Delta’s New Sky Club at San Francisco International Airport – Review

By Paul Riegler on 4 January 2016
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Thanks to weather in the Midwest causing delays in flight operations, I had far more time than I had originally planned at San Francisco International Airport so I decided to check out the brand new Delta Sky Club in Terminal 1 near Concourse C. While the ground floor reception area looks like any other Sky Club, a walk up the very white stairs, a bamboo wall, and drop-dead views say otherwise.

Let’s start with the views. The visitor is presented with almost floor-to-ceiling windows and unobstructed views of the airport’s runway by the Bay. The windows continue the length of the Sky Club and define the space.

The club is over 9,000 square feet (836 square meters) in size, double the size of the old Sky Club that was located landside. It boasts of Leed Gold certification – the only Sky Club in the system that holds that distinction – and serves as an art gallery that features work by local artists.

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At the top of the stairs is Amelia. Aviator Amelia Earhart had begun both of her world flight attempts in 1937 in the Bay Area and this bigger than life portrait by Cuban artist Alexi Torres (it’s 96”x60” or 244 x 152 centimeters) greets visitors as they ascend the stairs.

On the far end of the Sky Club a wall-to-wall mosaic of the Golden Gate Bridge created by artist Charis Tsevis, who used thousands of tiny images of the bridge to create it, overlooks the area. Five other major pieces of art grace the lounge but even the room dividers – each comprised of several hundred wooden rings, each with an eccentric circle cutout – are themselves works of art.

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