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November 28, 2012

LOT Receives Europe’s First Boeing 787 Dreamliner

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LOT's first Boeing 787 Dreamliner (SP-LRA) takes off from Everett, Washington. (Photo by Boeing)

LOT Polish Airlines earlier this month took delivery of its first Boeing 787-8 Dreamliner, marking the first delivery of the type to a Europe-based carrier.

[Disclaimer: This happened two weeks ago but better to post late than never.]

“This is a historic moment for LOT,” said Marcin Pirog, chief executive officer of LOT, in a statement. “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.”

LOT has a total of eight 787s on order.

Poland’s national carrier will begin 787 service between its Warsaw hub and Chicago O’Hare on January 16, followed by Toronto on February 1, New York-JFK on February 3 and Beijing on March 3.

“Today’s 787 delivery represents a very significant milestone in the partnership between Boeing and LOT Polish Airlines,” said Ray Conner, president and CEO of Boeing Commercial Airplanes. “As LOT becomes the first European airline to operate the 787, this delivery marks the next chapter in history for both LOT and the European aviation industry.”



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