Warsaw, Poland - LOT Polish Airlines plans to expand its long-haul fleet with new widebody jets, but needs to make a choice between Airbus A350 and Boeing 787.
According to LOT Polish CEO Rafal Milczarski, the company is going to place a large order for the Boeing 787 or Airbus A350 in the not too distant future.
With the new aircraft acquisitions, LOT will, among other things, also expand its long-haul base in Budapest from where it flies to New York and Chicago since last year to fill the gap that bankrupt Malev left behind.
The Polish carrier aims to acquire more slots from Hungary's insolvent national carrier.
LOT currently operates only Boeing 787-8s and 787-9s on its intercontinental routes. Milczarski has four different planes in mind for the new order: the 787-9, the 787-10, the A350-900 or the A350-1000.
We will make a choice based on an extensive analysis to get the aircraft that suits our needs best and offers us the most benefit,
The chief executive did not reveal the number of planes that will be ordered. The only thing we know it will be big.
Along with the expansion of its long-haul fleet, the airline also wants to place an order for the renewal of its regional fleet.
In this segment, the company studies the Airbus's A220 family and Embraer's E2 Series jets.
Lot Polish currently operates eight Boeing 787-8 and six Boeing 787-9 (two more on order). The airline also has 39 older E1 Series jets in its regional fleet.
The European carrier does not operate any Airbus jet. It's going to be an interesting campaign to watch.