Poland’s LOT to launch three Asian routes
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LOT Polish Airlines has announced plans to add three new Asian cities to its route map next year.
As part of its new long-haul strategy, the Warsaw-based national carrier will start flying to Tokyo on 13 January 2016, marking the first direct connection between Poland and Japan. The airline will then launch new services to Bangkok and Seoul in autumn 2016.
In addition, LOT will add more flights to its New York and Chicago routes for the 2015-16 winter schedules.
The new routes will be facilitated by the airline’s new fleet of fuel-efficient Boeing 787 Dreamliner aircraft.
“Opening new long-haul destinations is essential for our development, which is why we will launch them as quickly as possible,” said Sebastian Mikosz, CEO of LOT.
“Even now, connections operated by the Dreamliner are the most profitable part of our business. LOT is the only airline that offers on a larger scale, convenient, regular flights from Poland and New Europe to New York, Chicago, Toronto and Beijing. Four current connections will be supplemented with three more, and later this year, LOT will announce two new long-haul destinations to operate in 2016.
“After opening these five new destinations next year, LOT will more than double its network of long-haul connections compared to today,” he added.
LOT became the first European airline to fly the Dreamliner and now operates a fleet of six B787-8s, with two more scheduled for delivery. The aircraft are equipped with a total of 252 seats – 18 in business class, 21 in premium economy and 213 in economy. All of the airline’s long-haul routes are operated using these aircraft.
Tickets for flights to Tokyo are already bookable, and the Bangkok and Seoul services will go on sale this autumn.
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