Delta Airlines Moves To JFK T4, Plans Closer Cooperation With Virgin Atlantic

Delta Airlines has completed the first phase of its move to a sprawling new concourse at John F. Kennedy International Airport’s Terminal 4, with plans to eventually relocate all its flight operations at the airport under 1 roof by 2015. With a series of upgraded and new facilities, the move raises the game for the airline’s rivals and the possibility for closer cooperation with partner Virgin Atlantic, which also operates out of the terminal.


Airport Investment to Better Compete in New York

The experience begins with improved and renovated check-in areas (including a dedicated Sky Priority zone), centralized security checkpoint, streamlined baggage handling system and 16 new or renovated international gates. The concourse also offers increased seating, new dining and retail offerings with local restaurant favorites such as Blue Smoke and burger chain Shake Shack, as well as sweeping views of the airport.


Premium cabin passengers and Skyteam frequent flyers will also enjoy access to a 2,230-square meter flagship Delta Sky Club, the largest in the airline’s network. The airline will offer complimentary snacks, with the option of a chargeable pre-departure meal from a chef-designed menu of cuisine such as sushi, cheese, charcuterie and dessert. Master Sommelier Andrea Robinson, who also selects Delta’s Business Elite wine offerings, has developed a premium by-the glass wine program with many vintages usually available only by the bottle, including Dom Perignon and the Bodegas Muga ‘Prado Enea’ Gran Reserva.


Additionally, passengers needing privacy within the Club can reserve the Ciroc Lounge, which offers a private space with seating and entertainment. The JFK Terminal 4 Sky Club is also the first to feature Delta’s new Sky Deck, a 185-square meter rooftop terrace developed in partnership with renowned designer Thom Filicia and industry publication Architectural Digest.


Joint Delta / Virgin USA – UK Shuttle Envisioned

To further sharpen its edge against the competition, Delta Airlines is seeking regulatory approvals to start a joint transatlantic shuttle service with partner Virgin Atlantic, in which it holds a 49 percent stake. Under the proposed venture, both carriers would coordinate schedules, network planning, pricing and sales between North America and the UK, offering 31 roundtrip flights. The airlines will also implement reciprocal frequent flyer benefits and shared lounge access, which would give passengers the option of the new Delta Sky Club and Virgin Atlantic’s highly-rated Virgin Clubhouse that opened last year.


If approved, the cooperation will see Delta Airlines become the biggest transatlantic carrier, with the airline also in partnership with European airlines Air France, Alitalia and KLM. It would also pose a credible challenge to rival American Airlines, which operates its own joint venture with Oneworld partner British Airways.


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