LOT Polish Airlines has announced it will introduce the Boeing 787 Dreamliner on to its Chicago-Warsaw route in January 2013.
The airline’s CEO, Marcin Pirog, announced the Boeing 787 route selection at a press briefing held in Chicago on March 28. It was Pirog’s first trip to the U.S. since becoming LOT’s CEO and he selected Chicago because it has the largest Polish population outside Poland.
From Chicago, LOT Polish Airlines currently operates seven flights per week to Warsaw with Boeing 767-300ERs and the carrier will increase its Chicago-Warsaw service to nine flights a week in June, for the peak summer period. LOT also began an all-cargo flight between Chicago O’Hare International Airport and the Polish city of Katowice in mid-February.
Pirog said LOT would install a new aircraft interior design in its Boeing 787s. In April, the carrier plans to introduce new inflight menus, along with a new selection of beverages, new on-board equipment, new toys for children and other amenities.
According to LOT, its new interior design will be modern and trendy, yet will remain an ethnic design inspired by the tradition and symbols of Poland.
“Chicago was selected for the all-cargo service because it’s the top destination where cargo is transported to and from Poland,” said Pirog. “Nearly 70 per cent of air freight from Poland to Chicago is transported by LOT. The cargo flight is operated as a wet lease with Cargo Jet twice a week with a B[oeing] 767-200.”
LOT Polish Airlines has been connecting Poland with the rest of the world since 1929. Today, LOT’s fleet of 39 aircraft serves more than 50 destinations across Europe, the Middle East, Asia and North America.
The airline has been a member of the Star Alliance since 2003. Star Alliance serves 1,160 airports in 181 countries across the globe.
LOT plans to expand its network after it takes delivery of its first Boeing 787 in the fall of 2012, positioning itself for long-haul route growth.