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2019 ON SALE! Tickets for Dreamed Travels with LOT Available now
LOT launched its special offer for travels in 2019. For the next nine days starting today tickets for round trips from all LOT destinations in Europe as well as from the U.S., Japan, South Korea, Canada and Singapore are available on sale! The special offer applies to connections to many destinations in Poland and worldwide Tickets for flights to over 100 LOT destinations all over the world are available at reduced prices. Starting from 15 January up to 31 March 2019 passengers will be able to travel to Poland, Europe and the most attractive destinations in Asia or North America via LOT’s hub in Warsaw at promotional prices. For example, flights from Vienna or Riga to Warsaw start at just 79 EUR. Others from Dusseldorf, Milan, Barcelona, Munich, Brussels or Kiev start with 99 EUR! Tickets for flights from European destinations to North America and Asia can be found with a discount of up to 50%. Passengers from the cities such Paris can fly to Beijing or Singapore only for 399 EUR round trip. As many as three travel classes can be chosen by passengers on all of LOT international flights: LOT Business Class, LOT Premium Class and LOT Economy Class. LOT’s current offer includes flights from Warsaw: to New York City JFK and Newark, Chicago, Los Angeles, Miami, Toronto, Tokyo, Seoul, Beijing and Singapore, from Kraków to Chicago, from Rzeszów to Newark, and from Budapest to Chicago and New York City JFK. LOT’s regular offer include over 100 destinations, which means that since the beginning of 2016 their number has increased by over 60. The development of network of connections is possible, among others, thanks to new aircrafts acquired. In June, the 11th Boeing 787-8 Dreamliner joined the fleet. By the end of 2019, the Dreamliner fleet which operates long-haul flights, will have been increased to 15 aircrafts. The launch of a new long haul flight is a part of LOT’s current strategy that provides for a consequent growth of flight offer available at the transport hub in Warsaw.
From Krakow to Tel aviv. LOT to connect another Polish cities with Israel
From 25 February of next year, LOT’s Boeing 737 MAX 8 aircraft will be serving the route from Karków to Tel Aviv. The connection will expand the range of flights departing Warsaw and other regional airports. Tickets are already on sale The flights from Kraków to Tel Aviv will be offered twice per week. Passengers will be able to reach Israel every Tuesday and Wednesday or Thursday (depending on the week). The aircraft will take off from Tel Aviv to the capital of Poland’s Małopolska region every Monday and Tuesday or Wednesdays. All flights will be served by state-of-the-art Boeing 737 MAX 8 narrow-body aircraft. The new connections are offered to satisfy Israel's growing popularity among Polish tourists. “The launch of connections to Israel - not only from Warsaw, but also from several regional ports - has turned out to be excellent and thought-out decision. Israel has been, for at least a year now, one of the most frequently visited tourist destination for Poles, who are traveling there all year round. We are glad to be able to expand our offering by a connection from Kraków now - Poland’s largest regional airport” - says Adrian Kubicki, Director of Corporate Communications. Israel has become increasingly popular destination among Poles. The country owes this popularity to its cultural heritage, good infrastructure and weather that encourages to sightsee and relax, regardless of the season of the year. The Tel Aviv airport is situated right in the heart of the country’s attractions - close to downtown Tel Aviv - a city teeming with life and entertainment, but also in the direct vicinity of Jerusalem - a city of great importance for the world’s historic and religious heritage. Tel Aviv serves also as the best point of departure for trips to three different seas: the Dead Sea, the Mediterranean Sea and the Red Sea. LOT is consistently expanding its network of regional connections. Today, its passengers may fly to Tel Aviv from Warsaw, Gdańsk, Wrocław, Poznań, Lublin and Rzeszów. The carrier is also selling tickets for its own flights from Kraków to: Gdańsk, Warsaw, Budapest and Chicago (twice per week, starting from July), from Rzeszów to Newark, from Poznań, Bydgoszcz and Olsztyn to Lviv, from Bydgoszcz to Kiev and from Katowice to Torino.
New Boeing 787-9 and 737 MAX Painted in the National Colors Arrived in Warsaw
After a 10-hour flight from Everett our newest Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner with a special exterior painted on the occasion of the 100th anniversary of Poland’s independence has landed in Warsaw yesterday. The same day it took off to Toronto. Today a white-and-red Boeing 737 MAX 8 arrive in Warsaw at 09:45 UTC Delivery flights of B787-9 and B737 MAX (no. LO9787 and LO9737) turned out to be special: new jetliners were accompanied in Polish territory by F-16 fighter aircraft from the 31st Tactical Airbase in Poznań Krzesiny. Before the landing at the Chopin Airport, the fighter jets of the Polish Air Force and later both LOT airplanes made a low pass, which means flying over the runway at a low height. Boeing 787 no. SP-LSC is already the 11th Dreamliner available in the fleet of the Polish carrier, and at the same time the first plane with a white-and-red exterior painting. Apart from the Dreamliner, the occasional colors also appear on the Boeing 737 MAX 8 SP-LVD the newest narrow-body LOT aircraft. The look of the machine is inspired by a waving Polish flag moved by the take-off momentum. An outline of the Polish border is located on the front doors. At one side it stands “Dumni z niepodległości Polski”, meaning “Proud of Poland’s Independence” placed on the other side of the aircraft body. On nose of the Dreamliner, the carrier has placed a logo of the Niepodległa (“Independent”), which is an element of the celebration of the 100th anniversary of regaining independence. “This is an exceptional moment: two of our newest, the most advanced aircraft of its kind, the B787-9 Dreamliner being the pillar of the long-haul fleet and the newest Boeing Commercial Airplanes narrow body B737 8 MAX commemorates the 100th anniversary of Poland’s regaining independence. As a national carrier, we naturally act as a Polish ambassador abroad. For the first time in history our plane has been painted white and red and it will keep its colors for the entire service at LOT” – says Rafał Milczarski, CEO of LOT Polish Airlines. Both airplanes were incorporated thanks to the agreement with Air Lease Corporation. The white-and-red Boeing 787-9 is the third larger-variant Dreamliner acquired by LOT. The jet’s seating capacity is 294 (42 more compared to its smaller variant of the 787-8). The B787-9 is nearly 63 meters long, which means that it is over six meters longer than its predecessor. In the “nine”, passengers are offered one of the three classes: > 24 seats in business class > 21 in premium economy > 249 in economy. The maximum range of the wide-body 787-9 (in its variant for LOT) is over 13,350 km, i.e. approx. 700 km more compared to the 787-8. Based on Boeing’s analyses, the new B787-9 Dreamliner has lower fuel consumption per passenger in comparison with the “eight”. The white-and-red B737 MAX , registered as SP-LVD, arrived in Poland from the Boeing factory in Renton near Seattle. In the next few days, it will fly to London (Heathrow), Madrid, Barcelona, Tbilisi, Yerevan, Moscow, Frankfurt, and Zurich. As of now, LOT has four B737 MAX planes at its disposal, two of which were supplied in December 2017, with the third one (SP-LVC) being commissioned on LOT routes since Monday. MAX offers 186 seats. Thanks to new-generation engines, these planes are not only more efficient than other machines from this segment, which translates into lower operating costs borne by the carrier, but they are also more economically friendly, which is why LOT is able to decrease the amount of airport fees, e.g. at Heathrow. “Our passengers will see the white-and-red Boeing 737 MAX 8 at many European airports, whereas the Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner will be used on long-haul flights, reaching the most distant places of the world. This way, the promotion of Poland’s national colors, and Poland as an attractive travelling destination have now a global dimension” – says Rafał Milczarski from LOT.
LOT anounces its new flight from Hungary
LOT expands in Hungary. After successful launch of long-haul flights to New York City and Chicago as well as between Budapest and Kraków, now it is time for LOT’s flights to London City Airport (LCY). Starting from 18 February 2019 LOT will offer up to two flights a day to be operated by the newly acquired Embraer 190s. Tickets are going on sale now New flights will be operated based on the following timetable: morning departure from Budapest is scheduled at 7.00am with arrival to LCY at 8.45am daily (except Sundays). Second flight will leave Budapest at 5.15pm, arriving at LCY at 7.00pm (except Saturdays). The departing flights from LCY are scheduled at: 9.15am and 7.30pm and arriving at Budapest at 12.45pm, and 11.00pm respectively. Such convenient schedule allows passengers travelling mainly from Budapest for business to take a round trip without an overnight stay. Located in the Royal Docks, the LCY is the closest airport to the financial and business center of London (The City is only 9.6 km away). Moreover LOT’s new flight is an excellent alternative to other flights offered on London-Budapest route using airports located farther away from the center of London (Heathrow, Gatwick, Stansted, Luton and Southend). LOT’s new flights are targeted at corporate passengers and will also help tighten business and economic relations between Hungary and the Great Britain. “Being a modern and most dynamically growing airlines in Europe, we are very proud we are able to fast-track our development in Hungary. We have opened a new chapter in our history: after the launch of the flights to New York City, Chicago, Cracow, the two daily flights to London City are now added. The annual passenger traffic on the Budapest-London route approximates 1.4 m. London City Airport is the most conveniently located airport for those passengers who want to reach London’s business district in a shortest and most convenient way. I am certain that Hungarian passengers will appreciate the new connection thanks to the elevated quality of services” says Rafał Milczarski, LOT’s CEO. „I am extremely happy to have another innovative product introduced into the Hungarian aviation market by our friends from LOT Polish Airlines. The start of operations between Budapest and London City Airport marks another important milestone in our joint efforts to present high quality service to passengers at both ends of this destination” said Jost Lammers, CEO of Budapest Airport. Owing to a relatively short runway and a steep approach angle of 5.5° the flights to London City require complicated maneuvers and only a few aircraft models meet the LCY’s landing and takeoff criteria. To be able to fly to and from London City Airport, LOT decided to acquire four new Embraer E-190s to be delivered on or before the end of 2018 directly from the manufacturer’s plant in Brazil. The new Embraer E-190’s seating capacity is 106. Robert Sinclair, CEO of London City Airport, said: “The addition of Budapest to London City Airport’s route map for the first time epitomises our determination to offer passengers the very best links between London and major European cities. We know more destinations and more choice is what our passengers want, especially as we invest 480 million pounds in our facilities, and a Budapest connection offers a further foothold for tourism and trade in Central Europe and a convenient link with this buzzing city on the banks of the Danube. In addition to the recently announced Warsaw service, LOT Polish Airlines’ latest route provides a positive indication of their growth ambitions at London City Airport.” To Hungary it means the release of its potential of passenger travel on the new routes and the development of its transport arm, with improvements to the airport infrastructure, ground handling and new jobs to follow. Currently LOT’s headcount in Budapest is 60 (onboard crew on the Budapest-New York City/Chicago routes). The carrier announced that by the end of 2019 it will have hired 300 pilots from the Central and Eastern Europe with some of them to be permanently stationed in Budapest. LOT’s business lounge is to be opened at the Budapest Airport soon. Apart from London City, LOT offers its passengers direct connections between Budapest and three destinations: flights New York City and Chicago operated by wide-body Dreamliners, and flights to/from Cracow operated by Bombardier Q400s, resulting in the annual passenger traffic passenger on those routes at 400,000. LOT offers more than 100 scheduled flights in total including direct flights from Warsaw to New York City, Chicago, Los Angeles, Toronto, Beijing, Seoul, Tokyo, Singapore and from Budapest to NYC and Chicago. Strategy of profitable growth being implemented by LOT since 2016 enabled the airline to develop its Hungarian operations. Based on its underlying assumptions, LOT intends to become the first-choice airlines in the CEE countries. LOT is currently the fastest growing airlines in Europe. In 2017 its passenger traffic totaled over 6.8m which means that the figure went up by nearly 25% year-to-year. This year it has plans to reach the threshold of 9m and exceed 10m in 2019 to be able to continue its momentum.
LOT’S New Connection to London city
LOT is proud to announce the 100th connection in its network. As of January 7th 2019 the Polish carrier will fly directly from Warsaw to London City (LCY) up to twice a day. For this special route to London City, LOT will acquire 4 brand-new Embraer 190 jets Flights from Warsaw to London City will be operated according to the following schedule: Departures to LCY daily (except Sundays) at 7:15am, arrivals at 9:00am and daily (except Saturdays) at 4:15pm, arrivals at 6:00pm. Departures to WAW are scheduled daily (except Sundays) at 9:30am, arrivals at 1:00pm and daily (except Saturdays) at 6:30pm, arrivals at 10:00pm. The following schedule enables particularly business travelers flying from Warsaw, as well as Vilnius, Kiev, Lviv, Riga, Bucharest, Larnaca or Tbilisi to complete their journey within one working day. London City Airport, conveniently located in London’s Royal Docks, is the nearest airport to the business and financial centre of London, including the City of London just 6 miles away. It is also expected that the route will appeal to leisure travelers seeking city breaks in either direction. For passengers travelling from London City, LOT gives an excellent alternative to fly to many eastern destinations such as Singapore, Tokyo, Seoul, Beijing or Astana as well as to almost all our destinations in Central & Eastern Europe with only one short and comfortable layover at LOT Warsaw Hub at Chopin Airport. “We are extremely happy to announce this prestigious destination as our 100th connection in our network. LOT has a long lasting history of operations to London Heathrow, where we are flying three times a day. Now we are opening the new chapter by putting two daily flights to London City into our offer. London City is the most convenient airport for those passengers willing to get to the City of London in the shortest and most comfortable way. I am the most certain that this new connection will be appreciated by our passengers particularly from CEE region and is going to be one of the most successful routes in our constantly growing network” – says Adrian Kubicki, director corporate communications of LOT Polish Airlines. Richard Hill, Chief Commercial Officer at London City Airport, said: “For the first time ever, a regular service between London City and Poland touches down with LOT Polish Airlines, boosting connectivity between London and Warsaw and adding another major European capital city to our route network. LOT’s arrival is a huge gain for London City Airport and its passengers, offering a gateway for trade and tourism in Central Europe and onward connections to Asia, and demonstrating the airport’s commitment to attracting new routes, greater choice and more airlines ahead of our £480 million development. It also demonstrates that, despite Brexit, London remains open for business and connections between Poland will continue to be vital for each country’s economy.” “The fact that Poland’s flag carrier has strategically chosen London’s most central airport to expand operations in the city, and is making a significant investment in compatible aircraft to do so, demonstrates confidence in the speed and convenience of the London City experience and our long-term growth prospects.” Only few types of aircraft are eligible to land and take of at this airport. To operate to London City LOT has decided to acquire brand 4 new Embraer E-190 jets, which will be delivered to the Polish airline by the end of 2018 directly from the Embraer factory in Brazil. The new Embraer E-190s will have capacity of 106 comfortable seats, which gives an efficient combination of optimum range and maximum number of passengers. “LOT has an extensive experience in operations on Embraer jets family. In fact, together with our brand-new Embraer E-190s LOT will become the first and only airline to operate all existing types of Brazilian jets. Embraer E-190s with 106 seats onboard will give LOT several commercial advantages in service to London City. After all we will be able to create not only the most convenient but also the most price competitive offer on flights to and from London City airport” – says Adrian Kubicki. “We are delighted to further expand our partnership with LOT, on the placement of the new aircraft. NAC are extremely grateful for the opportunity to have worked closely with the airline to support their continued growth. We congratulate them on their network expansion and look forward to continuing our relationship with the Polish Airline” - said Martin Møller, Chairman of NAC. “Embraer’s long and successful relationship with the fastest growing network carrier in Europe continues. In 2004 LOT was the first operator of the E-170. With this deal LOT adds another Embraer ‘first’ to their history books - the first airline to operate all four variants of E-Jets in their fleet. By the end of this year, with six E-170s, twelve E-175s, four E-190s and twelve E-195s. LOT will have maximum flexibility to right-size for their routes, and fully exploit the commonality in their E-Jet fleet”, said Martyn Holmes, Vice President Europe, Russia, Central Asia, and Leasing, Embraer Commercial Aviation. “Launching new route into London City Airport with E-190, LOT joins the growing number of airlines at this challenging airfield where Embraer aircraft already perform 57.8% of all departures.”
Boeing 787-9 Painted in the National Colours of Poland to arrive in warsaw in june
In Boeing Everett plant, painting of the newest 787-9 Dreamliner has just ended. The unique white and red livery of the machine registered as SP-LSC, commemorates the 100th anniversary of Poland regaining its independence. This month, first passengers will be able to board the plane The white and red painting covers the entire fuselage of the plane. The look of the machine is inspired by a waving Polish flag moved by the take-off momentum. An outline of the Polish borders is located on the front doors. On one side of the door there is a sign reading “Dumni z niepodległości Polski”, and on the other – “Proud of Poland’s Independence”. It is the first such paining in the history of LOT Polish Airlines. “2018 is a significant year for Poland due to the celebration of the 100th anniversary of regaining independence. LOT, as a national carrier, naturally acts as a Polish ambassador abroad. Promoting the country is an integral role of LOT which through dynamic growth builds positive image of Poland abroad”, said Adrian Kubicki, Director of Corporate Communications. “As a national carrier, we welcome in Poland guest from around the world, offering them almost one hundred connections within our network”, he added. The white and red Dreamliner, registered as SP-LSC, is the third of seven ordered planes in a larger 787-9 variant. The jet’s seating capacity is 294 (42 more compared to its smaller variant of the 787-8). The B787-9 is nearly 63 meters long which means that it is over six meters longer than the smaller variant. In the 787-9 model, passengers can be seated in three classes: > 24 lie-flat seats in business class >21 wide premium economy class seats > 249 in economy. The unique white and red Dreamliner will fly on LOT’s long-haul flights to South America and Asia. The plane will also feature – similarly to many other machines of LOT – a logo of the Niepodległa (“Independent”) programme which is an element of the celebration of the 100th anniversary of regaining independence. Composite materials, i.e. carbon fiber reinforced plastic, make up the majority of its weight. Composites are much more durable, yet lighter than aluminum, resulting in the parameters improvement. Based on Boeing’s analyses, the new B787-9 Dreamliner has lower fuel consumption per passenger. The maximum range of the 787-9 machine (in its variant for LOT) is over 13,350 km, i.e. approx. 700 km more compared to the 787-8. LOT is the first airline in Europe whose long-haul fleet consists only of Dreamliners. In LOT, there will be 11 such planes overall when, by the end of June, the white and red SP-LSC will take on passengers. Planes have been operating long-haul connections from Warsaw to New York City (JFK and Newark), Chicago, Los Angeles, Toronto, Seoul, Tokyo, Beijing and Singapore, from Kraków to Chicago, from Rzeszów to Newark, and from Budapest to New York City and Chicago. By the end of 2019, LOT will have 15 Dreamliners in its fleet (eight 787-8 and seven 787-9), obtained under operational and financial leasing. It means that with respect to the quantity of the long-haul fleet, the LOT’s strategy for years 2016-2020 will be implemented a year ahead of schedule. Apart from the new Dreamliners, LOT has also been waiting for the delivery of narrow-body Boeing 737 MAX 8s. At this moment, Polish carrier has two MAXs, registered as SP-LVA and SP-LVB, which were delivered in December 2017. The planes, with LOT’s passengers on board, fly to destinations such as London, Madrid and Larnaca. By 2020, 12 MAXs are scheduled to be obtained. The arrival of two additional planes, one of which will also be painted in white and red, is scheduled for the second half of June. Overall, in June, LOT will collect two specially painted planes from the Boeing’s plant: Dreamliner B787-9 and B737 MAX 8.“We are proud that our national colours will decorate two of our most modern planes. We aspire to be the aviation leader in Central and Eastern Europe and our fleet purchases are part of that goal”, Adrian Kubicki says. Last year, LOT carried a total of over 6.8 million passengers, up more than 25 per cent year on year. The carrier has 54 modern planes (including jets of the Estonian partner line, Nordika and those leased from the Romanian Blue Air, making a total of 67 machines). LOT is currently the fastest growing airline in Europe. Since early 2016 the Polish carrier has announced the launch of 60 connections, including direct flights from Warsaw to Los Angeles, Newark, Seoul, Tokyo and Singapore, from Kraków to Chicago, from Rzeszów to Newark, and from Budapest to New York and Chicago.
Orolia Awarded $34 Million Contract to Deliver Personnel Recovery Devices to the US Army
Orolia, a world leader in Resilient Positioning, Navigation and Timing (PNT) solutions, announced today that its subsidiary McMurdo Inc. was awarded a $33,986,800 contract to manufacture Personnel Recovery Devices (PRD) for the US Army. This PRD is a dual-mode, MIL-SPEC Personal Locator Beacon that will be integrated into the Army's Personnel Recovery Support System (PRSS). The PRD will be capable of transmitting both open and secure signals (training-combat dual mode) to alert and notify that a soldier has become isolated, missing, detained or captured. This innovative positioning device will optimize a successful rescue operation for soldiers in a distress situation through secure enhanced capabilities. It has been designed to meet military standards and specifications, and has improved accuracy, decreased size, weight and power (SWaP) requirements. “We are extremely proud and honored to have been selected by the US Army as the provider of this critical positioning device for the safety of US warfighters. Easy to incorporate into Personnel Recovery operations, the PRD is based on Orolia’s new rugged and small PNT platform dedicated to Combat Search and Rescue (C-SAR) and other dismounted soldier Assured PNT applications. This award, which follows the 2016 contract from the U.S. Coast Guard to produce 16,000 FastFind 220 personal locator beacons, is a testimony to Orolia’s world leadership in Resilient Positioning, Navigation and Timing,” said Jean-Yves Courtois, CEO of Orolia. The Personnel Recovery Support System Personnel Recovery Device contract was awarded by the U.S. Army Contracting Command, Aberdeen Proving Ground, Maryland on behalf of the Army Air Warrior Product Management Office at Redstone Arsenal in Huntsville, Alabama with an estimated completion date of March 6, 2022.
Airbus C295 MPA for Korea Press Conference
On May 17, 2018, Airbus held a press conference at Seoul Plaza Hotel and proposed 20 C295 Maritime Patrol Aircrafts (MPA) to the government of the Republic of Korea to provide the most appropriate solution to the requirements of the Korean maritime patrol. As a company that develops and manufactures aircraft from the body to systems as a whole, Airbus emphasized that it supports both systems and weapon integrations, thereby providing surveillance and reconnaissance functions. Moreover, as a company that advanced the concept of maritime operations with 'P-3' improvement business, Airbus was confident about the suggestion of the optimal solution for a middle-range and long-range patrol. ▲ Brian Kim, Vice President of Airbus Korea Defense & Space Division ▲ Fernando Ciria, Head of Marketing of ISR and Tactical Aircraft at Airbus Defence & Space Brian Kim, Vice President of Airbus Korea Defense & Space Division, said at the press conference that Airbus would be willing to participate if given the opportunity for a competitive bid of the next MPA. He stated, “Considering the budget and requirements of the Korean government identified by Airbus, Airbus can offer a total of 20 C295 maritime patrols to the Korean government. If the R.O.K Navy has a large number of C295 MPAs, it will be able to monitor more extensive areas across the Korean peninsula more effectively, which will allow it to respond more quickly to potential external threats.” Also, he added, “The C295 MPA is equipped with state-of-the-art radar, sensors and mission-critical systems. Currently, Brazil, Chile, Oman, Portugal, Saudi Arabia and many other countries are using Airbus’s MPAs for the actual battles, which proves that the C295 is a proven fighter, not just a concept model. We expect significant savings for the government of the Republic of Korea on the basis of low introduction and operation costs compared to competitors of Airbus C295.” Airbus and Korea have long-term and strategic partnerships in a variety of industries including commercial aircraft, defense, space and helicopters. Earlier, Airbus had introduced the A330 MRTT, a multi-purpose tanker to the Republic of Korea Air Force. The ROKAF is also using the CN235 tactical aircraft equipped with the turboprop-powered engine, a previous model of the C295, for transport purposes. What’s more, Airbus helicopter products are in operation in the Korean defense industry and it has developed Surion helicopter for the use in the Republic of Korea Army with Korea Aerospace Industries, LTD. (KAI). Airbus also maintains close industrial cooperation with KAI, KAL-ASD, and many SMEs in Korea. Its business in Korea is expected to grow from $500 million in 2016 to $600 million in 2020. Airbus estimates that more than 6,000 jobs requiring highly skilled have been created through various projects in Korea. ▲ Airbus has been leading the business of maritime patrol aircrafts for more than 30 years since the P-3 advancement project. ▲ The C295 model was produced based on the development know-how of CN235, the global bestseller. ▲ Airbus presented its configuration optimized for the MPA business ordered by the Korean government. ▲ FITS (Fully Integrated Tactical System) components were introduced as a brain of the system ▲ Focusing on the Korea EEZ area and major base camps, the rationality of the C295 MPA specification is mainly explained. ▲ Since South Korea is surrounded by North Korea, China, Russia, Japan, etc., it has a special characteristic in its operations. ▲ Airbus emphasized inexpensive introduction and maintenance costs as its competitiveness. ▲ Airbus, following Boeing and SAAB, threw a ticket for Korean MPA bidding. ACROFAN explained the main features of the Korean anti-submarine operation and pointed out that bad weather is usually considered when an antisubmarine operation occurs. It asked for durability in these adverse conditions and explanations of related cases. Fernando Ciria, Head of Marketing of ISR and Tactical Aircraft at Airbus Defence & Space, answered, “The C295 MPA is a worldwide model. The C295 MPAs are also operating around Chilean Pacific coast and Antarctica. The customers who operate the C295 MPA in that harsh environment speak for us. Customer cases demonstrate the operational competence. In addition, onboard sensors allow detection of maritime vessels and sharing of information even in bad weather.” Also, he said, “The C295 MPA enables operations in bad situations. For reference, a recent Canadian contract would be a good example. Canada uses aircraft for search and rescue purposes, and when it is bad weather or the weather changes, it uses the aircraft for rescuing citizens. It also carries out a role of search and rescue in the mountains as well as in the sea. A total of 16 units will be deployed in northern Canada to perform search and rescue across Canada. Therefore, no matter how bad the weather conditions are, I think it will not be difficult to carry out the operations.
LOT took off to SINGAPORE "VISIT THE LION CITY"
LOT’s Dreamliner took off on its first scheduled flight from Warsaw to Singapore. From now on the Polish airlines will operate that route regularly initially three and then four times a week. Singapore is LOT’s fifth destination in Asia and the fourth long-haul connection launched in 2018. LOT’s Dreamliners will operate direct flights between Singapore and Warsaw three times a week until the end of June and four times a week afterwards – from July until the end of summer. LOT will be the first airlines in the Central and Eastern Europe to connect such a large number of European cities with Singapore. The route will operate with the following schedule: LO 67 WAW-SIN Tuesdays, Thursdays, Saturdays 23:00-17:15 LO 68 SIN-WAW Mondays, Thursdays, Saturdays 00:05-06:15 Between July and the end of October 2018: LO 67 WAW-SIN Mondays, Tuesdays, Thursdays, Saturdays 23:00-17:15 LO 68 SIN-WAW Mondays, Wednesdays, Thursdays, Saturdays 00:05-06:15 “Our flights connect the two hubs directly: the one in Warsaw which is the major transportation hub for passengers travelling from the Central Europe, and that in Singapore being a major transit airport in the south-eastern Asia. In that way we have released tourist and business potential on that route,” said Rafał Milczarski, LOT’s CEO. Singapore is one of the most dynamically growing economies of the region and is also among the richest countries in the world per capita (its GDP (PPP) per year exceeds USD 90.500). That Asian tiger ranks fifth as regards Asian investments (among the ASEAN countries) in Poland and sixth in the entire European Union. Changi Airport Group’s (CAG) Chief Executive Officer Mr Lee Seow Hiang said, “We are delighted to welcome LOT’s new service which now connects us to Poland. This marks Singapore’s first non-stop link to Central and Eastern Europe, and will provide passengers with greater convenience and travel options. It also presents growth opportunities for leisure and business travel in both regions. Changi Airport Group has been actively strengthening Singapore’s connectivity to Europe, with four new city links (Athens, Dusseldorf, Stockholm, Warsaw) added to Changi’s network over the past 18 months.” “The flight from Singapore to Warsaw during which LOT’s Boeing 787 Dreamliner travels the distance of 9,500 km, lasts approx. 12 hours. I hope that also business passengers will be interested in travelling with us on that route and will appreciate the comfort and top-quality business and premium economy product on board of our Dreamliners,” adds LOT’s CEO. The Lion City is not only Asian business center, but it is also a gateway to flights to other regional destinations in Indonesia, Thailand, Cambodia, Malaysia and Australia. The Polish carrier established co-operation with airlines operating flights from these countries to Singapore. From now on, under one LOT booking reservation, connections from Singapore will be operated by JetStar Group carriers, e.g. Singapore Airlines (a code-share agreement), and Qantas and Air New Zealand (an interline agreement). With just one ticket, LOT passengers will be able to travel via Singapore to many cities in places such as Thailand, Malaysia, Indonesia, Hong Kong, Vietnam, Myanmar, the Philippines as well as Australia and New Zealand (at very attractive prices).This year LOT has opened its own ticket office in Australia. “Nearly 3 million passengers travel between Europe and Singapore each year. The country is a gateway to other destinations in Asia, Australia and Oceania. Even if LOT does not operate those flights on its own, our passengers from Poland and Europe can benefit from connecting flights thanks to agreements entered into with other airlines. The launch of LOT’s new connection is an excellent chance for the passengers travelling from Europe to visit Singapore and become familiar with numerous advantages of that country,” said Rafał Milczarski. Among the greatest advantages of the new connection to Singapore is the shortest travel time not only from Poland, but also from other countries in the region. The new flight is also a convenient travel option for passengers from the South-Eastern Asia who want to travel to Europe. Thanks to a well-thought out schedule and convenient connecting flights from the Warsaw Chopin Airport, LOT ensures the passengers travelling from Asia flights to all destinations as part of its extensive network of connections, e.g. to Kiev, Budapest, Riga, Vilnius, Tallinn, Prague, Munich, Frankfurt, Brussels, London, Amsterdam, Paris and Barcelona with a maximum connecting time of less than an hour. The flights on the new route will be operated exclusively by Boeing 787 Dreamliners, the world’s state-of-the-art wide-body aircraft. Passengers travelling by the Dreamliners can choose from three travel classes: LOT Business Class with lie-flat seats and premium restaurant cuisine; LOT Premium Economy Class with larger, individual space and footrests, comfortable thigh support, cocktail tables and extensive menu as well as LOT Economy Class with modern seats and individual on-board entertainment screens as well as USB ports, and also fresh and varied meals served during the flight. Products featuring regional elements will be also available on board, such as the Singapore-style menu. The launch of the connection from Warsaw to Singapore is part of the profitable growth strategy which LOT has been implementing since the early 2016. Since then LOT has announced the launch of 58 flights, including from Warsaw to Los Angeles, Newark, Tokyo, Seoul and Astana, and from Kraków to Chicago. This year it has launched flights, among others, from Budapest to JFK and Chicago, and from Rzeszów to Newark.
LOT Launched Air Service between Budapest and New York. On May 5 It will start Flights to Chicago
LOT Polish Airlines introduced the first non-stop long-haul connection between Budapest in Hungary and the USA. On May 5 it is launching the next one. The Polish air carrier is responding to the enormous demand for non-stop flights between Hungary and New York/Chicago, two important metropolis in North America From today flights to New York will be served by the latest B787 Dreamliners four times a week: on Mondays, Thursdays, Fridays and Sundays aircraft will depart from Budapest at 11:55. The non-stop flight will take only 9 hours and 45 minutes. Flights to Chicago will be operated twice a week: on Tuesdays and Saturdays with the total travel time of 10 hours 15 minutes. The last time Hungary had a non-stop connection with the United States was in 2011. Since then after the national carrier Malev went bankrupt, the number of passengers travelling from Budapest to the USA - despite the lack of non-stop flights - has continued to grow, creating a large, but so far untapped market. Currently over 170 thousand passengers travel on this route annually. “Our decision to launch non-stop flights shows how much we believe in Hungary as one of the key markets in Central and Eastern Europe for LOT. We aim to win the hearts of passengers from Hungary and the surrounding countries with the best product on the market, which the non-stop flights definitely are. For LOT it is also a completely new chapter in its history. For the first time in its 90-year history LOT is launching a connection to North America from outside Poland” says Rafał Milczarski, LOT’S CEO. „I am very proud that with joint efforts with our Polish friends we have reached this milestone in the history of Budapest Airport. Let me also use this opportunity to thank Hungarian and Polish political leaders and diplomats who helped to create the framework for the operation of these new LOT-flights from Budapest and thus contributed to the creation of new jobs in the aviation sector in Hungary” remarked Jost Lammers, CEO of Budapest Airport. He added: „LOT Polish airlines would offer extra comfort and a unique travel experience to the passengers on board Boeing 787 Dreamliner traveling both to New York and Chicago. These flights are sure to become great success among tens of thousands of business travelers, tourist and people visiting their relatives and friends overseas.” LOT employed Hungarian crews to serve the non-stop connection between Budapest and New York/Chicago. Initially, flights will be operated with mixed, Polish-Hungarian personnel onboard. However the connection will be ultimately operated solely by Hungarian crews. Launching non-stop flights between Budapest and New York/Chicago means that one of LOT’s Dreamliners will have its permanent base in Budapest. Also a service base of LOT AMS, a company of Polska Grupa Lotnicza PGL Holding built around LOT, will be open there. "We want passengers from Hungary to believe that LOT may fullfil the gap in lack for the national carrier. As the only legacy carrier in Europe we focused on non-stop, long haul connections starting from Budapest. Currently local passengers are forced to transfer mainly in Frankfurt, Paris, Amsterdam and London on their way to New York and Chicago, which makes their journey considerably longer. We believe the residents of Budapest and the surrounding area deserve a much better product dedicated to their needs" adds Rafał Milczarski. According to detailed analyses performed by LOT, non-stop flights from Budapest will be used not only by residents of the Hungarian capital, but also of other Hungarian cities, eastern Austria, Slovakia, western Romania, and Balkan countries. More than 8 million people live within a distance of just two hours’ drive from the Budapest airport and the new connections are for them. “Many people, who come from this part of Europe, live in New York and Chicago. Economic relations are also developing. The new non-stop connections will certainly provide an additional stimulus for an increase in the volume of passengers and cargo operations” says LOT’S CEO. “Importantly the transatlantic connections from Budapest will supplement the offer of flights from Warsaw, rather than be a direct competition” he adds. The new LOT flights are not only important for passenger traffic but also for their approx. 12 tons/flight belly cargo capacity – both ways. Flights between Budapest and New York/Chicago will be operated exclusively with Boeing 787 Dreamliners, which are the most technologically-advanced aricraft in the world. LOT offers a truly Hungarian experience onbard – with an access to the entertainment system in the Hungarian language, traditional cuisine across all cabin classes as well as the local press and the selection of original wines for LOT Premium Economy and Business class. After the connections between Hungary and the USA are launched, LOT will operate a total of 9 connections to North America, including 8 to the USA: from Warsaw to New York JFK, Newark, Chicago, Los Angeles and Toronto, from Budapest to New York JFK and Chicago, from Cracow to Chicago and from Rzeszów to Newark. For LOT Polish Airlines, launching flights from Budapest is another step in implementing the profitable growth strategy, which, besides building an air transport hub in Warsaw, involves tapping into the market potential of other airports in the region.
15 Dreamliners by the End of 2019... LOT POLISH AIRLINES Orders more BOEING 787s
Polish Airlines LOT announced that an order has been placed for the next three Boeing 787-9 Dreamliners to be delivered in 2019. In total LOT’s fleet now includes eight smaller B787-8s and one larger B787-9. Given all contracts signed by LOT, six Dreamliners will be added to its fleet in 2018-2019 LOT signed operational lease agreements with Avolon Aerospace Leasing Limited companies for three new machines, Boeing 787-9s, to be delivered straight from the Boeing Everett factory. The deliveries are scheduled for May 2019 (two machines) and for October 2019 (another aircraft). The term of the lease agreements is 12 years. “The new aircraft mean new connections. We are glad that thanks to another contract for new Dreamliners, we will be able to continue to develop our network of long-haul connections in record time. In total by the end of 2019 we will have had as many as 15 Boeing787s, which not only is LOT’s historical record but also evidence that we can actually recognize our strategy as successfully implemented. LOT betted on an aircraft larger than its B787-9s with a seating capacity of 294 and hit the bull’s eye as the interest in our services among passengers has been steadily increasing” says Adrian Kubicki, Head of LOT’s Corporate Communications. “At present we operate 13 direct long-distance flights and each new machine is an opportunity to launch another one or two new routes,” adds he. Until now LOT has had four Boeing 787-9s contracted. After placing the new order, their total number went up to seven. The first aircraft of that type has already been delivered and another one is scheduled to be delivered in May 2018. The first Boeing 787-9 has been operating regular flights to Chicago and Toronto, the other machine will be used to operate the flights on the Warsaw-New York City route (JFK) as well as some flights to Seoul. All in all by October 2019 LOT will have had 15 Boeing 787 Dreamliners which means that also that aspect of LOT’s strategy for 2016-2020 will be successfully implemented ahead of time. LOT has also been negotiating the purchase of another three wide- and narrow-body aircraft. LOT’s fleet has been growing in record time. Apart from new Dreamliners, LOT has also been waiting for the delivery of four out of six Boeing 737 MAX 8s which have been ordered, and five out of six Embraer 195s. Two more Bombardier Q400s are going to be added to LOT’s fleet for at least 6 months as well. “Each new machine means new jobs and promotion opportunities available both to pilots and cabin crew” says Adrian Kubicki from LOT. “One new Dreamliner means employment or promotion opportunities for 15 captains and 10 first officers and jobs for approx. 100 new members of the cabin crew. In that way LOT remains to be the largest and also the most attractive employer among the airlines in Poland” adds Kubicki.
Satellite Spectrum Advocacy and Promotion of Industry Value Proposition Affirmed as Coalition’s First Priorities
Six of the world’s leading satellite industry associations have established the “Global Satellite Coalition” (GSC), an international group through which targeted initiatives will be coordinated and implemented with the combined support of hundreds of member companies based in every world region. The coalition will drive industry priorities with one voice, unlocking opportunities for industry growth and ensuring the future for millions of stakeholders who depend on satellite-based solutions. The GSC’s ultimate objective is to secure an ecosystem that allows every world citizen to be connected. The founding partners of the GSC include the following organizations: · Abrasat (Brazil) · APSCC (Asia Pacific) · CASBAA (Asia Pacific) · EMEA Satellite Operators Association (Europe, Middle East, Africa, CIS) · Global VSAT Forum (World) · Satellite Industry Association (USA) “Following the success of satellite industry collaboration for WRC15, the GSC presents a natural next step to further strengthen the satellite communications sector,” said David Hartshorn, GVF Secretary General. Responding to the rapid pace of change in the digital world and huge demands for connectivity, the GSC will foster awareness and understanding of game-changing satellite industry innovations and their implications for spectrum and regulatory policymaking and market development. The GSC’s priority is to advocate the role of satellite in achieving complete connectivity from contributing to the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and the Broadband Commission’s connectivity objectives to realizing the Network of Networks required for 5G. In addition, it will work on ensuring satellite services are an essential element of national broadband strategies, universal service programs and disaster preparedness efforts.
LOT Announced New Service from Warsaw to Zaporizhzhia as of july
Starting 2nd July, LOT will launch direct connection between Warsaw and Zaporizhzhia. Flights will be operated as many as 6 times a week by modern Embraer jets. It’s LOT’s 9th route to Ukraine and 6th from its Warsaw hub. Tickets are available via all LOT sales channels starting today. Thanks to that Polish carrier have become the largest European Union airline operating on the Ukrainian market Currently LOT is the only EU airline to provide passengers from Zaporizhzhia with offer of transfers to Europe and the world. It’s also the sixth Ukrainian destination from Warsaw added into LOT’s network, next to Kharkiv, Odessa, Lviv, Kiev-Boryspil and Kiev-Zhuliany. Last year, the Polish carrier decided to launch three regional services from Poznań, Bydgoszcz, Olsztyn to Lviv. In total, LOT shall serve as many as 84 flights weekly between Poland and Ukraine in Summer 2018. LOT Embraers will take-off from Warsaw at 11:00 arriving to Zaporizhzhia International Airport at 14:00 on Mondays, Fridays and Sundays. The return flight will take passengers from Zaporizhzhia to Warsaw at 14:40 landing at the Chopin Airport at 15.55. On Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Saturdays airplanes will depart from Warsaw at 14:20 a.m. to land in Ukraine at 17.20. Passengers will be able to take flight from Zaporizhzhia at 18:00 to land in Warsaw at 19:15. The schedule between Warsaw and Zaporizhzhia was planned to provide passengers from that region with the most convenient transfers to Western Europe and North America via LOT’s hub in Warsaw. Passengers need minimum 35 minutes of transfer time via Warsaw to continue their journey to western and central European destinations such as Brussels, Amsterdam, Paris, Geneva and Milan. It takes only 1 hour of transfer at Warsaw Chopin Airport to continue travel to LOT’s airports in the North America – to Chicago, New York JFK/Newark and Los Angeles in the USA or Toronto in Canada. Besides that short transfers will be offered to those travelling between Zaporizhzhia and Moscow Domodedovo, Budapest, Prague, Tallinn, Vilnius, Kaunas and Kosice. “We are pleased to announce today the new service from Warsaw to Zaporizhzhia. By opening this route we are sure to provide our customers with top quality service and the best connectivity to worldwide destinations via Central Europe. Zaporizhia is one of the most economically developed business centre in the Eastern Ukraine. I am sure that many passengers travelling on business and for leisure pourposes will take advantage of convenient flights to Poland and via Warsaw hub to further destinations in Europe or North America” – says Adrian Kubicki, Director of Corporate Communications and Spokesperson. “Zaporizhzhia airport is the priority infrastructure project for the city, and on this project we concentrate all financial and managerial efforts. As the airport is not just an important logistics network, it is a signal to the potential investors, visitors of the city that Zaporizhzhia has been developing and is aimed to the future. We are working hard on the modernization of the Zaporizhzhia airport. Being supported by the Cabinet of Ministers, we have launched the project of a new passenger terminal construction that will be corresponded to all world standards. However, the passenger flow and flights increase is a key driver of the airport development. Therefore, we welcome the opening of the new route to Warsaw, which performs by LOT. This new flight will become a connecting bridge between Zaporizhzhia and Europe. We are confident that our cooperation will give a forceful impact to the further development of Zaporizhzhia, to the strengthening of relationships between Ukraine and Poland, to our integration into the European community” – says Volodymyr Buryak, Mayor of Zaporizhzhia. Zaporizhzhia – Warsaw service is operated using Embraer jets, with capacity from 70 to 82 seats in three cabin class: economy, premium economy and business. Also today, LOT has increased its presence in in Kiev Zhulyany: starting as of 2nd August LOT will operate flights two times a day to Kiev-Zhuliany in addition to two daily operations to Kiev-Boryspol. In total, as many as 27 flights a week are offered between Warsaw and Kiev providing passengers with the most flexible offer currently available on the market. The launch of the new Warsaw - Zaporizhzhia route is an element of LOT’s 2016-2020 profitable growth strategy that the Polish carrier has been consistently implementing. Based on its underlying assumptions, LOT intends to become the first-choice airline not only among passengers travelling from Poland but also from other CEE countries. LOT forecasts that its annual passenger traffic will reach over 10 m passengers by 2020 meaning that the number of its passengers will double in four years. In 2017 LOT announced the launch of 27 connections, including from Warsaw to: Los Angeles, Newark, Astana and Singapore, from Budapest to New York City and Chicago, from Kraków to Chicago and from Rzeszów to Newark. New services to Billund, Dubrovnik, Nuremberg, Oslo and Skopje will also be opened in the first half on 2018. All long-haul flights in LOT’s network are operated by Boeing 787-8 Dreamliner. Each of them offers 252 seats in three classes: 18 in business, 21 in premium economy and 213 in economy. LOT was the first European airline to have introduced Dreamliners into its fleet. “B787 is currently the most technologically advanced wide-body passenger aircraft in the world. Its composite structure and state-of-the-art engines reduce fuel consumption and offer higher levels of comfort compared to other planes” – says Adrian Kubicki from LOT.
Visit Skopje and Podgorica with LOT Which now offers as many as 12 Balkan Destinations
Starting from 1 June the Polish airlines are going to launch the first direct flights to the capital city of Macedonia. 1 June 2018 also marks the launch of regular flights to Montenegro’s capital city. In total, LOT is going to operate as many as 12 flights to Balkan destinations. LOT has been consistently expanding its network of flights to destinations located in the south of Europe. The number of flights to the two new Balkan destinations will be the same: six per week. The flights to Skopje in Macedonia will be operated daily apart from Sundays whereas to Podgorica in Montenegro LOT will be flying daily apart from Wednesdays. The flights to the two destinations will be operated by Embraer 170 and 175. Depending on the version of the aircraft there will be 70 - 82 seats available in three travel classes: economy, premium economy and business. “Skopje in Macedonia is a completely new destination offered by LOT. That country has been increasingly popular every year among tourists, enchanting them with its history, regional cuisine and cultural diversity. It is also an ideal starting point for trips to neighboring countries: Greece, Bulgaria and Albania,” says Adrian Kubicki, Director of Corporate Communications and Spokesperson. “Our passengers had an opportunity to get to know different tourist values of Podgorica, Montenegro, in the previous summer season. In our opinion that destination has such potential that we decided to significantly increase the frequency of our flights there,” adds he. Timetables were designed in such way that also the passengers travelling from Skopje and Podgorica have access to fast and convenient connecting flights from the Warsaw Chopin Airport to among others, destinations in the United States of America, Canada and Western Europe, e.g. Scandinavia. In total LOT now operates flights to 12 destinations in the Balkans. Apart from Skopje and Podgorica, in the summer season the airlines also fly to: Dubrovnik (a new connection starting from May - six flights per week), Zagreb (the increase from 10 to 14 flights per week), Split (two flights per week), Pula (one flight per week), Zadar (two flights per week), Belgrade (the increase from 9 to 11 flights per week), Ljubljana (the increase from six to seven flights per week), Sofia (19 flights per week), Bucharest (three flights per day) and Cluj-Napoca (six flights per week). This year LOT has already announced the launch of four new destinations: from Warsaw to Skopje, Podgorica and Moscow Domodedovo Airport (the second largest airport in Moscow) and from Kraków to Budapest. In 2017 LOT announced the launch of 27 connections, including from Warsaw to: Los Angeles, Newark, Astana and Singapore, from Budapest to New York City and Chicago, from Kraków to Chicago and from Rzeszów to Newark. In 2017 LOT’s passenger traffic totaled 6.8m which means that the figure went up by nearly 1.5m year-to-year. During that time four new Boeings were delivered to LOT: two B787 Dreamliners and two B737 MAXs. 12 more machines will be added to LOT’s fleet in 2018: three B787-9s (a larger version of the Dreamliner), three B737 MAX 8s and six EMBRAER 195s.
BILLUND - LOT's Fifth Scandinavian Destination
Billund is LOT’s fifth destination in Scandinavia with flights to be operated throughout a week on a daily basis, including Monday through Friday twice a day. The first flight from Warsaw to Billund is scheduled for 2 July. Tickets are going on sale starting today. Billund is a hub for several cities in Jutland, in Western Denmark, including Esbjerg, Herning, Silkeborg, Aarhus, Horsens and Odense. Located in its direct vicinity, Legoland Amusement Park is the largest family theme park in the world. No other theme park in Europe has an international airport located that close. The flights on the Warsaw-Billund route will be operated Monday through Friday twice a day ensuring great travel flexibility to LOT’s passengers. With the decrease in demand for flights on Saturdays and Sundays, LOT is going to operate one flight a day on that route. The flight on the Warsaw-Billund route will last approximately 1 hour and 40 minutes and will be operated by Embraer 170s and 175s with the seat capacity of 70 - 82 seats in three travel classes: business, economy premium and economy. The flights are scheduled to be operated as follows: on Mondays, Tuesdays, Wednesdays, Thursdays and Fridays WAW 08:20 – BLL 10:00 BLL 10:35 - WAW 12:20 WAW 17:30 – BLL 19:10 BLL 19:50 - WAW 21:35 On Saturdays there will be one morning flight only and on Sundays - one afternoon flight. Such timetable allows LOT to offer the most attractive connections between Billund and various destinations of the Central and Eastern Europe, Balkans, Central Asia, the Far East and North America, e.g. Kraków, Kiev, Kharkov, Vilnius, Moscow, Bucharest, Astana, Beijing, Tokyo, Seoul, Singapore, New York, Chicago and Los Angeles. On the other hand, the timetable allows passengers from many cities in the Central and Eastern Europe and Asia to travel to Billund with a convenient transfer (usually in less than 2 hours) at LOT’s Warsaw Chopin Airport. There are several companies headquartered in Western Denmark which operate in Poland, for example, Lego, JYSK, Arla, Velux and DONG Energy. “Billund is one of more important business and scientific centers in Scandinavia while Southern Jutland is among the areas with the highest GDP per capita in Scandinavia. What’s important, a few dozen thousand Poles live in Western Denmark. The new connection will certainly be appreciated also by passengers travelling to Billund and neighboring areas on holiday or to visit family and friends,” says Adrian Kubicki, Director of Corporate Communications and Spokesperson. “An extensive network of flights and the largest hub in the Central and Eastern Europe are our assets,” adds Adrian Kubicki. LOT’s new route is targeted both at passengers travelling on business whom the Polish airlines are able to offer very attractive fares in the business and premium classes as well as those travelling on leisure. After Nuremberg, Stuttgart, Gothenburg and Luxembourg, Billund is also another important midsize business center in the Western Europe providing LOT with an opportunity to develop its network of connections. “We are proud to welcome LOT to Billund and delighted that LOT have seen the potential in the West Danish market. We know that business traffic between Poland and West Denmark is extensive. The tight links between our two regions will only be strengthened by the route,” says CEO Kjeld Zacho J?rgensen, Billund Airport. “Furthermore, the new flight from Warsaw will make the journey from West Denmark to Polish and other Central and Eastern European destinations easier and faster going forward. Finally, the new LOT route is also great news to Polish children who want to visit the Legoland Billund Resort, as the amusement park is right on the doorstep to Billund Airport,” stresses he. The launch of the new Warsaw-Billund route is an element of LOT’s 2016-2020 profitable growth strategy that the airlines have been consistently implementing. Based on its underlying assumptions, LOT intends to become the first-choice airlines not only among passengers travelling from Poland but also from other CEE countries. LOT forecasts that its annual passenger traffic will have reached over 10 m passengers by 2020 meaning that the number of its passengers will have doubled in four years. In 2017 LOT announced the launch of 27 connections, including from Warsaw to: Los Angeles, Newark, Astana and Singapore, from Budapest to New York City and Chicago, from Kraków to Chicago and from Rzeszów to Newark. All long-haul flights in LOT’s network are operated by eight Boeing 787-8 Dreamliners. Each of them offers 252 seats in three classes: 18 in business, 21 in premium economy and 213 in economy. LOT was the first European airline to have introduced Dreamliners into its fleet. “B787 is currently the most technologically advanced wide-body passenger aircraft in the world. Its composite structure and state-of-the-art engines reduce fuel consumption and offer higher levels of comfort compared to other planes” – says Adrian Kubicki from LOT. In 2017 LOT’s passenger traffic totaled over 6.8m which means that the figure went up by nearly 25% year-to-year. During that time four new Boeings were delivered to LOT: two B787 Dreamliners and two B737 MAX 8s. 12 more machines will be added to LOT’s fleet in 2018: three B787-9s (a larger version of the Dreamliner with 42 additional seats), three B737 MAX 8s and six Embraer 195s.
LOT Announced new Connection between Budapest and Krakow
Starting from May LOT is going to operate regular flights between Budapest and Kraków six times a week. Also today, LOT has increased its frequencies on Kraków-Chicago route. The first flight operated from Kraków to Budapest by LOT is scheduled for 28th of April. Until 20 May LOT will operate on that route five times per week. Starting from 21 May until the end of the summer season, i.e. until 27 October, one more frequency a week will be added. Therefore, LOT passengers will be able to fly six times a week on the Kraków-Budapest route: on Mondays, Tuesdays, Wednesdays, Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays. The schedule was planned in such way that the departure flight from the Kraków-Balice Airport is scheduled for 7.55 am and the arrival in the capital city of Hungary is scheduled for 9.00 am. Departure flights from Budapest to Kraków are scheduled for 9.35 am to arrive in Kraków an hour later at 10.35 am. The flights on that route will be operated with Bombardier Q400s with seating capacity of 78 passengers and three travel classes. Tickets for the flights on the new Budapest-Kraków flight will be on sale one month after LOT announced the increased number of flights to and from Budapest and Warsaw. Just to remind, starting from 25 March the Polish airlines will be operating five daily flights on the Warsaw-Budapest route. Those flights will be mainly operated using Bombardier Q400s, and sporadically also Embraer 170s. “Hungary is now among LOT’s key Central and Eastern European markets. We strive to ensure the best services and the highest number of available flights to the passengers from the region. Direct flights from Kraków mean not only a greater number of flights to the second largest city in Poland but also connecting flights to other destinations, including Chicago,” says Adrian Kubicki, Director of Corporate Communications. “Our passengers have told us for a long time that a direct flight to Kraków is high on their wish list. the potential market is more than 30,000 passenger – so it’s great to have finally solved this travel problem for them with our increasingly important partner LOT Polish Airlines,” says Kam Jandu, CCO, Budapest Airport. “The travel time by road is around eight hours by car – the flight time is just over one hour – so that is a significant time-saving for all,” confirms Jandu. Starting from 3 May LOT Polish Airlines will operate regular flights from Budapest to New York City and from 5 May to Chicago, offering the first direct non-stop service to the U.S. from Hungary for years. Tickets are already going on sale. LOT will be flying from Budapest to New York City 4 times a week on Mondays, Thursdays, Fridays and Sundays. The flights to Chicago will be operated twice a week: on Tuesdays and Saturdays. Budapest is now the largest European market without direct flights to the U.S. Every year more than 165,000 passengers fly from the capital city of Hungary to New York City and Chicago transferring at other airports. The situation is bound to change in May. These will be the first direct flights to the USA from outside Poland in the history of LOT. In Budapest LOT is going to station one of its eight wide body state-of-the-art aircraft - B787 Dreamliner. The convenient schedule of connections on Kraków-Budapest route, increased number of weekly flights between Kraków and Chicago as well as a timetable of long haul flights on Budapest-Chicago route were complemented to provide passengers with the most suitable offer of travels between Kraków, Budapest to Chicago four times a week. All in all LOT will be operating 15 weekly services to/from Chicago: 11 to/from Warsaw Chopin, 2 from Krakow and 2 from Budapest. “Thanks to the non-stop service between Kraków and Chicago, we enable our passengers to travel directly and most conveniently from Małopolska region to Illinois. Direct flights enriched our offer of long-haul connections between Kraków and Chicago via Warsaw and via Budapest. Since the route launch in 2017, we have been observing increased passenger demand on that route. The most recent data show that over 90 thousand passengers choose to travel by air between Kraków and Chicago annually” – adds Adrian Kubicki. In 2017 LOT announced the launch of 27 connections, including from Warsaw to: Los Angeles, Newark, Astana and Singapore, from Budapest to New York City and Chicago, from Kraków to Chicago and from Rzeszów to Newark. In 2017 LOT’s passenger traffic totaled 6.8m which means that the figure went up by nearly 1.5m year-to-year. During that time four new Boeings were delivered to LOT: two B787 Dreamliners and two B737 MAXs. In 2018 12 more aircraft will be added to LOT’s fleet: B787-9 (a larger version of the Dreamliner), B737 MAX 8 and Embraer 195. Tickets for LOT’s new flights from Budapest are available via LOT’s Contact Centre, at www.lot.com, and from sales agents.
LOT Announced Flights to the Second Airport in Moscow
Starting June this year LOT will open a new connection to Moscow Domodedovo Airport. This is the second airport in the capital of Russia where to the Polish carrier will be operating flights. Tickets are available on sale starting today. The first flight from Warsaw Chopin Airport to Moscow Domodedovo Airport will take-off on June 3rd. Within first month LOT planes will be operating on that route six times a week: on Mondays, on Tuesdays, on Wednesdays, on Thursdays, on Saturdays and on Sundays. From July 1st LOT offers its passengers a regular connections to the second airport in Moscow every day. This schedule remains until at least October 27th, i.the end of the summer season. The estimated flight time between Warsaw and Domodedovo takes approx. 2 hours and 10 minutes. The airplanes will take-off from Warsaw at 8:00 p.m. to land in Moscow at 11:10 p.m local time. The flight from Domodedovo to Warsaw is scheduled at 8:00 a.m. and the landing at Warsaw Chopin Airport at 9:20 a.m. “We have decided to launch flights from Warsaw to Moscow Domodedovo Airport to offer wide access to numerous domestic flights in Russia to our passengers who begin their travels in Poland and other European countries. Analysys proves that there is a great potential of air market in Moscow. The total of over 105 thousand passengers travelled between Warsaw and Moscow last year. Our schedule enables passengers from Moscow to transfer via LOT’s hub in Warsaw on their way to many cities in the region, including Budapest, Prague, Kiev, Vilnius, Riga, Tallinn, Sofia, Bucharest, Ljubljana or Madrid. We hope that the new offer will attract both business passengers and tourists. This way, our passengers can choose to fly from Moscow via Poland to further destinations in Europe and return on the same day in the evening” says Adrian Kubicki, Director of Corporate Communications. All flights to the second airport in Moscow will be operated by Embraer jets. That means, on the way to and from Moscow passengers have between 70 and 112 seats at their disposal, in three cabin classes: business, economy premium and economy. Until now LOT has been offering to passengers interested in travelling to Moscow tickets for flights to Sheremetyevo airport only (designated as SVO by the International Air Transport Association IATA). The airport is located in the northern part of the Russian capital. LOT offers flights to Sheremetyevo 14 times a week with frequencies of 2 times a day. Additional frequencies are available thanks to the code-share agreement with Aeroflot. Domodedovo airport (IATA code: DME) is located approx. 40 km to the south-east from the centre of Moscow. According to the recent data, it is among the largest Russian airports in terms of passenger and cargo traffic. “Our initiative to start operations to the second airport in Moscow results in increasing the flexibility and the attractiveness of our offer dedicated to our passengers. If we take into account all flights in Sheremetyevo and Domodedovo, LOT’s offer includes in total 21 weekly flights to Moscow. Moscow has become frequently chosen direction in LOT’s network and one of the key destinations in Eastern Europe. We are sure that the flights to Domodedovo are in favour of passengers travelling to the southern part of the agglomeration”, says Adrian Kubicki. On the Russian market LOT offers regular connections to Moscow, Saint Petersburg and Kaliningrad. The 21st FIFA World Cup shall take place between June 14th and July 15th in Russia. There are two stadiums in Moscow on which the matches shall be played: Luzhniki and Otkrytije Arena. The total of 12 matches shall be played in Moscow, including the opening and the final match. At the beginning of 2016 LOT announced the launch of 50 routes in total, including the ones from Warsaw to Tokyo, Los Angeles, Newark and Astana, and from Cracow to Chicago. In 2018 LOT will fly for the first time among others from Rzeszów to: Tel Aviv (on March 11th) and Newark (on April 30th), and from Warsaw to: Dubrovnik (on May 3rd) and Singapore (from mid May). In 2017 LOT carried over 6.8 million passengers, which is nearly 1.5 million more than a year before and 2.5 million more than in 2015. LOT forecasts that it will have reached the result of 10 million passengers a year by 2020. The tickets for new connection to Moscow Domodedovo Airport are available through all sales channels, i.e. at www.lot.com, via LOT Contact Centre, at LOT Travel offices and at its agents.