LOT Polish Airlines Premium Club Dreamliner Flight 007 New York-Warsaw, Poland – Review
LOT Polish Airlines was to begin Dreamliner service from the United States on January 16 of this year, but fate intervened and the worldwide grounding of the high-tech aircraft delayed the start of service from Chicago and New York to Warsaw for several months. LOT itself has been offering non-stop flights from New York for 40 years and the eastbound flight carries the flight number 007, a number deliberately chosen at that time due to the popularity of James Bond movies.
LOT has the distinction of being the first European airline to put the Dreamliner in service and it was also the first airline to fly the Dreamliner out of John F. Kennedy International Airport.
The first time I was slated to fly LOT’s Dreamliner to Warsaw was on January 16 on the launch flight from Chicago, which never left the gate. Now I was at JFK’s Terminal 1, waiting to board flight 007.
A consortium comprised of Air France, Japan Airlines, Korean Air, and Lufthansa runs Terminal 1, which opened in 1998. In addition, several other airlines, including LOT, call it home. While it’s a modern terminal, it suffers from very long lines at the security checkpoint with only lip service paid to the first- and business-class line. It was for this reason that I enlisted the services of Gateway Special Services and, thanks to my escort, breezed through the checkpoint in exactly two minutes.
Gate 11, at the far end of Terminal 1, was beyond all of the shops and restaurants and seemed quite busy. The flight would be departing somewhat late. I was told at check-in, so I had plenty of time to get there.
LOT invites its Premium Club and Elite Club passengers to enjoy Lufthansa’s business-class lounge, and I stopped in to have a quick snack (a bowl of chicken soup, since I hadn’t had lunch that day) and an Apfelschorle, a mixture of apple juice and sparkling mineral water).
LOT boarded passengers needing extra time first and then invited Elite Club and then Premium Club passengers to board. Flight attendants were in the aisles offering a choice of sparkling wine, water, or juice as a pre-departure beverage.
At my seat I found a blanket, pillow, and very attractive amenity kit that contained a toothbrush and toothpaste, eyeshade, socks, and earplugs.