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Delta brings big upgrades to Boston, opens 1st Sky Club Express, revamps


Delta Air Lines’ Boston hub is getting another round of upgrades.

This time, the carrier is making improvements to the terminal and lounge experience as the hub continues growing with more flights.

Delta just opened its first-ever Sky Club Express in Boston, which is designed to alleviate some of the lounge overcrowding in the international terminal, as well as an expansion to its existing Sky Club in Terminal A located near Gate A18.

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Additionally, the carrier recently launched a new bus service between the domestic and international terminals, making for a more seamless connecting experience for long-haul travelers.

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Delta turned the Boston Logan International Airport (BOS) into a hub back in June 2019, and has remained in growth mode since.

The airline’s Boston-focused expansion has included both new domestic and international routes, including two new flagship long-haul flights, upgraded planes and terminal improvements.

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Now, as the carrier gears up for a busy winter travel season, it’s bringing its A-game to Boston, where it goes head-to-head with JetBlue Airways, among other carriers, to fight for the local market.

The 1st Delta Sky Club Express

Boston is officially home to the world’s first Sky Club Express, a new style of lounge for the carrier.

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Located on the lower level of Terminal E, this miniature club was designed as a temporary solution to address some of the lounge overcrowding in the airport’s international terminal. It’s open daily from 1 p.m. until 10:30 p.m.

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Historically, Delta has sent its premium-cabin passengers and top-tier frequent flyers to the terminal’s Air France Lounge or Virgin Atlantic Clubhouse.

While that solution may have worked in the past, the airline continues to grow its international network from Boston, which has led to overcrowding at these partner lounges.

Delta’s long-term solution is to build a brand-new signature Sky Club in Terminal E, but that 20,000-square-foot space won’t open until summer 2023.

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So, in the meantime, Delta decided to build a temporary Sky Club Express to give its long-haul flyers a better option.

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This space is located just one floor below the departures level and is accessible by elevator.

You’ll find the Sky Club Express located down a brightly lit, but somewhat depressing hallway just past the Virgin Atlantic Clubhouse.

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The space itself occupies the former outpost of The Club at Boston, which closed during the pandemic and never reopened.

Delta decided to lease the space in April and open the lounge at the end of July, as it worked to quickly meet the increased demand for international travel, Duane Clark, Delta’s regional operation manager for Sky Clubs, told TPG during the tour.

While the layout is certainly not up to Sky Club standards, it works as a temporary solution. There’s seating for just around 100 passengers, which is split across three large rooms.

Even though this is an “Express” club, you’ll quickly recognize that the chairs, couches and recliners are in Delta’s signature style.

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You’ll even notice some Boston-themed artwork lining the walls.

Fast, password-protected Wi-Fi, power outlets and USB-A ports are located throughout the space.

Unfortunately, there are no windows in the club, but again, this is a temporary solution that’ll disappear entirely when the new lounge opens next year.

There are two single-use restrooms, and both are outfitted with showers. However, Delta opted to disable the showers since it didn’t want long queues to form for the restrooms, Clark told TPG.

True to its “Express” name, the food and beverage service is scaled back in this club (though it’s still roughly on par, if not better, than what you’d find in many American Admirals Clubs or United Clubs).

If you’re hungry, you’ll find two hot soups, two hot entrees and a variety of packaged snacks and takeaway sandwiches, charcuterie plates and cheese boards available.

The airline is “hoping to expand the kitchen a bit more to do more food here,” Clark told TPG.

The lounge recently received its liquor license, so you can now enjoy beer (Sam Adams, of course), wine and canned cocktails as well.

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All in all, Delta’s new Sky Club Express is far from the carrier’s nicest outpost, but it fits the bill as a temporary space.

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Something is better than nothing, and Delta deserves credit for filling the vacancy left by The Club with a temporary club, even while working on building a signature new lounge for Boston.

Expanded domestic club is now complete

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