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Affordable Business Travel: LOT offers new travelling options with its Boeing 787 Dreamliner
...Part of a strategy to transform LOT into the airline of choice for business and leisure travellers around the globe.

When LOT 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 fateful night.
Boeing 787 Dreamliner

However all’s 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 price point.
• 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 the globe."

The new LOT in-flight experience

The 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.
LOT Polish Airlines flight crew

Premium Class 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.

The Dreamliner 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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