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Topic: First Revenue Flight Of LOT's 787 Today:)
Username: kamilinlondon
Posted 2012-12-13 23:25:03 and read 13352 times.

Good morning all

The first revenue flight of LOT's first 787 is underway heading to Prague.
Looking forward to see her at Heathrow on the 21/12/12..


Good day..

Topic: RE: First Revenue Flight Of LOT's 787 Today:)
Username: PlaneHunter
Posted 2012-12-14 00:18:20 and read 13243 times.

SP-LRA, operating LO523, left WAW a bit late and just made a go-around/flyby at PRG according to Flighradar24 - most likely part of the show.


PH

Topic: RE: First Revenue Flight Of LOT's 787 Today:)
Username: LTU330
Posted 2012-12-14 00:42:42 and read 13169 times.

....it's also scheduled to operate to MUC this afternoon. Due at 16:25 local. I need to make sure the shopping that my wife has planned is done and dusted in time get to there with the camera !

Topic: RE: First Revenue Flight Of LOT's 787 Today:)
Username: ThomasCook
Posted 2012-12-14 02:26:24 and read 12937 times.

Hello,

Just got to my hotel in Prague following the flight...what can I say? It was wonderful! The interior is excellent and to a very high standard. Economy had excellent leg room, quality noise cancelling headsets and overall great comfort. Premium Economy also looked great as did Business. The crew where extremely accommodating with all us enthusiasts all over the cabin taking pictures, videos and exploring throuout boarding, inflight and after landing. We even had the flightdeck available to visit. Departure was slightly late due to de-icing and our approach was changed due to weather (although maybe we did do a fly past?). On arrival there was a gate party along we many, many spotters lining the approach path and runway. Airport staff from all departments also turned out in their masses to greet the 787. Overall, a wonderful experience and a great day for Polish and European aviation along with an historic milestone for LOT.

Thanks
ThomasCook

Topic: RE: First Revenue Flight Of LOT's 787 Today:)
Username: LondonCity
Posted 2012-12-14 03:39:05 and read 12666 times.

Quoting ThomasCook (Reply 4):
Economy had excellent leg room, quality noise cancelling headsets and overall great comfort.

Good that's the legroom is excellent. But how did you find sideways space when seated 3-3-3 ? Was Y class fully booked ?

Topic: RE: First Revenue Flight Of LOT's 787 Today:)
Username: gr09
Posted 2012-12-14 04:23:58 and read 12499 times.

A photo from PRG:
http://www.planes.cz/cs/photo/115681...-lot-lot-lo-praha-ruzyne-prg-lkpr/

Topic: RE: First Revenue Flight Of LOT's 787 Today:)
Username: PlaneHunter
Posted 2012-12-14 04:25:32 and read 12494 times.

Here's a video from the visit to PRG:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hX8Q9Qprrvc&feature=youtu.be


PH

Topic: RE: First Revenue Flight Of LOT's 787 Today:)
Username: FWAERJ
Posted 2012-12-14 07:33:54 and read 11998 times.

On a related note, when will LO's 787 hit the JFK-WAW and ORD-WAW routes?

If it's soon, particularly for ORD, I might want to connect in WAW if going to Europe over LHR/CDG/FRA just so I can try a Dreamliner.

Topic: RE: First Revenue Flight Of LOT's 787 Today:)
Username: _AA_777_MAN
Posted 2012-12-14 07:58:17 and read 11682 times.

Quoting FWAERJ (Reply 8):
On a related note, when will LO's 787 hit the JFK-WAW and ORD-WAW routes?

WAW-ORD will be the first North American route, I believe it starts early January.

Topic: RE: First Revenue Flight Of LOT's 787 Today:)
Username: hoya
Posted 2012-12-14 08:14:08 and read 11509 times.

WAW-ORD starts mid-January. Let's hope LO survives long enough to receive all its 787s; the CEO, who was on the job for just two years, was ousted yesterday due to LO ' s continuing losses.

Topic: RE: First Revenue Flight Of LOT's 787 Today:)
Username: kamilinlondon
Posted 2012-12-14 08:27:53 and read 11346 times.

Quoting ThomasCook (Reply 4):

This year I flew with BA,KLM,Lufthansa,BMI and LOT. And LOT was the most pleasant flight I ever flew on. Great to see her exploring the skies of Europe first. 2nd one due to handover at the end of the year , another 3 till late March.

Regards Kamilinlondon.

Topic: RE: First Revenue Flight Of LOT's 787 Today:)
Username: shamrock350
Posted 2012-12-14 08:59:50 and read 10992 times.

I just arrived in Munich after a wonderful flight on the Dreamliner, it's a very impressive aircraft and the crew were excellent. I was sat in the rear economy section and there was plenty of space, probably the most spacious economy cabin I've ever experienced, it's also incredibly quiet with it almost being silent in some parts of the cruise. I actually found this mornings E195 much louder! It was interesting to see enthusiasts and ordinary passengers mixing and I echo ThomasCook in saying the crew were very accommodating to everyone roaming around the cabin and taking photos, I never once saw them stop smiling.

It was nice to test out the entertainment system, seems resonable enough with new TV shows and movies. The personal screens are very sensitive though and the slightest knock seems to turn them off, a simple press of the power button brings it back immediately but it happened more than once to a few people during the short flight. Anyone thinking of flying the 787 with LOT should note that row 27 has no window and just a blank wall, there's no window at the emergency exit row 20 either so avoid those.

Towards the end of the flight the Captain apologised to passengers towards the front for the increased noise, apparently a faulty air seal that Boeing engineers were working on. Didn't have any problem where I was sitting though!

Congratulations LOT / Boeing!

Topic: RE: First Revenue Flight Of LOT's 787 Today:)
Username: kamilinlondon
Posted 2012-12-14 09:15:59 and read 10806 times.

Quoting shamrock350 (Reply 12):

Brilliant!!!

Topic: RE: First Revenue Flight Of LOT's 787 Today:)
Username: LondonCity
Posted 2012-12-14 09:32:45 and read 10562 times.

Quoting hoya (Reply 10):
Let's hope LO survives long enough to receive all its 787s; the CEO, who was on the job for just two years, was ousted yesterday due to LO ' s continuing losses.

It seems loss-making LOT will receive a gov handout provided it cuts costs and reduces staff numbers:

http://atwonline.com/airline-finance...d%3A+AtwDailyNews+(ATW+Daily+News)

Topic: RE: First Revenue Flight Of LOT's 787 Today:)
Username: kamilinlondon
Posted 2012-12-14 09:58:57 and read 10259 times.

Quoting LondonCity (Reply 14):

Unlucky 13th for this CEO.

Topic: RE: First Revenue Flight Of LOT's 787 Today:)
Username: northstardc4m
Posted 2012-12-14 10:17:21 and read 10070 times.

Quoting _AA_777_MAN (Reply 9):

Quoting FWAERJ (Reply 8):
On a related note, when will LO's 787 hit the JFK-WAW and ORD-WAW routes?

WAW-ORD will be the first North American route, I believe it starts early January.

WAW-YYZ switches to 787-8 on Feb 1st...
WAW-JFK is still showing 767300ER as of Feb 7th, i can't get flight equipment after that...
WAW-ORD switches to 787-8 Jan 16th...

Topic: RE: First Revenue Flight Of LOT's 787 Today:)
Username: planeguy727
Posted 2012-12-14 13:23:02 and read 8305 times.

I am booked on the LO 787 from WAW-MUC on Saturday. At the lounge in JFK for the flight over to WAW right now. Looking forward to it.

Topic: RE: First Revenue Flight Of LOT's 787 Today:)
Username: FlySwiss
Posted 2012-12-14 13:53:47 and read 8033 times.

Looking forward for my LOT B787 flight in a month WAW-VIE.

Topic: RE: First Revenue Flight Of LOT's 787 Today:)
Username: aloges
Posted 2012-12-14 14:32:07 and read 7701 times.

Quoting shamrock350 (Reply 12):
Anyone thinking of flying the 787 with LOT should note that row 27 has no window and just a blank wall, there's no window at the emergency exit row 20 either so avoid those.

Phew! Glad I reserved 25A on my 787 joyride, by now all the window seats seem to be taken - would have been a shame to be stuck in a windowless seat.

Thanks much!

Topic: RE: First Revenue Flight Of LOT's 787 Today:)
Username: WROORD
Posted 2012-12-14 17:58:23 and read 6526 times.

ThomasCook and Shamrock350 thanks for your reports and first impressions. I love the video from Prague - someone showed up on a horse??? The snopw and fog adds elements of mystery to it..

Topic: RE: First Revenue Flight Of LOT's 787 Today:)
Username: topgun3
Posted 2012-12-14 19:11:55 and read 6201 times.

Little better video of the event :

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8GzraS5xGfQ

Topic: RE: First Revenue Flight Of LOT's 787 Today:)
Username: planeguy727
Posted 2012-12-15 01:39:58 and read 5277 times.

Thanks for the heads up Shamrock. I was booked in 27A but was able to change to a real window seat. Hanging out in the LO business lounge waiting for time to pass and the 787 to take me to MUC.

Topic: RE: First Revenue Flight Of LOT's 787 Today:)
Username: gr09
Posted 2012-12-15 01:56:49 and read 5243 times.

Quoting planeguy727 (Reply 22):
Hanging out in the LO business lounge waiting for time to pass and the 787 to take me to MUC.

Please post some photos of the interior after your flight. Or even flight deck  

Topic: RE: First Revenue Flight Of LOT's 787 Today:)
Username: ThomasCook
Posted 2012-12-15 02:22:32 and read 5206 times.

Quoting LondonCity (Reply 5):

I found the cabin to be very spacious with a lot of headroom and aisles seemed in line with other aircraft including larger aircraft I work on. I'd say Y was around 80-85% full with W and J being 100% full. Here is a picture;


image by 92c4f6c83eac608e93306c5609e94d25, on Flickr

Thanks
ThomasCook

Topic: RE: First Revenue Flight Of LOT's 787 Today:)
Username: ordwaw
Posted 2012-12-15 02:31:52 and read 5242 times.

Quoting planeguy727 (Reply 22):
Hanging out in the LO business lounge waiting for time to pass and the 787 to take me to MUC

Hey planeguy727, have you just flown from JFK to WAW to be on the SP-LRA flight to MUC and are flying back from MUC to JFK in the evening? Just curious how far a.netters will go ...

Topic: RE: First Revenue Flight Of LOT's 787 Today:)
Username: planeguy727
Posted 2012-12-15 02:58:08 and read 5303 times.

I did just fly JFK-WAW to meet up with the 787 to MUC. However, I will overnight in MUC then fly SQ to MAN and SK to ARN. Overnight at the jumbo hostel at ARN. Then I do SK ARN-BRU (737-600), SK BRU-OSL, SK OSL-FRA and overnight in FRA. Finally I will do SQ FRA-JFK on the A380. For me I will get my first 787, A380, 737-600, first LO, SK, and SQ flights on this trip. How's that for a.nut crazy?

Topic: RE: First Revenue Flight Of LOT's 787 Today:)
Username: planeguy727
Posted 2012-12-15 02:59:53 and read 5320 times.

Forgot to mention, apparently LO has decided to give me a free upgrade to Business on the 787

Topic: RE: First Revenue Flight Of LOT's 787 Today:)
Username: ordwaw
Posted 2012-12-15 03:08:08 and read 5403 times.

Quoting planeguy727 (Reply 26):
I did just fly JFK-WAW to meet up with the 787 to MUC. However, I will overnight in MUC then fly SQ to MAN and SK to ARN. Overnight at the jumbo hostel at ARN. Then I do SK ARN-BRU (737-600), SK BRU-OSL, SK OSL-FRA and overnight in FRA. Finally I will do SQ FRA-JFK on the A380. For me I will get my first 787, A380, 737-600, first LO, SK, and SQ flights on this trip. How's that for a.nut crazy?

This is simply awesome. (And crazy at the same time, but I would do it if I could). Quite a few 'virgin' experiences. Hope you take some pictures and share your fun with us via TRs ... Wish I knew earlier I would have shown you Warsaw ...

Topic: RE: First Revenue Flight Of LOT's 787 Today:)
Username: planeguy727
Posted 2012-12-15 03:09:56 and read 5389 times.

Sorry ordwaw. Next time I plan to actually visit the city.

Topic: RE: First Revenue Flight Of LOT's 787 Today:)
Username: planeguy727
Posted 2012-12-15 04:12:48 and read 5334 times.

Here's a simple pic http://twitter.com/MichaelPMcNeil/status/279918902727802880/photo/1

Topic: RE: First Revenue Flight Of LOT's 787 Today:)
Username: aloges
Posted 2012-12-15 04:33:07 and read 5267 times.

Quoting planeguy727 (Reply 26):
How's that for a.nut crazy?

What's crazy about that?    If you've got the time and the money (or nonrev seats), you do it!   

Topic: RE: First Revenue Flight Of LOT's 787 Today:)
Username: planeguy727
Posted 2012-12-15 04:37:48 and read 5257 times.

I don't think it is crazy; however, my family feels differently. It was a birthday present to myself.

Topic: RE: First Revenue Flight Of LOT's 787 Today:)
Username: aloges
Posted 2012-12-15 05:51:19 and read 5182 times.

Quoting planeguy727 (Reply 32):
I don't think it is crazy; however, my family feels differently.

LOL, that always amuses me. Huge numbers of people have interests on which they spend a lot of time and money, yet somehow it's weird when you spend them on flying as opposed to game or concert tickets.

Quoting planeguy727 (Reply 32):
It was a birthday present to myself.

I deliberately spent parts of my last two birthdays high above the Atlantic, so I can only say one thing to you: well done!  

Topic: RE: First Revenue Flight Of LOT's 787 Today:)
Username: ThomasCook
Posted 2012-12-15 12:29:22 and read 4902 times.

Here are some more;


image by 92c4f6c83eac608e93306c5609e94d25, on Flickr


image by 92c4f6c83eac608e93306c5609e94d25, on Flickr


image by 92c4f6c83eac608e93306c5609e94d25, on Flickr

Thanks
ThomasCook

Topic: RE: First Revenue Flight Of LOT's 787 Today:)
Username: shamrock350
Posted 2012-12-15 13:49:43 and read 4788 times.

Great photos ThomasCook, love that engine and wing view!

Here's one from my flight.

http://i1156.photobucket.com/albums/p578/Kev_Andrew/IMG_1997_zps1d36d9a6.jpg

Shamrock350

Topic: RE: First Revenue Flight Of LOT's 787 Today:)
Username: PlaneHunter
Posted 2012-12-16 11:32:25 and read 4345 times.

I've just posted a report about my MUC-WAW-MUC trip on the Dreamliner:

100th Report: LOT 787 Dream)Liner, 1st Day Of Ops (by PlaneHunter Dec 16 2012 in Trip Reports)


PH

Topic: RE: First Revenue Flight Of LOT's 787 Today:)
Username: aloges
Posted 2012-12-16 15:31:42 and read 4144 times.

...and she's back out of service. On Sunday, LO375 (WAW-MUC) was operated by a 734 instead of SP-LRA, reason given: computer problems. My source is a friend who flew MUC-WAW-MUC - the inbound to WAW was operated by the 787.

Fingers crossed!

Topic: RE: First Revenue Flight Of LOT's 787 Today:)
Username: ordwaw
Posted 2012-12-16 18:05:18 and read 4012 times.

Quoting aloges (Reply 36):

This is to confirm. According to LOT's Facebook page, Sunday B787 flights WAW-MUC-WAW were operated by B734.

The passengers initially boarded the 787, began taxiing, then returned to the gate.

The official cause given by LOT at this time is unforeseen circumstances.

As an aside, Friday's PRG-WAW flight was operated at a low altitude, around FL150 due to a faulty door seals/gasket. Actually someone in this thread mentioned the pilot apologizing for noise in the forward cabin.

Let's see whether 7:35 am flight WAW-VIE on Monday will resume 787 tour. Fingers crossed.

Topic: RE: First Revenue Flight Of LOT's 787 Today:)
Username: N62NA
Posted 2012-12-16 18:23:33 and read 3965 times.

Quoting northstardc4m (Reply 15):
WAW-JFK is still showing 767300ER as of Feb 7th, i can't get flight equipment after that.

It's too bad LOT stopped serving EWR (still don't understand why since EWR is a Star Alliance - well, UA - hub). I would have liked to have seen a 787 that isn't UA at EWR some day.

Topic: RE: First Revenue Flight Of LOT's 787 Today:)
Username: PlaneHunter
Posted 2012-12-17 00:05:16 and read 3766 times.

Quoting aloges (Reply 36):
...and she's back out of service. On Sunday, LO375 (WAW-MUC) was operated by a 734 instead of SP-LRA, reason given: computer problems. My source is a friend who flew MUC-WAW-MUC - the inbound to WAW was operated by the 787.
Quoting ordwaw (Reply 37):

This is to confirm. According to LOT's Facebook page, Sunday B787 flights WAW-MUC-WAW were operated by B734.

The passengers initially boarded the 787, began taxiing, then returned to the gate.

The official cause given by LOT at this time is unforeseen circumstances.

That's too bad.

Quoting ordwaw (Reply 37):
As an aside, Friday's PRG-WAW flight was operated at a low altitude, around FL150 due to a faulty door seals/gasket

Interesting.

Quoting ordwaw (Reply 37):
Let's see whether 7:35 am flight WAW-VIE on Monday will resume 787 tour. Fingers crossed.

SP-LRA is on the way.


PH

Topic: RE: First Revenue Flight Of LOT's 787 Today:)
Username: Delta777Jet
Posted 2012-12-18 03:53:27 and read 3224 times.

Hi folks,

I have been on the LO 787 flight on Friday from Warsaw to Munich. As I am Star Gold I got Upgraded to Business Class. The Seat is very comfotable, just to short for me when flat (I am 1,92cm/6'4''). I can not lay down  
The plane is very nice, nice colors, quite and a big big improvement over every 767 flying around with very friendly crew.

On the way back the plane got downgraded to a 21 year old 737-400 with a 3 hour delay. Even though MUC has a curfew starting at 11pm we departed at 12:17am (insted of 9:25pm) to Warsaw. The crew was neither friendly and did not apologize for the plance change nor the delay.

I am not suprised that LOT is at the edge of bancrupcy with the service they offer on the old 737/767's .
Hopefully with the new Dreamliners and maybe new Eurofleet they will enhance their service and "friendlyness" to become a sucessful niche player.

Trip Report of the 787 follows.


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