Delta Airlines used to depart out of Terminal 5, but their enlarged operations in Los Angeles meant they now use both Terminal 2 and 3, with international flights departing from the Tom Bradley International Terminal. With the enlarged operations, they have also invested in a separate Delta ONE premium service area for Delta ONE passengers, located at Terminal 2 where the shuttle bus from Aloft El Segundo dropped me off at.
The Delta ONE signs was visible along the wall of this separate enclosure that has a staff member checking for passengers credentials by the door. Not only was this a nice separate space without queues, I was also able to leave the ski bags with the staff there, without the need to carry it over to the odd bags area.
Inside the check-in area there is a lounge area for passengers requiring space to take out stuff or move stuff in their checked luggage since the recent ban on lithium batteries can mean last minute retrieval of those items from your checked luggage. There is even a basket of snacks with coffee, tea and soft drinks being served on the side.
My departure gate for this International flight was from the Tom Bradley International Terminal but I chose to visit the Delta Sky Club in Terminal 2 first since I had some time. Unfortunately there was no special security line for Delta ONE passengers and I just joined the Sky Priority lane which still had a wait. Past security I took the elevators to the second level where the Delta Sky Club in Terminal 2 is located at. With several staff helping guests on the reception desk, I was able to be served immediately where they let me in after I handed my boarding pass over.
Seating in the Delta Sky Club
Right by the reception desk, there was a group of 4 comfortable lounge chairs with a flight departure information board setup beside it. This foyer area is empty since it is busy with traffic from guests entering and exiting the lounge. However there are some very nice tall armchairs for one person by the entrance. These armchairs also have tall tables setup in front of them for guests to work on their laptop or for placing food and beverages.
Over by the windows there were more conventional grey leather armchairs found commonly in airport lounges. The window with a view of the planes provided plenty of light in the day.
The quieter section of the lounge is on the left side since there is no buffet or food here. Though there was still cafeteria style low armchairs with small side tables for couples here since there was a drinks bar console at the end.
Otherwise this section of the lounge has some very nice tall armchairs for 2 persons with a wooden armrest in between that acts as a small table for drinks. These tall chairs provide lots of support for the head and comes fitted with power outlets on the sides. The tall partition on the sides also provides for plenty of privacy.
Other seating options includes long benches with dividing tables that functions as armrests as well as individual armchairs with side tables placed between every 2 seats.
The variety of seating options makes this lounge suitable for solo travellers or small groups travelling together and there was plenty of seats available in the lounge even during the peak lunch hour departures.
Food & Beverage in the Lounge
Just on the right side of the lounge, there was a buffet console in the middle with the beverage section lined up along the wall. A dining area comprising of red dining chairs with basic white tables are placed around the buffet space. Lounge seats around the buffet tends to be the busiest in terms of foot traffic as the restrooms are also found behind the beverage section.
On the buffet stand, the Sky Club was serving Mac and Cheese as the mains with a variety of toppings such as green onions, jalapenos, Monterrey Jack cheese and bacon.
Over on the other side of the buffet was a variety of pre-mixed salad for guests to enjoy. They look fresh and delicious which is not always the case you can say for most lounge food.
Next to it was more vegetables in the form of celery and carrot sticks with hummus. There was also a variety of toppings like shredded chicken, spinach and beans that goes with the Sky broth or what I dub as ‘western style’ pho.
The Sky broth was not the only soup as there was another pot of beef soup in the buffet. And beside the beef soup was crackers, flatbread and cheese.
By the wall, the beverage section has a selection of liquors at the do-it-yourself cocktail bar. Lime, olives and cherries are provided along with mixers in individual cans.
Like in all Delta Sky Clubs, brewed coffee is supplied by Starbucks. This was in addition to the espresso machines and the packets of tea beside it. The same beverages can also be found in the console at the other end of the lounge.
Aside from drinks, there was some jars filled with cookies and mixed crackers found on the buffet console.
Private bathrooms are available for lounge guests to reserve at the end of the lounge. There was a separate shower reception area and I was able to access one without any wait. The private bathrooms are quite small and not that brightly lit, but it does have its own toilet and a washbasin.
Between the washbasin and shower area, there was a cabinet with drawers where the hair-dryer can be found. Above it are towel racks with clean towels.
The shower room has a glass partition and features both a handheld and rain shower head. Malin + Goetz amenities are mounted on the walls, while there was hand wash and lotion on the washbasin.
Aside as a place to rest, the Sky Club in Los Angeles seems to be furnished for work as well. There was several private work cubicles at the end of the lounge near the shower rooms. These cubicles have their own swivelling chair, desk and power outlets.
Outside in the main section of the lounge, there are common long tables with power outlets in the centre of the long table that functions as communal work spaces.
Because the common working spaces are brighter being out in the main lounge, there were more people using them as opposed to the private work cubicles.
Magazines and newspapers are also provided in the shelving space below the snack console.
Compared to the Delta Sky Club in Terminal 5 that I visited in the past, there was not much difference though this new one seems brighter due to having more windows. It does however have more or less the same furnishings and facilities, though I found the dining space to be smaller here, but Delta seems to have improved the food quality.
While the lounge was a nice space, there could be some improvements such as having a more spacious dining area and larger bathrooms. Otherwise the Sky Club in Terminal 2 is a decent option for domestic and intra-North American travel. Though as an international lounge, more could be improved upon.