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March 5, 2009

Delta Sky Club Borrows Storied Naming from Pan Am

deltaairlineslogo.gifThe news that Delta Air Lines will be renaming more than 50 airport lounges worldwide that they inherited from their Metlifebuilding.gifmerger with Northwest has hit some people hard. Say goodbye to the Delta Crown Rooms and Northwest Airlines WorldClubs, the new name for both will be the Delta Sky Clubs.

At least one blogger was hoping for "Delta Crown Room WorldClubs," a name that is far too awkward.

The Middle Seat Terminal blog on the Wall Street Journal seems full of ill-will projected from Northwest fans towards Delta. One response in particular caught my eye: a certain "Globeman" reminds us that the name Sky Club was immortalized by none other Pan Am (now extinct) as the name for its lush dining room on top of the Pan Am Building, which is now The MetLife Building.

Until a few years ago the the Sky Club was a public restaurant, but has now become a private one and despite its change in ownership and patronage the name has lived on even after the departure of its name on the storied building.

I'm impressed that the Sky Club name is coming back into use by an airline, because I think it has a lovely cachet, but must wonder what the people dining at the Sky Club think about this news.

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Posted by William Lozito at March 5, 2009 8:04 AM
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