320a Section 2012-11-15.
Boeing B.787 Dreamliner in Poland.
Boeing B.787-8 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. The plane received registration SP-LRA. The plane was flown on October 18, 2012 with registration N1026G.
Boeing B.787-8 Dreamliner SP-LRA, No. 61/35938. Flown with registration N1026G on October 18, 2012. Delivered November 2012, flight November 14-15, 2012. Configuration of the BC-18, PEC-21, EC-213 seats. 2 x RR Trent 1000 TEN engines. The national carrier PLL LOT leases a new Dreamliner from ACG.
The plane flew to Addis Ababa (Ethiopia) to modify the batteries.
In November 2015, the machine underwent the first C-Check (C-Check) in Europe performed by LOT AMS Aircraft Maintenance Services. The inspection took about three weeks. It was the first such survey carried out in Europe. During this inspection, the plating of the aircraft fuselage was damaged. The technicians left a ladder down the fuselage. While refueling the plane, the machine settled down and touched the ladder, which damaged the skin of the plane. The repairs were made by technicians from Boeing and LOT AMS. The plane resumed its flight.
On November 30, 2015, the SP-LRA plane was flying from Warsaw to New York. Cruise LO 26. The plane returned twice from the RWY threshold to the Gate, because there was a problem with the brake of wheel No. 8 (on the right side of the plane). The technicians replaced the electronic module and the plane made the cruise. The delay was 3 hours.
Boeing B.787-8 SP-LRB.
Second B 787-85D No. 78/37894 registration SP-LRB. Delivered on December 21, 2012 to Warsaw. The machine with registration numbers SP-LRB took off on Friday at 05:40 Polish time from the Paine Field airport in the USA. It landed around 3:30 pm at Okęcie. The plane was flown on December 1, 2012. Unfortunately, a global problem with igniting batteries (see separate article) brought Dreamliner into service in the spring of 2013.
Boeing B.787-8 Dreamliner SP-LRB, No. 78/37895. Maid with registration N1030G on December 1, 2012. Delivered December 2012, flight 20-21 December 2012. Configuration of the BC-18, PEC-21, EC-213 seats. 2 x RR Trent 1000 TEN engines. The SP-LRB aircraft was directed to Addis Ababa (Ethiopia), where it underwent the famous modification of the batteries. The plane returned to Poland on May 25, 2013.
Boeing B.787-8 SP-LRC.
Third B 787-85D No. 86/35940 registration SP-LRC. Delivered on May 17, 2013. LOT Polish Airlines picked up the third B787 Dreamliner on Wednesday (May 15, 2013). On May 17, 2013, in the morning, the plane departed from the Everett factory. The cruise was marked as LO9787. In Poland, the machine landed around 4:30 pm. The first flight on March 25, 2013, the plane made immediately with new batteries. The machine was used to test new batteries.
Boeing B.787-8 Dreamliner SP-LRC, No. 86/35940. Flown with registration N1791B on January 13, 2013. Delivered May 2013, flight May 16-17, 2013. Configuration of the BC-18, PEC-21, EC-213 seats. 2 x RR Trent 1000 TEN engines. After the flight, this plane remained in Everett to modify the batteries, therefore the delivery took place in May 2013.
On August 6, 2017, while the plane was in Canada, Toronto-Pearson International Airport was damaged by another plane's standing wing. The circumstances of the event. After the flight, the Air Canada Rouge AC1713, Boeing 767-300ER (C-FMWP), taxied to gate 181 at Terminal No. 1. Then the left wing caught the right wing of the Boeing B.787-8 Dreamliner SP-LRC, which stood in gate 180 at Terminal 1 and was getting ready for a flight to Warsaw, as a flight LO46. There was already passenger bording going on. The mistake was made by the airport staff, which directed the B.767 plane to the gate 181, which is intended only for narrow-body aircraft, such as Airbus A319, A320, A321. The B.767 aircraft was quickly repaired and returned to flight on August 7, 2017. On the other hand, the B.787-8 SP-LRC was repaired by technicians from Boeing and only on August 22, 2017, and returned with passengers to Warsaw.
Boeing B.787-8 SP-LRD.
Fourth B 787-85D No. 87/35941 registration SP-LRD. Delivered on June 22, 2013. First flight June 4, 2013, delivery flight June 21-22, 2013. The SP-LRD airplane was grounded for some time due to failures of the R-R engines. The problems with the Rolls-Royce Trent 1000 engines were global and consist in earlier than expected by the manufacturer the wear of the engine blades. This problem has affected over a dozen airlines in the world and several dozen machines.
Boeing B.787-8 Dreamliner SP-LRD, No. 87/35941. Flown with registration N1792B on June 4, 2013. Delivered June 2013, flight June 21-22, 2013. Configuration of the BC-18, PEC-21, EC-213 seats. 2 x RR Trent 1000 TEN engines.
Since the LOT Polish Airlines company was poorly managed, there were no routes that could be served for the aircraft. It was decided to exhibit the machine for the services of other airlines. Such a contract was concluded with the carrier Finnair (Finland) for a hot period of transport at the turn of December 2013 and January 2014. The B.787-8 SP-LRD aircraft was rented in the ACMI (wet-lease) formula, i.e. providing Polish crews on board and technical service. The plane was flying between Helsinki and New York (JFK).
Boeing B.787-8 SP-LRE.
Fifth B 787-85D No.88 / 35939 registration SP-LRE. Delivered on July 30, 2013. First flight July 15, 2013. Pickup in the US on July 29, 2013. At 20:40 Polish time, the plane departed from the factory in Everett. The cruise was marked as LO9787. In Poland, the machine landed on July 30, 2013, around 05:30. The SP-LRE plane, as it turned out, received Rolls Royce engines from a faulty production series. The problem was global and affected several Dreamliners around the world. Fortunately, the SP-LRE was repaired relatively quickly by replacing the engines. The previous engines were left at the Derby factory for comprehensive repair. All repairs were made at the expense of Rolls Royce. The manufacturer himself reported that work on one engine lasted up to 40 days. The engines that turned out to be failures came from the so-called C Package. They received blades which were wearing out much faster than assumed by the manufacturer. June 2018 was particularly difficult for carriers, when the most failures occurred. In total, around 45 Dreamliners have been grounded in the world.
LOT Polish Airlines, wanting to provide full service of the routes, decided to lease the Boeing 787-9 from the Neos airlines, which flew on the routes to / from New York JFK and Newark. In addition, PLL LOT used Boeing 737-500 of the Romanian Blue Air.
Boeing B.787-8 SP-LRF.
Sixth Boeing 787-8 Dreamliner registration SP-LRF TYPE CODE B788 MODE S 48AE05. It is the 161 Dreamliner, No. 161 / MSN 35942. The plane was named after Franek. Delivered April 2014. In the period April 2015 - April 2016, the aircraft was leased to Air Europa (Spain).
Boeing B.787-8 Dreamliner SP-LRF, No. 161/35942. Flown with registration N1811B on March 10, 2014. Delivered April 2014, flight April 30 - May 1, 2014. Configuration of the BC-18, PEC-21, EC-213 seats. 2 x RR Trent 1000 TEN engines.
The plane in Poland on May 2, 2014 received the proper name Franek from the letter F in registration. The name was chosen by passengers in an online competition held in March 2014. There were approximately 1,300 reports. The lucky winner was Ms. Katarzyna Wąchała from Warsaw, who as a reward flew to visit the Boeing factory in Everett near Seattle, and then returned to Poland on board her "child". Thus, she became the first passenger in the first long-haul flight of the youngest aircraft in the LOT fleet to Warsaw. "The registration number of this aircraft is SP-LRF, so: first - F for Franek, second - F is the 6th letter of the alphabet and 6 Dreamliner in the LOT Polish Airlines fleet, third - Franek, is a Polish, timeless name, fourth - Franciszek , it is also the name of two aces of space: Franciszek Peter and Franciszek Jach, and fifthly - it is also the name of Franciszek Żwirko "- Katarzyna wrote in the justification. As in the case of the SP-LRD aircraft, the machine was exposed to the services of other carriers. The aircraft was leased by Air Europa (a Spanish company founded in 1986). The lease ran from April 2015 to April 2016. After this time, the plane returned to the LOT Polish Airlines routes.
At the beginning of September 2018, it turned out that there was a problem with the engines and the plane was grounded for several months, waiting for new engines. The situation was made more difficult by the fact that the problem was global in nature, i.e. that due to faults of Rolls-Royce engines, several dozen Dreamliners of various airlines were shut down in the world. Repairs and replacement of engines were carried out at the expense of the manufacturer. He was also supposed to compensate the carriers for the time the planes were grounded. Rolls-Royce estimated that in 2018 it spent £ 440 million on the repair and replacement program for defective Trent 1000 engines. The SP-LRF plane was operating from Budapest to New York and Chicago. On this route, it was replaced by the EuroAtlantic Boeing 767, which flew for the first time on September 6, 2018.
Boeing B.787-8 SP-LRG.
Seventh Boeing 787-85D Dreamliner, registration SP-LRG. Manufacturing Number (MSN) 35944. This is the 568 Dreamliner plane. Delivered to Warsaw on June 9, 2017. The plane was flown on May 23, 2017. It has a C18, W21, Y213 seat configuration.
Boeing B.787-8 Dreamliner SP-LRG, No. 568/35944. Flown with registration N1955B on May 23, 2017. Delivered June 2017, Flight 9-10 June 2017. Configuration of the BC-18, PEC-21, EC-213 seats. 2 x RR Trent 1000 TEN engines.
The flight to Poland took 9 hours 45 minutes. The landing at Okęcie Airport took place around 11:00. In Poland, the plane was renamed Grażyna, i.e. Cichociemni - paratroopers of the Home Army. A sign of the Home Army paratroopers was stuck on both sides of the fuselage. The SP-LRG plane flew to Toronto on its first flight. Thanks to the seventh B.787-8 in the colors of PLL LOT, it was possible to launch a permanent connection between Krakow and Chicago, and it was possible to return the leased Boeing 767-300ER from EuroAtlantic Airways, which was used to service the connection from Warsaw to Newark.
Boeing B.787-8 SP-LRH.
Eighth Boeing 787-85D Dreamliner, registration SP-LRH. Manufacturing Number (MSN) 35943. This is the 583 Dreamliner. Delivered to Warsaw on July 15, 2017, around 09:00. The plane was flown on May 25, 2017. It has a C18, W21, Y213 seat layout. An inscription in English "Proud to fly the Polish Olympic Team" was painted on the fuselage. The plane received an installation for Internet transmission, although Wi-Fi service was not available initially. The fact that the aircraft has such an installation is evidenced by a small dome placed on the top of the fuselage. The SP-LRH airplane was grounded for some time due to failures of the R-R engines.
On July 14, 2017, LOT Polish Airlines picked up the eighth and last of the ordered Boeing 787-8 Dreamliners in the USA. Mr. Monty Oliver, vice president of sales for Europe at Boeing Commercial Airplanes, said that the Polish carrier is an important partner for Boeing. - “We have a special relationship with LOT. Already in November 2017, the line will receive a narrow-body aircraft of the latest generation straight from our factory, the Boeing 737 MAX. " Mr. Monty Oliver added.
The flight of the Boeing 787-8 Dreamliner SP-LRH from Everett to Warsaw lasted 9 hours and 15 minutes. He was greeted with a water salute at the Okęcie Airport. The B.787-8 SP-LRH was initially intended for flights to Seoul, Tokyo and New York.
Boeing B.787-8 Dreamliner SP-LRH, No. 583/35943. Flown with registration N1955B on June 28, 2017. Delivered July 2017, flight 14-15 July 2017. Configuration of the BC-18, PEC-21, EC-213 seats. 2 x RR Trent 1000 TEN engines.
Compared to the previous B.787-8 aircraft in the colors of PLL LOT, this copy has received an installation that will enable the launch of the Internet via Wi-Fi for passengers in the future. The distinguishing feature of this installation is an additional element (antenna) on the fuselage. However, for the time being, LOT Polish Airlines will not offer this service to passengers. On July 15, 2017, at 9:00 a.m., the SP-LRH plane landed at Okęcie Airport.
Boeing B.787-9 SP-LSA.
The ninth Boeing is the first version of the 787-9 with an extended fuselage. Delivered to Warsaw on March 22, 2018, around 09:00. The plane received SP-LSA registrations. Factory number 38083. LN-678 series, which is the 678 Dreamliner. It was first flown on March 15, 2018. Powered by 2 x RR Trent 1000 engines. C24, W21, Y249 seating configuration, which means that it takes 294 passengers on board. The plane also has the greatest range. He made his first commercial flight in March 2018, flying to Toronto. The SP-LSA aircraft was grounded for some time due to failures of the R-R engines.
Boeing B.787-9 Dreamliner SP-LSA, No. 583/35943. Flown with registration N1995B on March 8, 2018. Delivered March 2018, flight 22-23 March 2018. Configuration of the BC-24, PEC-21, EC-249 seats. 2 x RR Trent 1000 TEN engines. The plane landed at the Okęcie airport on March 23, 2018 at 9:00. He made his first flight with passengers to Toronto on March 28, 2018. In March 2018, LOT Polish Airlines served 95 permanent routes, it had 51 aircraft, including 8 B.787 aircraft.
It is worth mentioning that the registrations from SP-LSA to SP-LSK were carried by the Il-18 planes used in LOT Polish Airlines. There were 10 Ił-18 planes in the W and E versions, operated in the period from 1961 to 1990.
Boeing B.787-9 SP-LSB.
Tenth Boeing B.787-9 registration SP-LSB. Delivered on May 5, 2018 at approximately 11:00 AM. The flight was performed on April 23, 2018. This is the 694 Dreamliner. Factory number 38084.
Boeing B.787-9 SP-LSC.
Eleventh Boeing B.787-9 registration SP-LSC. This is the 710 Dreamliner. Manufacturing number (MSN) 39293. Flight on June 14, 2018. Delivered to Warsaw on June 27, 2018. The plane received the original painting on the occasion of the 100th anniversary of Poland regaining independence.
Boeing B.787-9 SP-LSD.
Twelfth Boeing B.787-9 registration SP-LSD. Fourth version -9. MSN 38087. It arrived in Warsaw on 2019-02-07 at 07:00.
Boeing B.787-9 SP-LSE.
Thirteenth Boeing B.787-9 registration SP-LSE. The fifth version -9. No. 843 MSN 62173. It flew to Warsaw on May 2, 2019.
Boeing B.787-9 SP-LSF.
The fourteenth Boeing B-787-9 registration SP-LSF, designated LN855 / ZB750. Sixth version -9. The first B.787 aircraft at LOT Polish Airlines built at the North Charleston factory. He flew to Warsaw on 6/6/2019. The aircraft is leased from CIT Leasing, which belongs to the Irish lessor Avolon Aerospace. As a curiosity, it is worth adding that the Iliuszyn Ił-18 registration was used by LOT Polish Airlines in the years 1965-1991. The aircraft remains active in the S Group International (EX-601) line until now.
Boeing B.787-9 SP-LSG.
The fifteenth Boeing B-787-9 registration SP-LSG, and the seventh -9, arrived in Poland in the fall of 2019. In 2019, LOT Polish Airlines had 7 Boeing 787-9 Dreamliners at its disposal.
In 2021, the "Chinese virus" pandemic prevented LOT Polish Airlines from collecting two B.787 aircraft. The manufacturer has left these aircraft in a "parking lot" in the Mojave Desert. These are SP-LSH and SP-LSI planes.
Written by Karol Placha Hetman