One of the best things about embarking on a trip is heading to the airport and strolling the terminal prior to boarding. The nicer the terminal, the better; but the old Delta Terminal in JFK was certainly not one to enjoy one’s airport transit-time.
Part of a $1.4 billion redevelopment at JFK, Delta Air Lines has previewed its renovation of John F. Kennedy International Airport’s Terminal 4 (T4) with a pop-up space in Manhattan called “T4X.” The space was open to the public, May 1-22, and showcased JFK T4’s new features, including Delta Sky Priority® check-in, the new flagship Delta Sky Club® and The Sky Deck™ at Delta Sky Club.
Judging from the exterior look of the pop-up space, the incredible makeover was evident – a few floors of travel goodness, displaying via video projection a unique interactive digital 3-D model of the terminal.
“Our newly transformed international hub at JFK’s Terminal 4 is the cornerstone of the substantial investments Delta is making in New York,” said Gail Grimmett, Delta’s senior vice president – New York. “We are opening T4X as a unique way for our customers and the public to preview the state-of-the-art features of the new terminal, before it officially opens on May 24.”
Visitors were able to check in to an existing Delta flight, talk to Delta agents or simply relax in the dedicated lounge Delta Sky Club. One of the most enjoyable changes will be The Sky Deck, a rooftop terrace created in partnership with Architectural Digest and designed by Thom Filicia. The new Terminal 4 will also inaugurate restaurants including Marcus Samuelsson’s new venues Uptown Brasserie and Street Food, Danny Meyer’s Shake Shack featuring its ever-popular ShackBurgers and fresh frozen custard ice cream and Blue Smoke, a pioneer in urban barbecue.
“T4X is a showcase of not only the investments that we have made in T4, but also represents the larger investment that Delta has made in our products and technology across the system,” said Tim Mapes, Delta’s senior vice president – Marketing.
Inspired by popular international destinations, Delta served sandwiches and salad lunch items in delightful luggage-shaped boxes of four choices: London, Rome, Istanbul, and Athens. T4X also featured travel-related retail essentials, both complimentary and for-purchase, such as passport holders, luggage tags and mugs.
The impressive T4X pop-up space, located at 376 West Broadway and Broome, in the heart of Soho was open May 1- 22, as a preview for the new T4X opening tomorrow, May 24th. For more information, visit www.delta.com/t4x
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