I see that they omitted the flag on the tail - nicer, sleeker look. Did they reconfigure the interior into a VIP layout or added fuel tanks to further improve on the ER's range? Maybe a new version of this would turn up in there again somewhere.....
DEVILFISH From Philippines, joined Jan 2006, 4600 posts, RR: 1 Reply 7, posted (3 years 6 months 3 weeks 3 days 15 hours ago) and read 6179 times:
Quoting BuyantUkhaa (Reply 6): To have such a major cabin refit in 1,5 months would be quite fast...
My thinking as well. Being just a leased aircraft, it may be nothing more than a livery change (does the Government own a large block of LOT?) Or perhaps this is limited work still in progress - removal and replacement of regular seating with club seats and divans (some completion centers might be fighting for work during these times despite announcements of backlogs -- and might be able to pull it off in short notice), though exterior repainting ahead of interior refit may not be the common sequence. A significant reduction in the number of seats could gain a marked improvement in range - if the lease allows for such a change (lease to own?) Not sure if a supplemental Type Certificate would be required for these changes.
BuyantUkhaa From Mongolia, joined May 2004, 2809 posts, RR: 3 Reply 9, posted (3 years 6 months 3 weeks 3 days 7 hours ago) and read 5975 times:
Quoting WROORD (Reply 8): As far as I remember reading the lease is for two years so the Polish Govm't has time to come up with a permanent solution but taking bids for two long-haul and three or four short-haul aircraft.
So it seems that indeed it was a reaction to the loss of the Tu145.