Boeing 787-8. 2013.

Kraków 2013-11-15

Boeing B-787 in Poland.

The history of the first year of operation at PLL LOT.

The fact that the national carrier, PLL LOT, is still functioning is a miracle. That it has not yet been sold to Germany by the liberal-masonic government of the Republic of Poland, Prime Minister Donald Tusk, is at least strange. The network of long-haul connections of PLL LOT is residual. We basically only fly around Europe and only three connections to North America to New York, Chicago and Toronto remain. All only from Warsaw. One connection to Beijing. And a new "attraction" - charter flights to Ethiopia, torn by war.

PLL LOT connections network from the carrier's official website. October 2013. Photo by Karol Placha Hetman
PLL LOT connections network from the carrier's official website. October 2013. Photo by Karol Placha Hetman

Before the delivery of the B 787 planes, the heads of LOT Polish Airlines stated that the leasing expenses would be more than paid back, as the greater capacity and different seat distribution in the new planes would allow LOT to earn more.

15/11/2012. SP-LRA.

On November 15, 2012 (Thursday), PLL LOT became the first European owner of B 787 aircraft and one of the first in the world. LOT Polish Airlines became the owner of the B 787 a year after the first user, which was the Japanese ANA airlines. The first Polish Dreamliner B 787-8 No. 061/35938, in the B 787-85D variant, received the SP-LRA registration.

Arrangement of passenger seats;

  • business class (BC) - 18 seats in a 2-2-2 seat configuration
  • premium class (PEC) - 21 seats in a 2-3-2 seat configuration
  • economy class (EC) - 213 seats in the 3-3-3 seat configuration

Two tendencies could be noticed in the Polish-language media. The first was the support of the undisguised admiration of Polish society for the new aviation technology. On the other hand, looking for any disadvantages of the new plane, especially its minor faults, which were blown to the size of a national disaster.

In the first weeks of B 787 presence in the Republic of Poland (23/11/2012 - 13/12/2012) training flights were performed. The most difficult approach to landing in commercial aviation, the landing itself and the touch and go maneuver were practiced. The airports were airports; Okęcie, Bydgoszcz-Szwedowo, Rzeszów-Jasionka, Wrocław-Strachowice, Kraków-Balice. Due to the weather, the schedule was changing. Due to the great interest of aviation enthusiasts, individual airports previously informed about the arrival of the B 787. In Krakow, the plane was supposed to arrive in days; 28/11/2012, 7/12/2012 and on December 8, 2012. On November 23, 2012, B 787 was in Gdańsk, on November 24, 2012, in Wrocław. Also in Bydgoszcz and Krakow. It was a time when Boeing had already delivered 40 B 787 aircraft.

At the time of the arrival of the first B 787 to Poland, the heads of LOT Polish Airlines talked about the good condition of the company. A month passed and in mid-December 2012, the management board of the carrier, due to the company's difficult financial condition, applied to the Minister of the Treasury for aid in the amount of PLN 400 million in the first tranche. The Ministry of Treasury informed that it was preparing to grant public aid to the company. The application was positively assessed and the money was paid out. Now, the public is waiting for the European Union to find this loan inconsistent with EU law and demand the sale of LOT Polish Airlines to Germany.

December 21, 2012. SP-LRB.

On December 21, 2012, a second B 787-85D No. 78/37894 aircraft, registered as SP-LRB, arrived in Poland. The machine made its first flight on December 1, 2012. The machine for a flight to Poland took off at 05:40 Polish time from Paine Field airport, and landed at 15:30 at Okęcie Airport. The aircraft was included in the crew training cycle.

In the following months, they sold more Boeing B-787 planes.

B 787 SP-LRB Balice Airport, 7.01.2013. Photo by Karol Placha Hetman
B 787 SP-LRB Balice Airport, 7.01.2013. Photo by Karol Placha Hetman

B 787 SP-LRB during training at Balice Airport. January 7, 2013. Photo by Karol Placha Hetman
B 787 SP-LRB during training at Balice Airport. January 7, 2013. Photo by Karol Placha Hetman

Written by Karol Placha Hetman