This is part two of the journey on LOT Polish’s new Boeing 787 Dreamliners. Part one, in premium economy, is available here.
After four days well spent touring Poland it was time to come home. While our initial trip was in LOT’s new premium economy, dubbed Premium Club, our return would be in Elite Club, or business class. Having started the trek back to New York from the southern Polish city of Krakow, we arrived to the domestic wing of Warsaw’s Chopin Airport and headed for the lounge.
LOT’s premium lounge is centrally located after security, above the main floor, but before passport control. The wooden decor mixed with lots of greenery made for a pleasing, comfortable aesthetic. Seating areas, split into smaller sections, boasted cozy chairs and coat racks. A selection of hot and cold food along with a generous selection of drinks could be found at several locations. The space was generally well stocked and clean. Unfortunately it was extremely crowded during our visit, and thus our stay was quite short.
Back in the terminal we made our way through passport control and to a second post-passport-control lounge. It was not a LOT lounge, but rather a private non-airline lounge that served any premium passengers at the airport. While not quite as nice or as well apportioned as LOT’s, it was arguably larger and (most importantly) far less crowded.
Boarding followed a thirty minute delay, and Elite Club passengers utilized a separate gateway to the forward-most door. Being one of the last to board we were surprised to see the business class cabin virtually empty, with well under half the cabin filled. Bags easily found a home in the overhead bins, though it would not have been an issue if the cabin were full either. Not long after taking our seat in 2F friendly flight attendants came by offering us a selection of preflight drinks and newspapers. Following a smooth departure our aircraft climbed steadily over Warsaw and headed west towards the Atlantic coast.