such as a peach maple syrup old-fashioned, at the bar, they don’t have to get up if they don’t want to; every seat throughout the lounge receives service from a blue-velvet–trimmed beverage cart.

There’s also the Rejuvenation Bar, which offers a handful of non-alcoholic beverages on tap, including green tea, beet juice, and flavored waters.

An all-season terrace with runway views

For a bit of fresh air before flying, the new Delta One lounge features a wraparound, all-season terrace with a retractable glass sunroof, plants that will be changed seasonally, and heating and air conditioning. It also boasts floor-to-ceiling windows that offer unparalleled views of the runway. There is enough seating for roughly 40 guests on outdoor sofas and lounge chairs.

A Delta One lounge shower room with a sink, blue tiles, and white-and-gray marble, plus a robe hanging in the foreground and a pocket door closet for ironing services

The shower rooms feature two-way closets in which travelers can hang clothing items they wish to have ironed while they freshen up.

Jason Dewey/Delta Air Lines

Spa treatments and shower rooms with ironing services

For a little pre- or post-flight rejuvenation, the lounge features nine reservable relaxation pods, five of which have full-body zero-gravity massage chairs, while the others have nap chairs. There is also the option to indulge in a complimentary 10-minute spa service on a first-come, first-served basis. Travelers can choose from a shoulder and neck massage designed to fight jet lag, a soothing hand and arm treatment, or a mini-facial that uses cryotherapy ice globes to de-puff your eyes.

The Delta One lounge also offers eight shower rooms, each stocked with towels, slippers, robes, hair dryers, and toiletries from skin-care brand Grown Alchemist. The shower rooms include a handy two-way closet in which guests can hang suits and jackets, which the valet can access to iron the clothes quickly without disturbing travelers. Shoes can be shined, either by the valet or at a dedicated stand near the entrance.

Super-chic design

This is Delta’s largest lounge yet, with space enough for 515 passengers. While the space is massive, it is divided into clever and well-designed areas. The first that visitors will see is the Fireplace Lounge. With leather swivel chairs and couches arranged around a faux flame, this space is accented with pillows, vases, and coffee-table books designed by the luxury Italian fashion house, Missoni (you’ll know which pieces are Missoni based on its signature zigzag design).

Additionally, the lounge features oodles of nods to New York architecture. For instance, the art deco–inspired Icon Bar features a gold ceiling and fluted glass light fixtures, which are meant to be a tribute to Radio City Music Hall. Similarly, the market and bakery area has a penny-round ceiling inspired by the original Eero Saarinen–designed JFK terminal, and the chandelier in the main dining room is meant to evoke the Brooklyn Bridge.

The Fireplace Lounge in the Delta One lounge at JFK, with club chairs and couches surrounding a faux fireplace

Be on the lookout for pillows, vases, and coffee-table books designed by Missoni in the Fireplace Lounge.

Delta Air Lines

How to access the Delta One Lounge at JFK

The business- and first-class–only Delta One lounge is located between Concourses A and B in Terminal 4 at JFK, adjacent to the main security checkpoint. It’s open from 4:30 a.m. to 11 p.m. daily.

There are three ways to access the lounge:

  • If you are traveling on a same-day Delta One business-class ticket
  • If you are traveling in business or first class on a same-day flight operated by one of Delta’s select partners, including Air France, LATAM, KLM, Korean Air, or Virgin Atlantic
  • If you are a Delta 360 member departing or arriving on a Delta first-class ticket. (Delta 360 is an invite-only membership given to the airline’s most frequent fliers.)

It’s not the first time an airline has opened a dedicated space for business- and first-class passengers. Both American and United Airlines offer similar retreats, known as the Flagship and Polaris lounges, respectively.

Later this year, Delta is expected to open two additional Delta One lounges, at Los Angeles International Airport (LAX) in October and Boston Logan International Airport (BOS) in November.

Bailey Berg is a freelance travel writer and editor, who covers breaking news, trends, tips, transportation, sustainability, the outdoors, and more. She was formerly the associate travel news editor at Afar. Her work can also be found in the New York Times, the Washington Post, National Geographic, Condé Nast Traveler, Travel + Leisure, the Points Guy, Atlas Obscura, Vice, Thrillist, Men’s Journal, Architectural Digest, Forbes, Lonely Planet, and beyond.
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