LOT Polish Airlines is about to add the new Boeing 737 MAX 8 to its expanding fleet.
The first plane of this type will go to the Polish national carrier in November 2017, the second – in December of the same year. In total, until 2020 LOT has contracted the lease of six aircraft of this type, together with an option to lease another five aircraft.
LOT will be one of the first airlines in the world using Boeing 737 MAX 8 and Warsaw Chopin Airport will be their first home in Europe.
The new Boeings will have 186 seats and will be more eco-friendly than the rest of the fleet. The design is lighter by 7 percent and fuel consumption will fall by 14 percent, because the machines will emit less C02. Operating cost will be reduced by 8 percent. Importantly, the aircraft will be quieter by 40 percent and this means lower charges at the airports. The cabin interior will resemble Dreamliner’s, i.a. thanks to large luggage storage containers or lighting.
The six new aircraft will be used to fly to destinations in Europe, including London, Amsterdam, Barcelona and Madrid. The first Boeing will be delivered in November 2017 and the remaining will arrive in Warsaw until April 2018.
“It’s a big moment in the history of LOT. For the first time we announce such a significant development of the fleet. The change is consistent with our strategy to develop as a profitable carrier,” – said Rafal Milczarski, CEO of LOT Polish Airlines.
Previously, the carrier has announced that by the year 2020 it wants to double the number of passengers carried and fleet increased from 45 to 70 aircraft. The plans also extend the network of connections: in the next year, LOT will fly to Newark and Los Angeles.