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Delta opens new Sky Club at Tokyo Haneda with Japanese touches

July 29, 2022
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Delta opens new Sky Club at Tokyo Haneda with Japanese touches
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Delta Air Lines just opened the doors to its newest Sky Club.

The Atlanta-based carrier's much-anticipated new Sky Club in Tokyo's Haneda Airport (HND) officially welcomed its first guests on Friday, roughly two years after the club was first supposed to open.

Delta first previewed the new Sky Club back in February 2020, though the pandemic delayed the original July 2020 opening timeline. Even though Japan is still largely closed to foreigners, Delta is making good on its promise to open a branded lounge at Haneda.

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(Photo courtesy of Delta Air Lines)

The Haneda lounge is now Delta's only international Sky Club location. The move follows a larger pre-pandemic shift of U.S. carriers to serve Tokyo's more convenient airport, Haneda, as opposed to the larger, but far less convenient Narita International Airport (NRT).

"It's a key market for us in Asia [and] we have enough volume that a lounge makes sense here," said Claude Roussel, Delta's managing director of Sky Clubs, in an exclusive pre-opening interview with TPG.

Delta previously operated two lounges in the larger Narita airport. The airline inherited those clubs from Northwest Airlines, which had a hub presence in Tokyo.

(Photo courtesy of Delta Air Lines)

"We're talking about a major gateway in Asia. It's not only about the Delta business, but our partnership with Korean Air, too," Roussel explained when talking about how many flyers will have access to the club.

One of the big reasons why Delta built a new lounge in Haneda is that it couldn't find any partner lounges that would fit the bill.

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"The rest of the lounges didn't feel like they were going to be to handle all our volume the way we wanted and with the care and service that we want to create," Roussel said.

So, Delta decided to build its own lounge from scratch. As a result, "we've created a good competitive advantage because we are the only proprietary U.S. airline lounge in Haneda," Roussel said.

(Photo courtesy of Delta Air Lines)

United partners with ANA and American partners with JAL for lounge access for their premium passengers. In fact, both ANA's and JAL's lounges are well above average for U.S. carriers.

That said, based on the pictures, it appears that the new Sky Club was designed in Delta's latest motifs with some additional local flair.

The club spans 9,332 square feet, with a range of seating options to accommodate every traveler. This includes private phone booths for those looking to make calls or dial into meetings, as well as couches and individual recliners spread throughout the space.

In terms of food, the Sky Club features a noodle bar staffed by a chef, along with a full buffet of hot and cold options, including sushi and other locally-inspired delicacies.

(Photo courtesy of Delta Air Lines)

Several of the local delicacies that will be available throughout the day include deep-fried tofu, traditional Japanese beef curry, create-your-own ramen noodle bowls and miso soup.

All freshly-cooked food offerings will be prepared in the lounge's back-of-house kitchen.

(Photo courtesy of Delta Air Lines)

Additionally, there's a full-service bar serving complimentary seasonal cocktails, wines, beers, spirits and Japanese sake. Guests can purchase premium cocktails and spirits.

Delta shared the new cocktail menu with TPG. It includes eight drinks that are unique to the Tokyo outpost, including a yuzu melon chu hai and a sake blossom cosmo.

(Photo courtesy of Delta Air Lines)

Flyers can also enjoy a shower at one of the lounge's five shower suites, which will be managed by Delta's new virtual queuing system that first debuted in Salt Lake City (and has since rolled out to Sky Clubs in Los Angeles and at New York's LaGuardia Airport).

(Photo courtesy of Delta)

The lounge also has the basics covered — there are power outlets and USB-A ports at nearly every seat, as well as complimentary high-speed Wi-Fi available for everyone.

(Rendering courtesy of Delta Air Lines)

You'll find the lounge located on the fifth floor of Haneda's Terminal 3, next to gates 112 and 114. This location is especially convenient for Delta flyers, as the airline's operations in Tokyo are centered around these gates.

Right now, Delta flies to Tokyo Haneda from Atlanta, Detroit and Seattle. Delta's complete Tokyo schedule includes nonstop service from the aforementioned hubs, as well as the following four cities:

  • Honolulu.
  • Los Angeles.
  • Minneapolis−Saint Paul.
  • Portland, Oregon.

Delta One business class flyers will have access to the new space, as will those traveling on a same-day Delta flight who also hold The Platinum Card® from American Express, The Business Platinum Card® from American Express, the Delta SkyMiles® Reserve American Express Card or the Delta SkyMiles® Reserve Business American Express Card.

See our complete guide to accessing the Delta Sky Club for more details.

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