LOT Polish to fly its 787-9s to the US and Canada
Warsaw - LOT Polish Airlines plans to operate its first three Boeing 787-9s in Chicago, New York-JFK, and Toronto from next spring.
The fleet of the Polish airline is expanding and expected to have 75 new devices including 16 Dreamliner by mid-2019.
The Polish LOT is a traditional Boeing customer and was the first to introduce the Dreamliner in Europe.
LOT confirmed the program of deployment of its new Dreamliners. It is waiting for four leased B787-9, three of which are ordered from Aviation Capital Group and one from Air Lease Corporation. Deliveries should begin in the spring of next year. In total, three 787-9 will join the fleet in 2018 and the last in 2019.
The aircraft will be deployed from the Warsaw-Frederic Chopin hub to Chicago-O'Hare from late March / early April; to New York-JFK from early May; and to Toronto in early July, said the Star Alliance member company. In addition, the 787-9 is likely to operate some flights to Seoul.
LOT has chosen to configure its new long-haul with 294 seats, including 24 in Business (in rows of 2-2-2), 21 in Premium Economy (in 2-3-2) and 249 in Economy (in 3-3 -3).
The company currently operates eight 787-8 of 252 seats (18 in Business, 21 in Premium Economy and 213 in Economy). The Polish LOT is a traditional Boeing customer and was the first to introduce the Dreamliner in Europe.
LOT plans to carry more than 10 million passengers in 2020, which stands for a doubled traffic compared to the year of 2016.
"Today, the Dreamliner is our flagship aircraft and the mainstay of our long-haul fleet," said Rafal Milczarski, LOT's managing director.
"The acquisition of the largest version of the Boeing 787 is part of our company's sustainable growth strategy for the 2016-2020 period," he continued.
LOT plans to carry more than 10 million passengers in 2020, which stands for a doubled traffic compared to the year of 2016. The group's fleet (which also includes the Estonian company Nordica) will reach 75 aircraft in mid-2019, against 54 today. Of this total, 16 aircraft will be 787.
Regarding the medium-haul fleet, LOT expects six Boeing 737 MAX 8 between December 2017 and May 2019. These will be operated in particular to Paris, London, Madrid, Tel Aviv, Vienna, Amsterdam, Frankfurt, and Barcelona.
In addition, the fleet will be complemented by six Embraer 195s capable of accommodating 116 passengers each with seats installed in the 2 + 2 configuration. These planes will be used to power the Warsaw hub with passengers coming from Central and Eastern European airports.