LOT Polish Airlines and Brazilian aircraft manufacturer Embraer announced today the conversion of six ERJ 145 options and the purchase of a further three of these 50-seat regional jetliners. With this announcement, LOT increases its original order of six firm and six options, signed in February 1999, to a total of 15 firm orders.
“It brings great pleasure to Embraer to jointly announce this option conversion and new order”, said Maur’cio Botelho, Embraer’s President and CEO. “Slightly less than an year after receiving its first ERJ 145, LOT has decided to convert its existing options and acquire three aircraft, demonstrating the confidence placed on Embraer’s products and the high customer satisfaction that our regional jets provide”, he added.
“We are very satisfied with our ERJ 145s”, stated Jan Litwinski, LOT’s President and CEO. “We required a regional jet that would allow LOT to increase the number of flights to selected European countries and the ERJ 145 has done this exceptionally well ever since it entered service in the Summer of 1999. Confirming our options and purchasing another three ERJ 145s is merely capitalizing on a wise choice we made last year”.
Warsaw-based LOT received its first ERJ 145 in July of 1999, becoming the first airline to use this aircraft in Central and Eastern Europe. Currently operating four of these regional jets on non-stop routes to Germany, Switzerland and Norway, LOT’s 48-seat configured ERJ 145s fly to other major destinations such as Brussels, Budapest, Manchester and Saint Petersburg.