LOT Polish Airlines’ Boeing 787 Dreamliner: Virtual Tour and Review
NEW YORK AND WARSAW — LOT Polish Airlines (Polskie Linie Lotnicze LOT S.A.) was the first European airline to take delivery of a Boeing 787 Dreamliner and currently has five in service, out of the eight it has on order. Indeed, the airline has completely replaced almost all of its older Boeing 767 fleet with the Dreamliners.
LOT took delivery of its first Dreamliner on Nov. 14, 2012. The aircraft, with registration SP-LRA, left Boeing Field in Seattle that day and arrived in Warsaw at Warsaw Chopin Airport (WAW) the following day.
The Warsaw-based airline put its first Dreamliner into service exactly one month later with flights from Warsaw to Prague. Joined by LOT’s second Dreamliner, the two continued on European short-haul routes to familiarize the crew with the aircraft.
When the airline announced its schedule for Dreamliner routes in 2012, LOT’s CEO at the time, Marcin Piróg, said, “I can say with confidence this is a breakthrough moment for LOT.” He added: “The Dream is a reality.”
LOT’s inaugural westbound transatlantic Dreamliner flight left Warsaw on January 16 at 3:55 p.m. bound for Chicago’s O’Hare International Airport and arrived the same day at 6:55 p.m. The inaugural eastbound flight was slated to fly from Chicago back to Warsaw the same day, but, due to the worldwide grounding of all Dreamliners while LOT’s was en route to Chicago, it never took place. Once the problems with the Dreamliner had been resolved, LOT put the aircraft into service on its long-haul routes from Warsaw to Chicago, New York, and Toronto.
The LOT Dreamliner has a total of 252 seats in three separate cabins. Eighteen of those seats are in business class, which LOT calls Elite Club, 21 are in a separate premium-economy cabin, designated Premium Club, and 213 are in the main cabin. The Dreamliner is the launch vehicle for LOT’s Premium Club concept.
TOURING LOT’S BOEING DREAMLINER 787
The Boeing 787 Dreamliner is a long-range, widebody, twin-engine jet airliner that can seat between 210 to 290 passengers, depending on the airline’s particular configuration. It is the world’s first airliner to use composite materials for most of its construction, which makes it lighter and far more resistant to corrosion than earlier jets.
In size and capacity, the Dreamliner is similar to the Boeing 767 but it consumes 20% less fuel. From a visual standpoint, the aircraft’s distinguishing features include a four-panel windshield and noise-reducing chevrons on its engine nacelles.
Once inside the long-haul 787, it’s apparent that the aircraft is both new and special. The first things most passengers notice are the very large windows (they are, in fact, 30% larger than those on most other aircraft), which have an electrochromic dimming feature instead of shades. The windows, which are at a higher eye level, make the cabin seem much more airy and give passengers a better view of the horizon. The design allows passengers not seated at a window to be able to see outside as well. The shades can be dimmed by means of a button at each window and all of the shades can be dimmed remotely by the cabin crew to darken the aircraft for sleep.