Business Travel: LOT
offers new travelling options with its Boeing 787
of a strategy to transform LOT into the airline of
choice for business and leisure travellers around
Polish Airlines CEO Sebastian Mikosz visited Chicago
in May 2014, Boeing was counting on his courage and
faith to make LOT a Boeing 787 Dreamliner pioneer
in Europe. It was a lot to ask of the LOT CEO especially
as on the very night that the airline was to inaugurate
its Dreamliner service between Chicago O’Hare
Airport and Warsaw in January 2013; the Federal Aviation
Administration famously grounded the plane because
of concerns about the lithium-ion batteries on board.
LOT's new Dreamliner never took off for Warsaw that
well between LOT and Boeing because Mikosz, the former Paris-based
Arthur Anderson executive, has faith and has steered LOT
through the stigma of being an “Eastern European”
carrier to making it the first all-European airline to fly
the Boeing 787 Dreamliner. The airline ordered 8 aircrafts
and now operates 6 of them.
The airline and certainly
Boeing have raised their game with a configuration of 252
seats; 18 seats in LOT Business Class, 21 in LOT Premium
Class and 213 in LOT Economy Class, as well as introduced
two new affordable classes on its routes:
• LOT Economy Plus
is a premium travel option which provides passengers with
the amenities of business class travel at an economy plus
• LOT Economy Simple offers passengers increased flexibility
to customize their flight experiences and reduce their overall
fares by 30 percent of the standard LOT Economy rate.
These new options will
complement the airline’s Business Class also known
as the Elite Club which offers passengers 18 flat beds that
can be curtained off from neighbouring seats.
Mikosz says that "these
new offerings will provide customers with a higher level
of comfort and a broader range of affordable travel options.
They are part of our strategy to transform LOT into the
airline of choice for business and leisure travellers around
new LOT in-flight experience
premium compartment benefits from an in-flight waiting
service. All meals, from appetizers to desserts, are
served on table linen. Busy travellers can opt for
a fast service where selected menu items are served
on a single tray. Individual service, where meals
are served at times that suit the passenger, is another
option. You will find blankets, cushions, a toiletry
set and noise-reducing headsets on your seat. Passengers
after comfort at a reasonable price will appreciate
the amenities of a LOT Premium Class cabin.
passengers will be allowed to take twice as much registered
luggage as economy class passengers and will be able to
use Business class check-ins. Everyone has a 12.4”
(31.5 cm) touchscreen, and access to a USB port and an electric
socket. Every seat comes with an adjustable head rest and
a retractable footrest. Passengers will also be provided
with a cushion, a blanket, and noise-cancelling headphones.
Every LOT Economy Class seat reclines and has an adjustable
head rest. There are 8.9” (22.6 cm) personal touch
screen entertainment systems, headsets, an electric socket
and a USB port. As part of the in-flight service, passengers
can choose from traditional, vegetarian, and special meals
that meet various religious requirements, plus a wide range
of beverages, including alcoholic ones, such as beer, wine
and whisky. There is a special children’s menu featuring
meals served in colourful packaging.
is said to be user-friendly to people with disabilities.
Premium Class and Economy Class seats are more accessible
thanks to special movable armrests. Toilets have interior
handles to make them more accessible to passengers with
limited mobility. The lavatory in the central section of
the fuselage will be accessible to wheelchairs, which are
part of the of the aircraft’s standard equipment.
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