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First Boeing 787 Dreamliner for LOT
Thursday 15th November 2012 at 14:52
LOT Polish Airlines today celebrated the delivery of the airline's first Boeing 787 Dreamliner SP-LRA. The Polish carrier is the first European airline to take delivery of the 787.
Senior LOT and Boeing executives, as well as Polish and US government officials, celebrated the historic delivery.
LOT Polish Airlines
"This is a historic moment for LOT," said Marcin Pirog, chief executive officer of LOT. "I am convinced that the addition of the Dreamliner to the fleet of one of the world's oldest airlines is a crucial moment that will launch a new era of European aviation. I believe it is also the beginning of an exciting journey for LOT with the most modern passenger airplane in the world."
LOT will operate the Boeing 787 on short-haul flights across Europe in December, and will introduce the Dreamliner on its long-haul passenger service from Warsaw to Chicago in January 2013. LOT will also use the 787 to operate routes from Warsaw to New York, Toronto and Beijing.
Boeing 787 Dreamliner
"Today's 787 delivery represents a very significant milestone in the partnership between Boeing and LOT Polish Airlines," said Ray Conner, president and CEO of Boeing Commercial Airplanes. "As LOT becomes the first European airline to operate the 787, this delivery marks the next chapter in history for both LOT and the European aviation industry."
The 787 Dreamliner is composed of light-weight composites and features numerous systems, engine and aerodynamic advancements, making it more efficient to operate compared with its competition. It is the first mid-sized airplane capable of flying long-range routes, providing airlines with unprecedented fuel economy and low operating costs and enabling airlines to open new, non-stop routes preferred by passengers.
This delivery is the first of eight Dreamliners that LOT has on order. The cabin is configured with 18 Elite Club seats (Business Class), 21 PremiumClub seats (Premium Economy) and 213 seats in Economy Class. Customers will experience unparalleled levels of comfort with the 787's improved lighting, bigger windows, larger overhead bins, lower cabin altitude and enhanced ventilation systems, among other features.
LOT's first Dreamliner landed at Warsaw Airport onThursday 15th November where LOT will celebrate the 787's arrival into its fleet with a reception led by the airline and Poland's prime minister Donald Tusk.
Report by Derek Pedley