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LONDON - Delta and Virgin Atlantic launched NY-LON, the airlines’ new lounge bar at The O2 Tuesday night when senior executives from both airlines hosted more than 300 guests and frequent fliers.  

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The aviation-inspired lounge is set within the U.K.’s premier music and entertainment venue and was created to celebrate the route at the heart of Delta’s joint venture partnership with Virgin - New York to London Heathrow - the world’s busiest.

Bringing New York’s chic style to London’s East End, the evening featured live music from the iconic hip-hop DJ Grandmaster Flash, alongside new talent and neo-soul artist Lion Babe. Guests were welcomed with Prosecco on arrival and a selection of signature cocktails were served throughout the evening to showcase the head mixologist’s take on the classic Manhattan, Whiskey Sour and Tom Collins.

The evening’s canapés, including mac & cheese, salted cod and Brooklyn crab salad, offered guests a taste of NY-LON’s menu, which pays homage to favorite British and American dishes.

Tim Mapes, Delta's Senior Vice President-Marketing, told guests: “Delta and Virgin constantly strive to find new ways to serve our customers. NY-LON is one of many exciting examples of our joint commitment to innovation that meets our guests’ needs in the air and on the ground.”

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Reuben Arnold, Senior Vice President of Marketing & Customer Experience at Virgin Atlantic added: “It’s a fantastic space to meet friends pre- and post-concert, pop by for an afternoon coffee or even grab an after-work bite to eat. More than anything, NY-LON offers a taste of the innovation, style and incredible experience you can look forward to when you fly Virgin Atlantic or Delta.”

The NY-LON lounge is open seven days a week offering a luxurious bar with a difference. Operations behind the bar are run by Levy Restaurants UK, the sports, leisure and hospitality division of Compass Group UK & Ireland. Levy is well-versed in delivering design-led concepts across a range of renowned venues across the U.K. including Somerset House. 

The Virgin Atlantic and Delta  joint venture partnership launched in 2014, creating an expanded trans-Atlantic route network, enhancing competition between the U.K. and North America and providing seamless onward connections. The partnership provides 10 flights a day between London Heathrow and New York – with eight to New York-JFK and two to Newark.

Explore NY-LON in this photo gallery.