The Boeing 787 Dreamliner aircrafts in LOT’s livery have already carried half a million travellers! A careful statistical analysis has clearly pointed out on Maciej Kołodziej who has bought the ticket as the Half a Millionth Passenger of those most advanced and comfortable airliners which operate on long-haul flights of LOT. Mr. Kołodziej flied today at 4:45 pm from Warsaw to New York. On that occasion, LOT has prepared a surprise at Warsaw Frederic Chopin Airport.
Among the attractions waiting for Maciej Kołodziej was not only a cake made of airplane cookies and a Dreamliner’s gift handed by Sebastian Mikosz, CEO, LOT Polish Airlines. The biggest surprise for the Half a Millionth Passenger, and numerous travellers at the Warsaw Airport, was an unusual flash mob performed by artists from ROMA Music Theatre. As a part of advanced preparations for Polish premiere of “Mamma Mia!” musical, the artists of the Theatre performed fragments of songs “I have a Dream” and “Mamma Mia”.
“I am glad that we could greet the Half a Millionth passenger on board of our Dreamliner in such a solemn manner. The number of passengers carried with the aircrafts, which we have had only since the last year, is as big a population of Poznań or even exceeds that of Gdansk. Boeing 787 is an exceptionally comfortable aircraft that is appreciated by travellers especially on long-haul flights, such as the one to New York. It is because of the opportunity to fly in those jets and experience the highest onboard service standard that more and more customers choose LOT. There is firm data to evidence that – we have been carrying more passengers on long-haul flights this year, in all classes, than we did the last year. I congratulate Mr. Kołodziej and I believe the today’s flight will be a flight of dreams for you” – said Sebastian Mikosz, CEO, LOT Polish Airlines while handing the prize.
The Half a Millionth Passenger of Dreamliner, who has purchased a ticket for the economy class, was given an upgrade to LOT Business Class and a voucher for any flight of LOT’s flights network, amounting to the symbolic PLN 787. Mr. M. Kołodziej received also gifts from the management of Frederic Chopin Airport and an invitation to the premiere of Polish version of “Mamma Mia!” musical performed by ROMA Musical Theatre.
“Warsaw Frederic Chopin Airport is the first European home to Dreamliner and we are very proud of that. The world’s most advanced airplane is a huge attraction and it still arouses great interest of passengers and all those who dream about flying. We are glad that together with LOT Polish Airlines we can offer our customers direct flights on the Dreamliners to four continents and that way bring Warsaw and Poland closer to the entire world. This is our undeniable advantage over most airports in Central Europe” – says Michał Kaczmarczyk, Director, Warsaw Frederic Chopin Airport.
LOT’s Dreamliners, the flagship airliners of the carrier have attracted more and more passengers. They offer unprecedented comfort to the passengers. This is, among others, due to the noise level reduced by 60% and pressure maintained at an appropriate level. More oxygen and proper humidity reduce the jet lag effect. In addition to that, the aircraft cabin is illuminated with a unique LED lighting system. On long-haul flights, the passenger fall asleep in light imitating the night sky, and at dawn, they are woken up by light that imitates times of day which are natural to the body. Therefore, it is easier to adapt to new time zones. The 787 aircraft can accommodate 252 passengers. It offers 20% lower fuel consumption and is more environmentally-friendly. Moreover, with the 30% larger window area, the horizon is visible at a height of a passenger’s eyes.
There are three classes offered to the passengers of LOT’s Dreamliners: LOT Business class with seats folding to form a flat bed and service as in the best restaurant; LOT Premium class with larger seats, headrests and footrests with varied menu of meals and drinks, and LOT Economy class with comfortable seats with headrests and footrests and superb free catering.
Currently, LOT flies 6 Dreamliners. Named gracefully Franek by passengers in an on-line contest, the newest one joined the fleet in May last year. LOT has started to partially operate long-haul flights with Boeing 787 aircrafts in June 2013, gradually putting Boeing 767 airliners out of use. Two months later, in August 2013, all flights to New York, Chicago, Toronto and Beijing were operated with Beings 787. By the end of 2017, LOT will have 8 of those state-of-the-art aircrafts in its long-haul fleet.