LOT Polish Airlines will become the first European operator of the Boeing 787 Dreamliner when it welcomes the delivery of the first of eight aircraft it has on order in November this year.
The Star Alliance member has this past week confirmed its planned scheduled operations of the type after opening reservations for the aircraft on flights from Warsaw to Beijing, Chicago, New York and Toronto.
The Polish national carrier has confirmed it will take delivery of its first 787 on November 15th, 2012 and will receive five aircraft by March 2013 and the start of the Northern Summer schedules.
It will initially place the aircraft into service on European routes for crew qualification and training requirements from around December 14th, 2012, an executive confirms. Destinations which are likely to see the aircraft are said to include Brussels, Budapest, Frankfurt, Hanover, Kiev, Munich, Prague and Vienna.
“I can say with confidence that this is a breakthrough moment for LOT.
“I am convinced that the offer which we are presenting to our passengers will meet great interest, and a plane such as the Dreamliner will delight and meet the expectations of each traveller,” said Marcin Piróg, chief executive, LOT Polish Airlines.
LOT has eight 787-8s on order having signed an initial contract for seven aircraft in September 2005 and then converting an option for one further aircraft in February 2007.