LOT Polish Airlines Elite Club Business Class Dreamliner Flight 26 Warsaw-New York – Review
Warsaw Chopin Airport, named after Polish composer Frédéric Chopin, is the country’s busiest airport, handling roughly 40% of all traffic and serving over 30 foreign airlines. Major international connections include London, Chicago, Frankfurt, Paris, and Amsterdam, while, on the domestic side, most connecting passengers travel to and from Kraków, Wrocław, and Gdańsk.
Warsaw Chopin is the main hub of LOT Polish Airlines, the country’s flag carrier and the first European airline to operate Boeing’s high-tech Dreamliner. Although LOT suffered greatly when the aircraft was grounded literally while its inaugural flight was in the air.
My trip started in Kraków a bit earlier in the day and, after a short, 45-minute flight, I arrived at Warsaw Chopin. The airport itself is modern and airy, with excellent signage, a surfeit of shops and places to eat, and many windows through which to photograph aircraft.
I soon found myself in LOT’s comfortable and elegantly appointed, enjoying a glass of Žywiec beer. The lounge provides Wi-Fi throughout at no charge and also offers iPads to guests who want to catch up on the latest editions of international newspapers. It has all manner of seating, and two large and well-appointed bath rooms with showers.
I was originally booked on LOT’s inaugural Dreamliner flight from Chicago to Warsaw but its grounding left me sitting at the gate.. This time, roughly eight months later, I finally made it and journeyed to Warsaw and Kraków.
The boarding time for my return flight was delayed several times, giving me time to enjoy the lounge and another Žywiec beer. Despite the delays, we did push back close to scheduled departure time.
LOT boards Elite Club and then Premium Club passengers before all others. Flight attendants in the aisle offered a choice of sparkling wine, water, or juice as a pre-departure beverage.
In the forward cabin, LOT’s long-haul Dreamliners feature Elite Club seating in a 2-2-2 configuration. Each seat is 23” wide and the pitch is 78”. An ottoman that becomes part of the bed is at each seat. The seat’s bed position is a true 180° lie-flat bed and passengers can adjust the four-way lumbar support and move the seat forward and backward, all with just the push of a button on an electronic touchpad.
Lighting is fully adjustable. In addition to an overhead light, there a small LED reading lamp, that I found very useful. Each seat also has a USB port, which can be used to charge a smartphone or the like, and an AC power outlet that accepts U.S. and European plugs. The USB port can also be used to download information and images from LOT.
At my seat, 2F, a very large, fluffy blanket, a soft pillow, and a very attractive amenity kit that contained a toothbrush and toothpaste, eyeshade, socks, and earplugs. all awaited.