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Boeing-787 Dreamliner in Poland.

B.787-8 SP-LRB. 2013 year. Photo by Karol Placha Hetman
B.787-8 SP-LRB. 2013 year. Photo by Karol Placha Hetman

The Dreamliner is a plane that introduced LOT Polish Airlines into a new era. Elegant, comfortable and modern machines have proudly replaced the successful Boeing B.767 planes. The B-787 also lowered the cost of long haul operations, and also attracted new passengers. This was the "Dreamliner Effect".

In 2006, a contract was signed for the acquisition of 8 B 787-8 machines with the possibility of extending the order by another 6 machines in the B 787-8 / -9 versions. There are three classes of planes ordered by LOT Polish Airlines; premium 18-seater (with fully reclining seats), premium economy 21-seats (reclining), economy class with 213 seats. Total 252 places. The cost of purchasing one copy is a trade secret, but this sum has certainly come close to $ 200 million.

Boeing B.787 aircraft are manufactured in Everett with a second production line in operation in North Charleston, South Carolina. The first roll-out took place on 4/26/2012.

B-787 SP-LSC. 2018 year. Photo by PLL LOT
B-787 SP-LSC. 2018 year. Photo by PLL LOT

Boeing B.787-9. 2013 year.

On August 24, 2013, the Boeing concern presented the first copy of the new version, designated B 787-9. It was a roll out of a larger version. The hull is 20 feet longer, which translates into 40 more passenger seats. The machine also has a greater range, by 300 NM. The first aircraft of this version was delivered to Air New Zealand in mid-2014. On September 2, 2013 (Tuesday), the B 787-9 prototype made its first flight. The flight took 5 hours and 16 minutes.

The flight of the B 787-9 prototype on 2 September 2013. Photo of Boeing
The flight of the B 787-9 prototype on 2 September 2013. Photo of Boeing

The flight of the B 787-9 prototype on 2 September 2013. Photo of Boeing
The flight of the B 787-9 prototype on 2 September 2013. Photo of Boeing

On 09/18/2013, in Seattle, Boeing and the leasing airline Air Lease Corporation announced that an order had been placed for 3 B 787-9 and 30 B 787-10 aircraft. In this way, the information from Air Show Paris 2013 in June 2013 was confirmed that Boeing would implement further versions of the B 787. The new B 787-10 will carry 300-330 passengers over a distance of 7,000 NM (12,964 km), providing 25 percent more fuel economy.

New Boeing B.787-9 for PLL LOT.

When Freemasonry and leftism lost power in the Republic of Poland, there were also changes in the management board of LOT Polish Airlines. Our national carrier began to regain its rightful position. The company gradually became profitable. The planes owned by the company began to carry passengers, so it quickly turned out that more machines should be ordered. It was decided to add another four (4) B.787 to the eight (8) Boeing 787-8 Dreamliners, this time in the larger version of the Boeing 787-9. While 30 years ago, the Boeing B.767-300 could take a maximum of 269 passengers, the Boeing 787-9 could take a maximum of 294 passengers. This makes the Boeing 787-9 the largest aircraft in the history of PLL LOT.

In 2016, LOT Polish Airlines carried 5.3 million passengers, and in 2017 it already carried 6.8 million passengers, i.e. almost 1.5 million more. During that time, the carrier received four new planes from the Boeing concern: two B.787 Dreamliners and two B.737 MAX 8s. There were plans to acquire another B.787, three B.737 MAX 8 and six Embraer 195. The option included another four (4) B.787 airplanes.

So far, all Dreamliners for the Polish carrier have been manufactured in Everett in the USA. Everett is located north of Seattle, Washington. The planes were delivered non-stop from the company's Paine Field airport in Everett to the Okęcie airport in Warsaw. Flight time approximately 9-9.5 hours.

ACG.

Our national carrier leases new Dreamliners from ACG under an operating lease. Aviation Capital Group (ACG) is a private, indirect subsidiary of Pacific Life Insurance Company. He deals with the operational leasing of aircraft. The company is profitable and has strong relationships between aircraft manufacturers and airlines. It manages over 430 turbojet airplanes leased by 95 carriers in 45 countries. He also manages the assets of companies as part of the Asset Management service. ACG has been in the market since 1990. The company's headquarters are in Newport Center Drive, Suite 300 Newport Beach, CA 92660, (California) USA. In addition, it has six regional centers: Beijing (China), Dublin (Ireland), Santiago (Chile), Seattle (USA), Shanghai (China), Singapore (Republic of Singapore).

Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner SP-LSA.

The Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner is nearly 63 meters long, which is more than six meters longer than the Boeing 787-8 Dreamliner. This was achieved by inserting additional fuselage segments. In addition, the B.787-9 aircraft has enlarged internal tanks. This gives it a range of 13,350 km. This is 700 km more than the B.787-8.

Both versions of the B.787 aircraft for PLL LOT received the same Rolls-Royce Trent 1000 TEN engines and can be exchanged between machines. As the B.787-9 takes more passengers on board, the fuel consumption per passenger should be lower, so the machine should be more economical.

It is worth adding that the B.787-9 is a medium-sized aircraft in the family. The Boeing concern already has the largest model, designated B.787-10. B.787-10 planes are already delivered to users from March 2018. It is 11.5 meters longer than the smallest Dreamliners. While the smallest in a three-class cabin can accommodate 242 passengers, the largest Dreamliner over 300. The difference is even greater if the carrier chooses a single-class arrangement. Then the plane can take up to 440 passengers. However, the consequence of a longer fuselage is a shorter range of the aircraft by more than 1 700 km than in the case of the Polish B.787-8.

The official handover of the Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner took place in Everett. On March 22, 2018, the President of PLL LOT, Rafał Milczarski, officially received the Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner SP-LSA plane in the concern's supply center. The Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner SP-LSA plane took off on March 22, 2018 for a flight to the Republic of Poland and landed in Warsaw after 9 hours and 30 minutes. The Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner SP-LSA plane landed at Okęcie Airport at 09:00 on March 23, 2018. The Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner made its first flights to Toronto, Canada, and Chicago, USA. More Boeing 787-9 Dreamliners will start operating routes to New York and Seoul in South Korea.

The B.787-9 PLL LOT plane takes 294 passengers on board in the following cabins:

  • business class (BC) - 24 seats in a 2-2-2 seat configuration.
  • premium class (PEC) - 21 seats in a 2-3-2 seat configuration.
  • economy class (EC) - 249 seats in a 3-3-3 seat configuration.

B.787-9 in business class (BC), as in the shorter B.787-8, the seats are arranged in a 2-2-2 arrangement and unfold to a horizontal position, flat bed. Such a bed is 1.90 m long and 0.54 m wide and allows you to sleep comfortably. The seats are set parallel to the axis of the cabin, without twisting to the side, as is the case with other carriers. Twisting allows for greater density of the seats. This class has a full restaurant service. The dishes are served on porcelain dishes, not in polystyrene trays. The menu includes a large selection of wines, also Polish.

In total, the Polish B.787-9 has 42 places more than in the B.787-8 version. In the economy class (EC) B.787-9, the distance between the rows of seats is 4 inches longer than in the B.787-8, which increases the comfort of travel. It is 42 in instead of 38 in. The new-generation Zodiac Z300 seats were installed in the Economy Class (EC), with larger 10.6-inch in-flight entertainment screens that can be reclined 5 degrees. It's not much, but it's always something. Additionally, the seats have headrests adjustable in height in six positions. Each of the seats on board, regardless of the class of travel, has been equipped with individual screens of the IFE entertainment system, a network socket and a USB port.

If we are in the classes used on board Dreamliner planes, the Boeing concern offers an even higher class than the business class. It is a class where the passenger has a private lounge at his disposal. This class is offered, for example, by British Airways Dreamliner planes. The comfort of this class is primarily a luxurious service at every stage of the journey, from the moment of booking to the destination. Passengers of this class are served individually. Their service takes place outside the regular terminal. They are driven to the plane in limousines. On board the plane, starting from their own lounge, they have excellent cuisine (if English cuisine can be tasty), the possibility of bathing during the flight, access to cosmetics from reputable companies and full discretion - whatever that means.

In the Polish B.787-9, there is an additional toilet in the premium class (PEC). The pressure maintenance and air conditioning system is more efficient due to the larger cabin volume in the plane. The luggage compartment is larger and has a volume of 140 cubic meters compared to 115 cubic meters in the B.787-8.

The Polish B.787-9 has an electrical installation that will enable the launch of the Internet available to passengers on board. The B.787-8 SP-LRH also received such an installation for receiving the Internet. There is more entertainment on board the B.787-9.

As B.787 planes are the quietest in the world, it is profitable to fly them on the route Warsaw - London Heathrow, because airport charges for high noise emissions are very high there. This is an order of magnitude of around 20% of airport charges.

LOT Polish Airlines is the first airline in the world in which long-haul flights are based solely on Boeing B.787 Dreamliner aircraft, so it is one of the most modern carriers around the globe.

A few years ago, the Hungarian national airline Malew collapsed and Hungary was left with only the low-cost carrier Wizzar. As Polish-Hungarian relations are very good at the moment, as a result of bilateral talks, LOT Polish Airlines started transporting passengers from Budapest over the Great Water. Currently (April 2018), a permanent base for servicing PLL LOT Boeing 787 Dreamliner aircraft has been established in Budapest.

According to the calendar, the Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner SP-LSB is to be delivered in April 2018, the Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner SP-LSC in June 2018, and the Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner SP-LSD in January 2019.

Production of the B.787 Dreamliner.

The Boeing production hall in Everett, where commercial aircraft B.747-8, B.767 (last copies), B.777 and B.787 are assembled, is currently the world's largest industrial facility, both in terms of area and volume. The facility was built in 1969, especially for Boeing B.747 aircraft. It is expanded every now and then. The first major expansion took place in 1980 for the production of B.767 aircraft, and then in 1993 for the production of B.777 aircraft. Currently, it covers an area of ​​398,000 square meters, or almost 40 hectares. It is the height of a 9-story apartment block.

Production of the B.787 Dreamliner continues in Everett and Charlston. The first plant produces around eight planes per month, and around four in Charlston. Final assembly is carried out in both plants, because the essential elements of the aircraft are manufactured in plants scattered all over the world.

The first assembly consists in merging five parts of the fuselage into one body. Then the main assembly begins, which takes place at four subsequent stations. The future plane stays at each station for 3-4 working days. First, the wings and tail are attached to the fuselage. Then the chassis, engine pylons, windows and doors, installations, aggregates, partitions, cockpit equipment, toilets, kitchens, panels on walls and ceilings, floor coverings and armchairs are assembled. The last are the engines. The plane is moved to the next position during the night shift. After 14-16 days, the plane leaves the basic assembly hall and is prepared for the first flight, which takes 2-4 days. The flight is carried out by a Boeing test crew. The flight takes approximately 70-90 minutes. Contrary to the B.737, B.747, B.777 aircraft, the painting of the aircraft is carried out at the beginning, before the fuselage is assembled.

Basically, it may take up to 3 weeks from the completion of assembly to the first flight. The plane is painted with polyurethane paints, which are durable, resistant to abrasion and do not turn yellow. One plane requires 60-70 liters of polyurethane paint. As varnishing is relatively expensive, most of the lines base the color palette on white, adding only lettering and a colored vertical tail. This also has the advantage that when the plane is sold (handed over), the rebranding cost is low. After all certificates of conformity have been issued, the plane is picked up by the carrier after approximately two weeks. Then a check-in flight with the manufacturer and buyer takes place and all documents are signed. It takes about 2-4 business days and the plane departs. As a result, two months pass from fusing the fuselage into one body to handing over the plane to the recipient.

Subjective judgment B.787.

The reluctance of freemasonry and leftism towards everything that is Polish is shocking. The worse it is said and written about Poland, the more they are happy. They hate Poland in their genes. As one of their leaders said - "Polishness is abnormal." That is why the decision-makers who decided to purchase B.787 Dreamliner aircraft for PLL LOT were in turmoil. Journalists did not hesitate to even use the statements - "For PLN 4.8 billion a shoddy was bought". That "The apple of the eye of PLL LOT, a dream plane, is an eternally perishable rubbish." "There is more to the information about the faults of these great machines than the news of the successes."

The Polish-language press demands that these planes break down and burn. This was the case, for example, on July 12, 2013, when it was reported that one B.787 was burning at Heathrow Airport and the other had to turn back from the route. Of course, it was not stated that these were not planes belonging to PLL LOT. An Ethiopian airline plane that burst into flames made a scheduled flight the next day. The airport guard that appeared at the plane was just in case. By the end of 2012, the Boeing concern delivered 49 B.787-8 machines, including 23 machines to companies in Japan.

The fact is that the turn of 2012/2013 was difficult for B.787. The problem was modern lithium-ion batteries, which gave off so much heat that they could catch fire. Boeing successfully dealt with the problem in April 2013. The Boeing concern paid compensation to the companies that suffered losses. However, their size was not given. In any case, the compensations paid did not affect the financial liquidity of the Boeing concern, which in the second quarter of 2013 earned USD 1.09 billion net, which is 13 percent. increase compared to the same period in 2012.

During this period, LOT Polish Airlines already had two B.787-8 planes in its fleet, which had to be grounded. This situation worsened the financial condition of LOT Polish Airlines, which was poorly managed anyway. It was mentioned that the company lost several million zlotys. How the problem between PLL LOT and Boeing was solved remains the secret of the interested parties. According to one of the portals, PLL LOT wanted to obtain compensation in the amount of PLN 90 million, of which PLN 60 million in cash. Payments were to be made in tranches. Some were to be counted towards the next machines. At that time, the list price of the B.787-8 was $ 225-250 million.

The unusual event occurred on October 16, 2013, when a piece of plating fell off the B.787 airframe. The Air India plane was making one of the typical flights. The crew did not receive any information, nor saw any disturbing symptoms. The plane made the voyage safely. After landing, it turned out that a fragment of the plating from the lower part of the airframe between the fuselage and the right wing had fallen off. Its dimensions are approximately 2.50 m x 1.50 m. This element is only a fairing and a cover and does not transmit any forces. It may have fallen off as a result of a ground crew error, who did not fix it properly after the inspection.

On September 26, 2014, the explanations of the spokesman of PLL LOT, Barbara Pijanowska-Kuras, that there had been no fire, proved to be of no use. According to the freemasons, the plane was on fire. The B.787 Dreamliner, on the LO4 flight from Chicago to Warsaw, had to land at the airport in Glasgow. The crew received a signal designated as a "general distress notification". The message generated a fire alarm system. In accordance with the procedure, the aircraft was inspected after landing, which showed that there was no threat. The plane took off and continued its flight to Warsaw safely.

On September 28, 2013, one of the Polish B.787-8s made a flight from Toronto to Warsaw. The transponder refused to work. A device by which an airplane is identified by air traffic control services. Such a malfunction is not a serious problem, unless it is recognized by the air controllers of the passing countries. Norwegian air control refused permission to fly with such a defect. Therefore, the plane had to land in Iceland, Keflavik. Two planes were sent for passengers: B.737 and Embraer 190.

The fact is that the childhood of B.787 was difficult, but not tragic. During all the incidents and failures, no one was injured, much less no one was killed. Boeing's security procedures are very high, and the NTSB is constantly monitoring the development of the program. Let us add that the program is extremely technically advanced. The B.787 is technologically far ahead of all other commercial aircraft. The plane had problems not only with the electrical system (batteries), but also with Rolls-Royce engines, also very technologically advanced. The fans of these motors have blades made not of metal but of composites. There was also a crack in the glass in the cockpit. During the B.787 flight from Tokyo to Matsuyama in January 2013, the crew noticed small, radiant cracks in the cockpit window. The plane belonging to Japanese airlines was grounded after landing in Matsuyama.

On March 24, 2018, the Polish B.787-8 aircraft made a charter flight from Cancun, Mexico to Warsaw. Due to an engine failure signal and associated procedures, the plane landed at New York Airport. The plane landed, assisted by emergency services, at JFK Airport in New York at 3:02 Polish time. Most of the passengers did not have US visas and could not leave the airport, were transferred to another LOT Polish Airlines plane and returned to Warsaw. The plane took off from New York at 5:26 Polish time. Passengers who were scheduled to fly on the plane that took off from New York at 5:26, hotels were provided and took another cruise. Other failures include faults in the brake system, leaks in the fuel system.

The Boeing B.787 is a truly passenger-friendly commercial plane. The manufacturer strove to ensure that even on the non-stop Warsaw - Sydney route, where the journey takes 15-16 hours, the passenger would be as little tired as possible. The solutions used are almost a revolution in terms of comfort for the average Kowalski. The pressure in the cabin of an airplane flying at an altitude of 11,000 m is the same as on Kasprowy Wierch (approx. 1,900 m), so much higher than in other commercial aircraft, where it is as high as on the summit of Rysy (2,400 m). ). This reduces the effects of alpine sickness, dizziness and nausea, and in combination with 8% more oxygen, higher humidity and better air filtration, it reduces the feeling of fatigue.

Current operation confirms that the B.787 brings an expected 20% savings compared to previous generations of machines. The enormous range of B.787 aircraft allows for flights without changing connections, which is beneficial for travelers. The windows in the cabin are much larger, which has a positive effect on the well-being of passengers. They are more than 30% larger than the windows installed in other airplanes and have dimensions of 0.27 m x 0.47 m. In addition, they are placed higher, which allows you to see the horizon without bending over. The lighting in the cabin is made in LED technology and has the ability to change the color and intensity. In this way, the circadian rhythm for passengers can be maintained. Industry leading technology B.787 Dreamliner creates extraordinary opportunities for airlines around the world and greatly improves the quality of air travel.

In 2019, LOT Polish Airlines received its seventh B.787-9 SP-LSG aircraft.

2020 year.

At the end of 2019, China launched a pandemic "corona virus", rightly dubbed the "Chinese virus". As a result, many countries introduced restrictions, which affected air traffic. Therefore, in 2020, the Polish Government together with PLL LOT organized a campaign called "Return to Home". The idea was to bring to Poland all our citizens who wanted to return home. In this action, among others, B.787 planes were used. This fact did not go unnoticed by the Polish-language media, which criticized everyone and everything. They effectively ignored the fact that one B.787 flight is cheaper than two B.737 flights on the same route. They did not say that airport charges for B.787, due to the low noise level, are the lowest.

2021 year.

In 2021, the "Chinese virus" pandemic prevented LOT Polish Airlines from collecting two B.787 planes. The manufacturer has left these aircraft in a "parking lot" in the Mojave Desert. These are the SP-LSH and SP-LSI planes.

Written by Karol Placha Hetman