Warsaw - LOT Polish Airlines has taken possession of the first of four Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner expected. The aircraft joined the eight 787-8 that are already in service.
Less than four months after the arrival of the first 737 MAX 8, the Polish national carrier integrates a new aircraft in its fleet. Leased from the Aviation Capital Group, the 787-9 is configured to accommodate 24 passengers in Business class, 21 in premium and 249 in Economy: 294 seats in total against 252 in the 787-8 (18 + 21 + 213).
The new 787-9 registered SP-LSA and equipped with Rolls-Royce Trent 1000-TEN engines, landed at its base at the Warsaw-Frederic Chopin airport on 23 March 2018. Two more 787-9 will be delivered this year and the last in February 2019. The devices will be used on the existing routes to Chicago, Seoul, and Toronto.
Rafal Milczarski, the CEO of the Star Alliance company, is convinced that the 787-9 opens a new stage in the existing routes of the airline by increasing the number of seats offered. The 787-9 will also allow LOT Polish Airlines to open new routes and maintain the leading position in the Central and Eastern European market. LOT Polish is the only Dreamliner operator in Eastern Europe.
The majority of the new routes scheduled for 2018 by the Polish airline are bound for Europe and Russia, but on May 15, the company relaunched a direct connection to Singapore, as well as two others from Budapest to Chicago and New York.
In addition to two 787-9, LOT Polish Airlines will receive this year three 737 MAX 8 and six Embraer 195.