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Time Lapse Video: LOT Gets Retro Livery on E-175

Time lapse videos are fun. Retro airline liveries are also fun. Put the two together and you have yourself a winner.

This video was created to celebrate LOT’s 85th anniversary. The Embraer E-175 is painted in the livery that the airline used from 1945 to 1973. It took 12 days and almost 53 gallons of paint to get the job done.

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.

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In-Flight Review: LOT Polish 787 Premium Club

A warm welcome onboard a LOT Boeing 787 Dreamliner. Image: Jeremy Dwyer-Lindgren / Airchive.com

A warm welcome onboard a LOT Boeing 787 Dreamliner. Image: Jeremy Dwyer-Lindgren / Airchive.com

Story & Photos by Jeremy Dwyer-Lindgren – A joint venture between Airchive & AirlineReporter.com

LOT Polish has not exactly been living on easy street over the past few years. The carrier has faced intense competition from deeply entrenched regional full service carriers such as Lufthansa and Air France that have made the effects of the global recession all the more severe. Below the surface the carrier has been shedding routes left and right since 2010 in a bid to increase profitability. The carrier has also been courting partners since 2012 to convince one to buy a major stake in the airline.

But worst of all, the carrier bet the farm on the controversial Boeing 787 Dreamliner for its long-haul operations. Originally intended to help create one of the youngest and most advanced fleets in Europe, the move instead left the Warsaw-based airline with a bunch of expensive pieces of flying plastic when the type was grounded worldwide in January.

Having already sold off all but one of their Boeing 767s by the time of the grounding, the carrier was left up a big creek with a very small paddle. With long-haul operations effectively crippled the carrier hemorrhaged cash to the tune of $50,000 per day for months on end, eventually ending up broke earlier this year. LOT has been taking government loans consistently ever since, and has already admitted that if Boeing doesn’t compensate them for the loss in revenue they are already looking at dire financial straits for 2014.

It is against that backdrop that Airchive was invited by LOT Polish on a roundtrip from New York JFK to Warsaw.

A LOT Boeing 787 Dreamliner. Image: Jeremy Dwyer-Lindgren / Airchive.com

A LOT Boeing 787 Dreamliner. Image: Jeremy Dwyer-Lindgren / Airchive.com

The Flight

Terminal one at New York’s JFK Airport isn’t exactly the airports crowning jewel, but it’s hardly the worst of the bunch either. LOT Polish’s check-in desks are located just below and to the left of the AirTrain entrance, making it an easy find. Premium economy passengers have the option to check in for the flight in at the business class desk, where a friendly LOT employee made check-in quick and easy.

Despite having a fast track security status it took almost thirty minutes to wind through the lanes. Obviously not LOTs fault, but the coach lanes moved faster. Post-security, premium economy passengers can enjoy the Lufthansa lounge at JFK’s Terminal One: this was not clear to us however, and we missed it.

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LOT’s 40th Anniversary to New York, Their 787s and James Bond

Photo from LOT.

LOT Polish Airlines started service to New York in 1973 using the Ilyushin IL-62. Check out those paintings. Photo from LOT.

Hopefully the title of this story makes total sense to you already. What the heck does LOT Polish Airlines celebrating 40 years of flying from Warsaw (WAW) to New York (JFK) have to do with James Bond? Oh just wait.

It was a big step for LOT to start their Warsaw to New York flights in 1973 using the Ilyushin IL-62. “Taking into consideration Poland’s political situation at that time, the launching of airline operations to the US in 1973 should be recognized as a breakthrough in Poland’s relations with the West,” said Sebastian Mikosz, President of LOT Polish Airlines. “We are proud of such a long tradition of this flight, being the most popular among our passengers. Thanks to the well timed and plentiful connections, our North Atlantic flights also generate a big flow of traffic via our Warsaw hub.”

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Europe’s First 787 Dreamliner Goes to LOT Polish Airlines

LOT's first Boeing 787 Dreamliner (SP-LRA) takes off from Paine Field. Image from LOT.

LOT’s first Boeing 787 Dreamliner (SP-LRA) takes off from Paine Field. Image from LOT.

Sure, we could talk about the massive delays and frustrating development process of the Boeing 787, but that will all soon fade into forgotten history as production ramps up and airlines across the world begin taking delivery of the next generation of passenger aircraft.

LOT Polish Airlines this month became the first European airline to take delivery of a new Dreamliner, with the first one landing at Warsaw’s Chopin Airport on Nov. 15 after a celebration ceremony at Boeing’s plant in Everett the day before.

BONUS: Behind the scenes look at the LOT delivery + interior shots

Marcin Pirog, CEO of LOT said, “This is a historic moment for LOT. I am convinced that the addition of the Dreamliner to the fleet of one of the world’s oldest airlines is a crucial moment that will launch a new era of European aviation. I believe it is also the beginning of an exciting journey for LOT with the most modern passenger airplane in the world.”

Photo taken Air to Air during the aircraft's first flight. Photo by Boeing.

Photo taken Air to Air during the aircraft’s first flight. Photo by Boeing.

This delivery is the first of eight Dreamliners that LOT has on order. The cabin is configured with 18 Elite Club seats (Business Class), 21 Premium Club seats (Premium Economy) and 213 seats in Economy Class. Rest assured, only top-notch flight attendants and crew will staff the Dreamliners, making the passenger experience, well, a dream.

LOT's 787 arrives at Warsaw to a water canon salute. Image from LOT.

LOT’s 787 (SP-LRA) arrives at Warsaw to a water canon salute. Image from LOT.

Want to experience a LOT Dreamliner? The first flight will begin on Dec. 14 from Warsaw to Prague. Flights will operate in the U.S. and Canada to Warsaw beginning Jan. 16 from Chicago, Feb. 1 from Toronto and Feb. 3 from New York City.  Over the next eight months, there are more European cities scheduled for Dreamliner short haul flights including Vienna, Munich, Frankfurt, Hanover, Kiev, Budapest and Brussels.

BONUS: Video of LOT’s 787 Dreamliner taking off from Paine Field

Let the new era of aviation in Europe begin!

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This story written by…Travis Griffith.Travis is a published author and professional writer who believes in driving fast, flying high and living today like there’s no tomorrow. Automobiles, aviation and travel top the long list of his varied interests.FaceBook | CarGurus | TSGriffith.com