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AA has Flagship, United has Polaris. Would Delta open a more exclusive lounge network

AA has Flagship, United has Polaris. Would Delta open a more exclusive lounge network

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Old Jan 8, 19, 10:01 pm
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The least they could do is offer enhanced beverages, free of charge, to international business class passengers. Not the Dom of course, but most of everything else.
I mean AA has unlimited self-serve Bolly...
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Old Jan 9, 19, 12:45 pm
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Originally Posted by cerealmarketer View Post
Here's how it looks in two years for the international premium flier....

% of intl widebody fleet with lie flat seats with privacy

AA - 95% (5-10 763s left)
UA - 70% (still months left in the rollout)
DL - 60% (assume 764s getting retrofit - airliners.net rumor, consider existing A330 / 777 cirrus as private)

U.S. hubs with lounges dedicated for international premium passengers

AA - 4-6
UA - 5 (not believing IAD will see one)
DL - 0

AA and UA have started moving fast on change - Delta had an advantage in the seat department and that flips over these critical years. And while they had an advantage when there were no flagship type lounges open to biz class passengers, they're now getting leapfrogged in the lounge facility department. At this point, the plans they've made public put them on track to be behind AA and UA on both fronts.
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Delta will be forced to compete especially with pressure at JFK and LAX and I anticipate announcements from them in response.

Edit - just realized this was an old post.
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Old Jan 9, 19, 4:22 pm
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Originally Posted by ijgordon View Post
I mean AA has unlimited self-serve Bolly...
They may have it, but it hasn't been served to customers recently (at least my experience at LAX).
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Old Jan 9, 19, 4:48 pm
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As somebody who flies a decent mix of front and back, I would rather have a decent lounge all the time than a great lounge when up front and a dump when not. The lounge is actually more important to me when in the back as I will not be able to relax and eat/drink as well as I can in D1.

If DL were to create a D1 lounge, you could bet that the main lounge will start dropping.
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Old Jan 9, 19, 5:13 pm
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You could also buy food in the terminal if you had to. There's at least 4 reasonable restaurant options within a 2 min walk of the JFK T4 skyclub.

The SC food also isn't that bad. You can usually put together a decent noodle bowl with lots of chicken and grab a roll or soup to go with it.
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Old Jan 10, 19, 1:33 am
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Originally Posted by ijgordon View Post
The least they could do is offer enhanced beverages, free of charge, to international business class passengers. Not the Dom of course, but most of everything else.
I mean AA has unlimited self-serve Bolly...
Delta does? What and how?? Never knew this
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Old Jan 10, 19, 11:32 am
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Originally Posted by NOLAnwGOLD View Post
Delta does? What and how?? Never knew this
No, I never said that.

Originally Posted by NYC Flyer View Post
They may have it, but it hasn't been served to customers recently (at least my experience at LAX).
Yes, I think it might still be at JFK, but I believe they've rotated other options in at some of the other FLs. And of course there's the unlimited Krug for international/flagship first class customers.
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