LOT Polish Airlines takes delivery of first B787-9 aircraft

The LOT Polish Airlines crew brought the first B787-9 aircraft from the Boeing Everett plant in Seattle home to Warsaw. The new airplane is registered as SP-LSA and will be used on the Warsaw - Chicago route. Two more aircraft of this type are scheduled to be delivered this year.

The B787-9 is nearly 63 metres long which means it is over 6 metres longer than each of the eight 787-8s operated by LOT. The new machine’s seating capacity accounts for 294, i.e. it offers 42 seats more compared to the smaller 787-8.

There are three travel classes in the new Dreamliners with 24 full flat bed seats in business class, 21 seats in premium economy and 249 in economy class.

”LOT is the first airline in Europe whose long-haul fleet consists only of Dreamliners,” says Rafał Milczarski, LOT’s CEO. ”Dreamliner is the driver of even faster growth of LOT, in that way making us even a more competitive, modern and environmentally-friendly. I am convinced that the B787-9s will open a new chapter in our history, significantly increasing the number of seats on the existing, most popular routes. Boeing 787-9 will be perfect for our flagship flights to Chicago, New York City or selected Asian destinations and will enable us to launch completely new routes as well", adds Rafał Milczarski.

In 2012 LOT was the first airline in Europe to collect aircraft of the the Dreamliner family. Now they are LOT’s flagship aircraft and the pillar of its long-haul fleet. 

Photos: K. Moczulski, PLL LOT