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PHOTO TOUR: An Inside Look at LOT Airline’s Aircraft Maintenance Services

On overview of hangar four shows a handful of aircraft in the shop. Most notably however, is the LOT 737-400 in the foreground. The airplane, now out of service, was painted gold to celebrate the free and fair elections in the country after the fall of communism.

On overview of hangar four shows a handful of aircraft in the shop. Most notably however, is the LOT 737-400 in the foreground. The airplane, now out of service, was painted gold to celebrate the free and fair elections in the country after the fall of communism.

By Jeremy Dwyer-Lindgren and originally published November 20, 2013 on Airchive.com

As part of our trip to Poland in October we had an opportunity to visit LOT Aircraft Maintenance Services on a Saturday afternoon. Technically separate from LOT, the company can handle anything from a simple tire repair to a heavy D-check, aircraft painting to 737 avionics.

Welcome to Hangar 4 at LOT AMS outside of Warsaw, Poland. The maintenance service was part of LOT Polish until 2010, when it became an independent company.

Welcome to Hangar 4 at LOT AMS outside of Warsaw, Poland. The maintenance service was part of LOT Polish until 2010, when it became an independent company.

During our visit to the facility, the outside looked a little rough (as you can see above). Since then they have fixed it up quite nicely and it looks much better.

While the facility can handle everything from Boeing 787s to DC3s, AMS works primarily with Embraer aircraft as an authorized service center. Here a LOT Embraer 170 receives some attention on a Saturday afternoon.

While the facility can handle everything from Boeing 787s to DC3s, AMS works primarily with Embraer aircraft as an authorized service center. Here a LOT Embraer 170 receives some attention on a Saturday afternoon.

Image: Jeremy Dwyer-Lindgren / Airchive.com

A LOT engine still attached to the plane in the facility.

A worker polishes a fuselage on an airplane.

A worker polishes a fuselage on an airplane.

LOT's short haul fleet is made of E170s and E190 aircraft, like this E170 seen here undergoing a regular maintenance check.

LOT’s short haul fleet is made of E170s and E190 aircraft, like this E170 seen here undergoing a regular maintenance check.

 

Done for the day, an airplane is pushed out of the hangar to the flight line.

Done for the day, an airplane is pushed out of the hangar to the flight line.

A catwalk from the top of the hangar reveals some spectacular, vertigo inducing views.

A catwalk from the top of the hangar reveals some spectacular, vertigo inducing views.

The nose of the Golden Plane from up above.

The nose of the Golden Plane from up above.

In another hangar nearby a former LOT Boeing 767-200 is going through a heavy D-check.

In another hangar nearby a former LOT Boeing 767-300 (reg: SP-LPA) is going through a heavy D-check.

Almost everything has been stripped from the airplane, down to the plastic liners for the windows.

Almost everything has been stripped from the 767e, down to the plastic liners for the windows.

Even the RAM air turbine is out, something not usually seen.

Even the 767’s RAM air turbine is out, something not usually seen.

The interior has been nearly completely stripped of its interior, all seats and carpet have been removed.

The 767 interior has been nearly completely stripped of its interior, all seats and carpet have been removed.

The open emergency exit doors over the wings.

The open emergency exit doors over the wings.

Many of the gauges on the flight deck have been removed as well, pretty much anything that can be taken off has been.

Many of the gauges on the flight deck have been removed as well, pretty much anything that can be taken off has been.

The tail of the LOT Boeing 767.

The tail of the LOT Boeing 767.

All images taken by Jeremy Dwyer-Lindgren / Airchive.com

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