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Smell That Airport Air: Rooftop Sky Decks Coming to Delta Sky Clubs at JFK and ATL

January 28, 2013 at 9:08 AM | by | Comments (0)


The Sky Deck at Atlanta Airport. Click the image above for a (very) large version

Picture this: you've just ordered a cocktail and, while a bartender shakes it up, you catch a glimpse of a tail of a Delta 747 gliding by on its way to the runway to take off for Tokyo. The sun is shining on your face as you sip your drink and watch another Delta jet gracefully lift its wings. It's almost time for your turn.

Such a relaxing scene is the stuff of frequent traveler dreams, or was, since Delta is making this a reality with the introduction of open-air Sky Decks at two of their Sky Club locations. Under construction as we type, the first-ever outdoor terraces in the Delta system will be found at New York-JFK and Atlanta Hartsfield-Jackson as soon as four months from now.

Designed by Thom Filicia, who was chosen by Architectural Digest in partnership with Delta for the project, the two Sky Clubs will have bars and seating that don't distract from runway views. Those views are actually a highlight, kind of a reward for the frequent flyers and premium class travelers who'll find their way up here. For his nice little press release quote, Filicia explains his vision: “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."

First to enjoy a Sky Deck will be JFK, since it will open concurrent with Delta's new flagship Sky Club, the largest, to be located within the massive $1.2 billion expansion of JFK Terminal 4. That's billion with a "B."

We previously toured you around the construction, but what may have seemed like just a photo of raw roof was actually a hint that it was destined for greater. Flip through the other photos in the gallery above to check out what views we enjoyed during our brief visit to the roof (like a 747 landing!).

JFK and ATL may not be the first airports to sport rooftop decks, but having them airside (post-security) is very, very rare. Singapore-Changi most famously has several rooftop gardens, but rare is the runway view, and London-Heathrow has a tiny spot mostly used as a VIP space. The Delta Sky Decks will blow them out of the water by showing off a comfortable space that highlights, not hides, the airport activity. It's going to be sooo awesome.

Where & when to head out on the Sky Decks:
· JFK Terminal 4, May 2013
· ATL Concourse F, Summer 2013


The Sky Deck at New York-JFK. Click the image above for a (very) large version

[Renderings: Delta; Photos: Jaunted]

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