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100th Report: LOT 787 Dream)Liner, 1st Day Of Ops  
User currently offlinePlaneHunter From Germany, joined Mar 2006, 6714 posts, RR: 78
Posted (1 year 7 months 1 week 1 day 8 hours ago) and read 32767 times:




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Intro
Flying on the elegant Boeing 787 Dream)Liner was high on my list since the first plane had entered commercial service. When LOT announced that it would send its first 787 to several European destinations - including Munich - before starting long-haul operations, I immediately checked flying times and fares. Here's the schedule:
http://d2trcpvq5mhv9e.cloudfront.net/pdf/dreamliner_en.pdf

Less than 12 hours later, I decided to book a MUC-WAW-MUC roundtrip for me and my wife who was also interested in trying this brand new bird. In order to reduce the risk of missing the desired plane due to a schedule change, I chose 787-operated flights both ways. This aspect was more important than my habit to avoid "flying the same reg twice".  Wink

The outbound flight would leave on December 14, the first day of commercial 787 operations, the inbound flight would take place one day later. After a seamless booking process on LOT's website, I was even able to reserve seats on both segments. Perfect!  thumbsup 

Originally, I reserved seats in rows 26 and 28, but I was a bit concerned about the missing window in the 787's rear section. Unfortunately, it wasn't possible to find reliable information about the exact location. So, in order to avoid a negative surprise, I switched to 10H and 10J on the MUC-WAW flight (no seats in rear section left) and to 29A and 29B on the WAW-MUC flight.




Friday, 14 December 2012
Munich (MUC) - Warsaw (WAW)
LOT Polish Airlines LO354
Scheduled times: 19:25-21:00
Actual times: 19:35-21:07
Flight duration: 01:11 (hrs)
Distance: 484 miles
Economy Class, seat 24J

Boeing 787-8
SP-LRA (s/n 061),
Delivered in 11/2012


1st flight on SP-LRA
1st 787 flight
147th airline



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We arrived at MUC almost three hours before departure, so we first visited the nice Christmas market under the roof of the Munich Airport Center and enjoyed some mulled wine and punch...



During the check-in process on the day before, I had noticed that 24H and 24J were suddenly available and I happily gave up 10H and 10J. We received mobile boarding passes, but I also wanted to pick up printed ones. After entering our data into a check-in kiosk, the system suddenly showed 24G and 24H - aisle and middle seat. Apparently we had been reseated after checking in and the window seat was gone now - just like all other window seats with adjacent aisle seat.  thumbsdown 

So we went to a web check-in counter where a very friendly male Lufthansa agent welcomed us. After loading the seatmap, he asked: "Are you aware of the aircraft type you will fly on?" I replied with a smile: "Of course, it's the Dreamliner. The one and only reason why we booked this flight!" He smiled as well and said: "You belong to those few people who take notice!"

He told us that 24J was still available and kept wondering why we had been reseated. Then he moved us to 24H and 24J again and also asked about our seat preference for the return flight. He even showed us the map and said that most seats were still available. I ensured that we wanted to keep 29A and 29B as planned and he printed the boarding passes. "You can still pick up new boarding passes at Warsaw if you want to have LOT ones as well", he added and wished us a pleasant journey.  thumbsup 

Then we passed security and immediately walked to G48, the southernmost gate at Terminal 2. And here it is, LOT's first Dreamliner, registered SP-LRA:


SP-LRA had made its first commercial flight in the morning, heading to Prague. After returning to Warsaw, it rested for a while and then flew to Munich where it arrived at 16:25. The event had created lots of attention among spotters and in the media considering that it was the first ever Boeing 787 visit to MUC.

We were very surprised to find out that a gate party was in full swing...





Delicious snacks and desserts were available...





...as well as a LOT 787 cake:



There was even a Bavarian brass music band:



Of course we happily joined the party and enjoyed some tasty snacks and high-quality sparkling wine:



LO354 was also operating under an ANA flight number:



Nice Dreamliner images on other gate screens:



Boarding commenced about 40 minutes before departure, Business Class and Premium Economy class passengers were invited to use a dedicated jetbridge at G47. All passengers received a nice certificate...



...and delicious white chocolate truffles:



The card's backside:



Very friendly flight attendants welcomed us at the aircraft door and in the aisles - it was obvious that they were as happy about this special flight as many passengers. I immediately liked the spacious feel and the lighting in the cabin which is equipped with 213 Economy Class seats:





Seat features include cupholder, coat hook and USB port:



We stored our stuff in the spacious bins and I started exploring the cabin before taking my seat. Numerous people kept taking pictures during boarding, with some of them using smartphones. I guess even some non-enthusiasts wanted to record this event. There was also a TV team moving through the cabin and interviewing people. Like most other 787 operators, LOT chose a 3-3-3 Economy Class configuration:



"Missing window mystery" solved - row 27 should be avoided:



Door 4R:



Spacious galley:



Now it was time to check the seating comfort. LOT offers plenty of legroom (at least 32 inches of pitch)...



...and all you can find under the seat is the footrest - I didn't see IFE boxes anywhere:


I like the seat's cushion, but the 16.9-inch width may pose a problem for many travellers. It's about the same width which can be found on 3-4-3-configured 777s. Did I feel more cramped on the 787? Honestly, I cannot answer that question without a doubt, but what I immediately noticed was a lack of shoulder space. I wouldn't want to spend 10 hours in a middle seat between two strangers.

The windows on the Boeing 787 are larger than on other airliners and equipped with dimmers rather than shades. Here's the control unit:


Dimming and un-dimming worked fine, but I still need to take a day flight on the Dreamliner for final judgement.

LOT chose high-quality handsets - but dark blue symbols on black buttons are hard to recognize:



The high-quality headphones (distributed after takeoff) are probably the best ones I have ever received in Economy Class:



Safety card:



Inflight magazine:



Fleet information page...


I couldn't find an obvious mistake, but I doubt that only two ATR 42-500s are left in the EuroLOT fleet. The remaining ATR 72-200s and LOT's remaining 737-500s aren't mentioned at all - some frames are still active according to ATDB. And there should be 8 Bombardier Q400s in the EuroLOT fleet. Maybe some Polish members know can clear that up?

The welcome screen...


...and maps were appearing on all screens alternately:



More details:



And even more details:





The purser made a welcome announcement which was a bit hard to understand due to the noise coming from the air conditioning system. She referred to the first day of the airline's Dreamliner operations and said: "We are very proud to be the first European airline to fly the Boeing 787, the most modern airliner in the world."

Shortly afterwards, the captain also made a short announcement and explained that a few passengers were still missing. He didn't refer to the aircraft type at this point of time. Only a few minutes later, doors were finally closed. The flight wasn't full, but LOT could enjoy a healthy load. Of course we were glad that the aisle seat in our row had remained empty.

Unfortunately, it wasn't possible to take a decent picture through the window. What a gorgeous wing design:



After the safety video...


...we were pushed back 10 minutes behind schedule. I had been curious about the Rolls-Royce Trent 1000 start-up - and it proved to be rather loud and therefore very enjoyable!  thumbsup 
When the plane started moving, the spool up sound reminded me of the puny sound on certain regional planes with tail-mounted engines. Luckily, there's still the solid basic engine noise which indicates at any time that the plane is not powered by washing drum engines!  Wink

Finally, after taxiing all the way down to runway 08R, the Trents started howling and moderately accelerated SP-LRA which lifted off gently and climbed out remarkably smoothly. What I also noticed was the relatively low cabin noise, the Dreamliner is definitely quieter than other widebody twins.

Shortly after takeoff, the on-demand IFE system was switched on. "Touch the screen or press a button" it said in Polish and English alternately:


However, my touch screen was not responding, so I had to use the handset. My wife's screen worked perfectly, though. Language selection:



First of all, I checked out my favorite IFE feature:







While I was exploring the IFE system, the captain made another announcement and welcomed all passengers on this "promotional flight" operated by the Boeing 787. He informed about the routing and wished a pleasant stay on board: "I hope it will be an extraordinary experience!"  thumbsup 

Back to the IFE system. Main menu:



Information about today's LOT...



...and its history:



Survey...



...which consists of three questions about the Dreamliner. Interior? Stunning, I'd say...well, except for the 3-3-3 configuration:



Amazing!



Absolutely!



E-Reader:



Here you can switch to the program shown on the overhead screens:


The moving map images on the overhead screens seemed to alternate more often than in the "autoplay" mode which may be reason to choose that option.

While the IFE system offers a choice of more than 40 TV features and 120 music albums, I only found 11 different movies and 7 different games. That's a very limited choice and I hope that more options will be added before the start of long-haul operations.

The friendly flight attendants distributed tasty cheese sandwiches and chocolate wafer bars...



...with drinks following some minutes later. I decided to try a Polish beer:



Of course I had to check out the lavatories as well. I liked the modern interior and the fact that I didn't feel cramped. Btw - when you close the toilet lid, flushing starts automatically. The rose added a nice touch:





The forward Economy Class section:



Unfortunately, my first flight on the Dreamliner was slowly nearing its end:







The IFE system was switched off about 10 minutes before landing and this nice Dreamliner image was appearing on all PTVs:


At least I could still follow the flight path on the overhead screens. It's too bad that there aren't any camera views available on LOT's 787.  Wink

I couldn't see the wing in the darkness, but it was distinctively perceptible and audible whenever air brakes were deployed during descent. We touched down roughly - and in addition to thrust reversers, brakes were used heavily. No doubt, everybody on the plane must have realized that these new brakes are working very effectively!  Wink

During disembarking, I asked a flight attendant if I could take pictures in the other cabins and she kindly agreed. "Yes, of course!", she replied. There are 21 seats in the Premium Club cabin - those seats are 19.7 inches wide and can recline 132 degrees:





Let's have a look into the Business Class cabin:



The 18 lie-flat Elite Club seats are 21.2 inches wide and 74.8 inches long (190cm):




If you want to find out more about the different cabin products, just have a look at the Dreamliner section on the airline's website:
http://dreamliner.lot.com/#/EN/Open

Then I asked a captain standing near the main entry door if I could also take pictures on the flight deck and he just nodded. I had to wait in queue, because some other passengers were still making a visit there. "Next one!", another waiting German passenger shouted after a while and we could finally proceed. The pilot in command, a very friendly and cheerful man, was still sitting in the left seat:



"It's a beautiful plane!", I said and one of the three captains replied: "Oh yes, we also love it so much!" What a great office, would you agree?


Then the pilot in command asked me to take the right seat and he took a picture of me. Great!  thumbsup  Before finally leaving the aircraft, I took a picture of the crew rest entry:



The Dreamliner's nose still needs to grow on me...



After leaving the terminal building, we went to the Courtyard Marriott Warsaw Airport, located just across the street. Nice lobby...



...and a nice Christmas tree:



I can only praise the friendly receptionist - and the comfortable room gave no cause for criticism either:



[Edited 2012-12-16 10:47:31]


Nothing's worse than flying the same reg twice!
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User currently offlinePlaneHunter From Germany, joined Mar 2006, 6714 posts, RR: 78
Reply 1, posted (1 year 7 months 1 week 1 day 8 hours ago) and read 32767 times:

Short Visit to Warsaw
After enjoying a great breakfast at the hotel on the next morning, we took a bus to Warsaw's Old Town (Stare Miasto) where we wanted to visit the Christmas market. Out hotel's main entrance:



There wasn't too much traffic on that Saturday, so the ride took less than 40 minutes. Once we had left the bus, we had to walk very carefully due to freezing rain. We really liked this part of the city:









The Christmas market was still deserted, so we continued exploring the area:









Very nicely equipped café:





Back on the market:






Saturday, 15 December 2012
Warsaw (WAW) - Munich (MUC)
LOT Polish Airlines LO353
Scheduled times: 16:10-17:50
Actual times: 16:08-17:54
Flight duration: 01:14 (hrs)
Distance: 484 miles
Economy Class, seat 29B

Boeing 787-8
SP-LRA (s/n 061),
Delivered in 11/2012


2nd flight on SP-LRA
2nd 787 flight



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We returned to the airport about three hours before departure. This LOT Dreamliner ad is difficult to overlook:



Before going airside, we had lunch - unfortunately, there are only few restaurants at the airport and all of them are overpriced. Anyway, back to the Dreamliner. After another round trip to Prague in the morning, SP-LRA was waiting for its seventh revenue flight at gate 24. Taking decent pictures was nearly impossible through the building's slanted windows:



While we were hanging around near the gate, user Makeree suddenly showed up - I hadn't been aware that he had also booked that flight. We kept talking for a while before heading to the gate.

Boarding commenced 30 minutes before departure and friendly flight attendants welcomed us on board again. Makeree was standing in the galley between Business Class and Premium Economy Class and quickly told me that he had been upgraded - seat 1E instead of a narrow Economy Class seat. Lucky guy!

The seats in the last row recline normally, so I'd also choose that row on a long-haul flight:



Cabin lighting after boarding had been completed:



Maps on all screens again - this variant had only been available during descent on the other flight:



We left the gate two minutes ahead of schedule, but this time the plane had to be de-iced which took a while. I didn't notice anything different during takeoff, but the plane didn't climb out as smoothly as on the day before. Shortly after the seat belt signs had been switched off, user LXM83 who had selected seat 28J, came over and we kept talking about aviation for a while. During our nice conversation, we could also experience turbulence on the 787 for the first time. Seat belt signs were switched on again, but only for about five minutes.

Both the purser (after boarding) and the captain referred to the "promotional flights" again and service was almost identical, too. However, this time we got ham sandwiches instead of cheese sandwiches. One more cabin shot:


We touched down after a flying time of 1 hour and 14 minutes and arrived at the gate four minutes behind schedule. A great short trip had come to its end - I'm really glad that there hadn't been any technical or weather-related problems.  thumbsup 

[Edited 2012-12-16 10:37:03]


Nothing's worse than flying the same reg twice!
User currently offlinePlaneHunter From Germany, joined Mar 2006, 6714 posts, RR: 78
Reply 2, posted (1 year 7 months 1 week 1 day 8 hours ago) and read 32767 times:

Conclusion
Flying on the Dream)Liner was a great experience. I love its cabin design (dynamic lighting, bins), the large windows and most of its sounds - not to forget about its gorgeous wings, of course. The 787 belongs to my favorite aircraft types, but I definitely don't like the 3-3-3 configuration. I wouldn't want to spend 10 hours in such a cabin's middle seat.

LOT chose good seats (they're just too narrow) and offers plenty of legroom in Economy Class. The IFE system is nice, but movie and game options should be expanded. I wouldn't hesitate to take LOT's 787 on a long-haul trip, most preferably in Business Class or Premium Economy Class, though.

I can only praise LOT for the decision to operate promotional flights to European destinations - that tour means joy not just for enthusiasts and it will continue to create lots of attention. Crews were very friendly and let passengers take pictures everywhere. The gate party at MUC, the certificate and the little gift were the icing on the cake.  thumbsup 

Last but not least - this is the 100th PlaneHunter report on Airliners.net, as mentioned in the title.  champagne  At this point I would like to take the opportunity to say thank you to all loyal readers and repliers. I have always enjoyed sharing my reports and I have enjoyed many subsequent discussions about cabin products, service, liveries and much more. I will try hard to keep up my work and I'm looking forward to your future comments.


Best Regards,
PlaneHunter



P.S.: Just in case you missed them - my 99 other trip reports:
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Delayed By Over 6 Months: LHR-SIN On Qantas A380
No A380, But Still Great: ICN-DXB, EK 77W J Class
Taipei 101 & Flawed Prestige Class On Korean A330
Double Letdown To BKK & TPE: UL A330/A340, CI 744
5* Carrier, Hilton Suite & Dubai's Epic Landmarks
India's Finest? BKK-BOM-LHR, Jet Airways 738 & 77W
3x Asian Quality: CGK-SIN-HKT-BKK On GA, FD & PG
Blast From The Past: Sriwijaya 732 & Lion Air 739
Widebody Hopping & KUL Spotting: SIA A330, KLM 77W
QF A380 Grounded, Bags Lost - LHR-SIN, TK A330/340
Type Downgrade, Class Upgrade: EgyptAir Business
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[Edited 2012-12-16 10:41:23]


Nothing's worse than flying the same reg twice!
User currently offlineOA260 From Ireland, joined Nov 2006, 26844 posts, RR: 58
Reply 3, posted (1 year 7 months 1 week 1 day 7 hours ago) and read 32577 times:

Hey Udo  

As expected your report is up fast   Nice overview of the product and great to see LOT upping their game. They have been in limbo for many years now in terms of product on L/H . I like the look of the PE product very much and pricing seems to be ok too.

J Class similar in style to others so nothing amazing there. I like the way LOT provided something special at the gate which is often missing these days for first flights etc...

Thanks for the report.

Regards

Philip  


User currently offlinePlaneHunter From Germany, joined Mar 2006, 6714 posts, RR: 78
Reply 4, posted (1 year 7 months 1 week 1 day 7 hours ago) and read 32546 times:

Quoting OA260 (Reply 3):
As expected your report is up fast

Hi Philip, thanks for your fast reply!

Quoting OA260 (Reply 3):
Nice overview of the product and great to see LOT upping their game. They have been in limbo for many years now in terms of product on L/H . I like the look of the PE product very much and pricing seems to be ok too.

Yes, the product on the 763s is totally outdated. It will be interesting to see the airline's future development with the 787.

Quoting OA260 (Reply 3):
J Class similar in style to others so nothing amazing there.

I agree, yes.

Quoting OA260 (Reply 3):
I like the way LOT provided something special at the gate which is often missing these days for first flights etc...

True. I hadn't expected all that.


PH



Nothing's worse than flying the same reg twice!
User currently offlinerogerbcn From Andorra, joined Sep 2006, 1197 posts, RR: 20
Reply 5, posted (1 year 7 months 1 week 1 day 7 hours ago) and read 32544 times:

Hola PlaneHunter!

Thanks a lot for this interesting report on the first day of operations of the Dreamliner with LO.

I think LO did a good job with all the fanfare at MUC: music, food and drinks included... really nice.

The plane looks super, although the design and color scheme of the C class seats does not look really fancy, it may be the only criticism I can have for such a gorgeous plane, like the 3-3 seating and the generous seat-pitch they offer, let's see how long it lasts; I am sure we would soon find some airlines fitting 4 seats in the middle section.

Needless to say all the pictures are really crisp and are a great asset to your reports.

The IFE looks really wonderful, but as you said the blue symbols are hard to see in a black button.

Quoting PlaneHunter (Reply 2):
Last but not least - this is the 100th PlaneHunter report on Airliners.net, as mentioned in the title.    At this point I would like to take the opportunity to say thank you to all loyal readers and repliers.

Your reports are among the best one can read here, so I am really happy to see that you have reached 100, one never gets tired of reading them and are a source of inspiration to anyone looking forward to writing a good report. Vielen Dank!

Eine fröhliche Weihnachten und ein gutes neues Jahr!

Roger   

[Edited 2012-12-16 10:52:56]

[Edited 2012-12-16 11:09:17]


"At reise er at leve" H.C. Andersen (Travelling is Living)
User currently offlinePlaneHunter From Germany, joined Mar 2006, 6714 posts, RR: 78
Reply 6, posted (1 year 7 months 1 week 1 day 7 hours ago) and read 32450 times:

Quoting rogerbcn (Reply 5):
Thanks a lot for this interesting report on the first day of operations of the Dreamliner with LO.
Quoting rogerbcn (Reply 5):
Needless to say all the pictures are really crisp and are a great asset to your reports.

Hola Roger,

many thanks for your nice comments! I'm glad you enjoyed it.

Quoting rogerbcn (Reply 5):
I think LO did a good job with all the fanfare at MUC: music, food and drinks included... really nice.

No doubt about that!

Quoting rogerbcn (Reply 5):
The plane looks super, although the design and color scheme of the C class seats does not look really fancy

Yes, I agree.

Quoting rogerbcn (Reply 5):
like the 3-3 seating and the generous seat-pitch they offer, let's see how long it lasts; I am sure we would soon find some airlines fitting 4 seats in the middle section.

I fear we will only see very few airlines with 2-4-2.

Quoting rogerbcn (Reply 5):
Your reports are among the best one can read here, so I am really happy to see that you have reached 100, one never gets tired of reading them and are a source of inspiration to anyone looking forward to write a good report. Vielen Dank!

Muchas gracias, Roger! That's great to hear.

Quoting rogerbcn (Reply 5):
Eine fröhliche Weihnachten und ein gutes neues Jahr!

Feliz Navidad y Próspero Año Nuevo!


PH



Nothing's worse than flying the same reg twice!
User currently offlineabrelosojos From Venezuela, joined May 2005, 5073 posts, RR: 55
Reply 7, posted (1 year 7 months 1 week 1 day 7 hours ago) and read 32417 times:

Congratulations on your 100th report, and welcome to the 787 club! Great to see such improvements on LO!

Saludos,
A.



Live, and let live.
User currently offlinePlaneHunter From Germany, joined Mar 2006, 6714 posts, RR: 78
Reply 8, posted (1 year 7 months 1 week 1 day 7 hours ago) and read 32389 times:

Quoting abrelosojos (Reply 7):
Congratulations on your 100th report,

Thank you, A.!

Quoting abrelosojos (Reply 7):
and welcome to the 787 club!

Yes, it was about time.

Quoting abrelosojos (Reply 7):
Great to see such improvements on LO!

   Hopefully these will help to return to profitability.


PH



Nothing's worse than flying the same reg twice!
User currently offlineshamrock350 From Ireland, joined Mar 2005, 6319 posts, RR: 14
Reply 9, posted (1 year 7 months 1 week 1 day 6 hours ago) and read 32071 times:

Hey PlaneHunter!

I was on the WAW-MUC leg of the Dreamliner tour just before your flight. I agree with you about the narrow seats, overall the economy cabin was very spacious and the legroom was excellent but if the flight had been full or much longer it may have become a little uncomfortable.

Nice to see LOT continuing their celebrations on launching 787 flights, it's a great aircraft and the service was excellent so I wish them the best of luck for the future!

Thanks for the report.

Shamrock350


User currently offlinePlaneHunter From Germany, joined Mar 2006, 6714 posts, RR: 78
Reply 10, posted (1 year 7 months 1 week 1 day 6 hours ago) and read 31977 times:

Quoting shamrock350 (Reply 9):
Thanks for the report.

Hi Kevin, thanks for your reply!

Quoting shamrock350 (Reply 9):
I was on the WAW-MUC leg of the Dreamliner tour just before your flight.

Nice! Was there any kind of celebration at WAW?

Quoting shamrock350 (Reply 9):
I agree with you about the narrow seats, overall the economy cabin was very spacious and the legroom was excellent but if the flight had been full or much longer it may have become a little uncomfortable.

Exactly, the cabin is spacious and legroom is great - it's just the narrow seats which I don't like.

Quoting shamrock350 (Reply 9):
Nice to see LOT continuing their celebrations on launching 787 flights, it's a great aircraft and the service was excellent so I wish them the best of luck for the future!

Well said! I can only agree.


PH



Nothing's worse than flying the same reg twice!
User currently offlinedebonair From Germany, joined Jan 2004, 2399 posts, RR: 4
Reply 11, posted (1 year 7 months 1 week 1 day 6 hours ago) and read 31890 times:

Nice TR, well done!

Quoting PlaneHunter (Thread starter):
Originally, I reserved seats in rows 26 and 28, but I was a bit concerned about the missing window in the 787's rear section. Unfortunately, it wasn't possible to find reliable information about the exact location.

So, whats the verdict- which seat is to be avoided?


User currently offlineburj From United States of America, joined Nov 2007, 901 posts, RR: 4
Reply 12, posted (1 year 7 months 1 week 1 day 6 hours ago) and read 31892 times:

First congratulations on 100 trip reports! That is just amazing and it is fitting the your 100th report is on such a unique plane!

Quoting PlaneHunter (Thread starter):
I like the seat's cushion, but the 16.9-inch width may pose a problem for many travellers. It's about the same width which can be found on 3-4-3-configured 777s. Did I feel more cramped on the 787? Honestly, I cannot answer that question without a doubt, but what I immediately noticed was a lack of shoulder space

I COMPLETELY agree...the thing that bothers me the most is that I DESPISE the 17" seats on the CRJ-200...BUT a CRJ-200 flight is going to be short.... Going HOURS AND HOURS in a 17" seat for a long haul flight is really almost inhumane!

Quoting PlaneHunter (Thread starter):
The Dreamliner's nose still needs to grow on me...

Maybe you should tell a few fibs....HA HA HA (sorry couldn't resist!)

I actually like the nose of the 787 but I know I am in the minority in that area....

Thanks for all the awesome trip reports!


User currently offlinemke717spotter From United States of America, joined Dec 2005, 2438 posts, RR: 5
Reply 13, posted (1 year 7 months 1 week 1 day 6 hours ago) and read 31827 times:

Nice trip report and even better pictures! I'm might be going to Poland this summer for my cousin's wedding, so hopefully I'll get a chance to fly the 787 from ORD.


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User currently offlinePlaneHunter From Germany, joined Mar 2006, 6714 posts, RR: 78
Reply 14, posted (1 year 7 months 1 week 1 day 5 hours ago) and read 31799 times:

Quoting debonair (Reply 11):
Nice TR, well done!

Thanks, debonair!

Quoting debonair (Reply 11):
So, whats the verdict- which seat is to be avoided?

Row 27 is the one with the missing windows, as I mentioned later in the report.

Quoting burj (Reply 12):
First congratulations on 100 trip reports!

Many thanks for your comments, burj!

Quoting burj (Reply 12):
That is just amazing and it is fitting the your 100th report is on such a unique plane!

Yes, nice coincidence. I just found out a few weeks ago that the 100th is near. I had never counted them before.

Quoting burj (Reply 12):
I COMPLETELY agree...the thing that bothers me the most is that I DESPISE the 17" seats on the CRJ-200...BUT a CRJ-200 flight is going to be short.... Going HOURS AND HOURS in a 17" seat for a long haul flight is really almost inhumane!

Yes, 17 inches is simply not enough.

Quoting burj (Reply 12):
Maybe you should tell a few fibs....HA HA HA (sorry couldn't resist!)

 

Quoting burj (Reply 12):
Thanks for all the awesome trip reports!

Thanks again, burj! I'm glad you enjoy them.

Quoting mke717spotter (Reply 13):
Nice trip report and even better pictures!

Thank you, Michael!

Quoting mke717spotter (Reply 13):
I'm might be going to Poland this summer for my cousin's wedding, so hopefully I'll get a chance to fly the 787 from ORD.

Sure, it's a great bird. Just try to avoid a middle seat.


PH



Nothing's worse than flying the same reg twice!
User currently offlineThe777Man From United States of America, joined Jul 1999, 6491 posts, RR: 55
Reply 15, posted (1 year 7 months 1 week 1 day 5 hours ago) and read 31638 times:

Hi PlaneHunter!

Thanks for another amazing report with amazing pictures ! Very good to see you fly on the 787 the same day I did!

Quoting PlaneHunter (Thread starter):
This aspect was more important than my habit to avoid "flying the same reg twice".  

Very good idea to make sure you got on one in case of aircraft substitution.

Quoting PlaneHunter (Thread starter):
but I was a bit concerned about the missing window in the 787's rear section.

My friend ended up in that seat unfortunately. He was not to happy but nothing to change to.

Quoting PlaneHunter (Thread starter):
I immediately liked the spacious feel and the lighting in the cabin which is equipped with 213 Economy Class seats:

The cabin is very spacious which is great but....

Quoting PlaneHunter (Thread starter):
I like the seat's cushion, but the 16.9-inch width may pose a problem for many travellers. It's about the same width which can be found on 3-4-3-configured 777s. Did I feel more cramped on the 787? Honestly, I cannot answer that question without a doubt, but what I immediately noticed was a lack of shoulder space. I wouldn't want to spend 10 hours in a middle seat between two strangers

I haven't been on a 3-4-3 777 for while but I would say the 3-3-3 on a 787 is worse than 3-4-3 on a 777. The seat on LO looks very very similar to the seat on UA. I did not find the seat the comfortable due to the lumbar support. My back was simply too wide for the seat but I'm not that big. Just tiny seat. I have to agree with you that I would not want to fly long haul in such a seat.

Quoting PlaneHunter (Thread starter):
While the IFE system offers a choice of more than 40 TV features and 120 music albums, I only found 11 different movies and 7 different games. That's a very limited choice and I hope that more options will be added before the start of long-haul operations.

That's very bad; almost like Biman Bangladesh.....although LO has more TV programs and more music.

Quoting PlaneHunter (Thread starter):
I decided to try a Polish beer:

How was it ?

Quoting PlaneHunter (Thread starter):
The Dreamliner's nose still needs to grow on me...

It's very ugly. I would actually go as far as say that the 787 is the ugliest aircraft in Boeing's 7 series of aircraft.

Even more troubling is that other recent new aircraft are also very ugly like the 380 and the 350 looks very ugly as well from that I have seen from the roll out.

Very very nice of LO to really make such a special event for the passengers both on the ground and in the air.

Quoting PlaneHunter (Reply 2):
Last but not least - this is the 100th PlaneHunter report on Airliners.net, as mentioned in the title.    At this point I would like to take the opportunity to say thank you to all loyal readers and repliers. I have always enjoyed sharing my reports and I have enjoyed many subsequent discussions about cabin products, service, liveries and much more. I will try hard to keep up my work and I'm looking forward to your future comments.

That's an amazing number and I look forward to many more. Still looking forward to flying a flight together so we can compare experiences in real time.

Looking forward to your next report!

Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!

The777Man



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User currently offline817Dreamliiner From Montserrat, joined Jul 2008, 2181 posts, RR: 1
Reply 16, posted (1 year 7 months 1 week 1 day 4 hours ago) and read 31456 times:

Wow PH, 100 Trip reports here on a.net? Amazing!

Another great one! This time with the 787  . Loved every word of it. Still waiting on my first 787 flight (and A380 flight as well   ) whenever those will be, But since im limited to a student budget (ie funding from parents    ) Im not able to travel as much as I would like to. Reports like these pretty much give an idea what different aircraft and airlines are like. The interior of LOT's 787s looks pretty good, too bad you didnt like the 3-3-3 seating, its looks ok to me, but what do I know... Never been on a 3-4-3 777 config either so im not sure how bad it really is, I guess ill determine that for myself sooner of later. Thanks for sharing your report, I enjoyed reading it 

Btw ive got my next flights in a couple days so my report will be coming soon 



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User currently offlinePlaneHunter From Germany, joined Mar 2006, 6714 posts, RR: 78
Reply 17, posted (1 year 7 months 1 week 1 day 4 hours ago) and read 31149 times:

Quoting The777Man (Reply 15):
Thanks for another amazing report with amazing pictures !

Hi Lars, many thanks for your nice comments!

Quoting The777Man (Reply 15):
Very good to see you fly on the 787 the same day I did!

Yes, what a coincidence!

Quoting The777Man (Reply 15):
Very good idea to make sure you got on one in case of aircraft substitution.

  

Quoting The777Man (Reply 15):
I haven't been on a 3-4-3 777 for while but I would say the 3-3-3 on a 787 is worse than 3-4-3 on a 777.

I tend to agree.

Quoting The777Man (Reply 15):
How was it ?

Quite good!

Quoting The777Man (Reply 15):
It's very ugly. I would actually go as far as say that the 787 is the ugliest aircraft in Boeing's 7 series of aircraft.

I wouldn't call any 7 series plane ugly. But I'd say the 767 looks boring, though.

Quoting The777Man (Reply 15):
Even more troubling is that other recent new aircraft are also very ugly like the 380 and the 350 looks very ugly as well from that I have seen from the roll out.

It's matter of perspective...

Quoting The777Man (Reply 15):
Very very nice of LO to really make such a special event for the passengers both on the ground and in the air.

Yes, one can only praise LOT for that.

Quoting The777Man (Reply 15):
That's an amazing number and I look forward to many more.

Great to hear. I'm confident that there will be many more.

Quoting The777Man (Reply 15):
Still looking forward to flying a flight together so we can compare experiences in real time.

I'm sure there will be a new opportunity in the not-so-distant future.

Quoting The777Man (Reply 15):
Looking forward to your next report!

I guess that one won't be online next week!  

Quoting The777Man (Reply 15):
Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!

That's what I wish you, too!

Quoting 817Dreamliiner (Reply 16):
Another great one! This time with the 787 . Loved every word of it.
Quoting 817Dreamliiner (Reply 16):
Thanks for sharing your report, I enjoyed reading it

Many thanks for your nice feedback, Yvan! Good to hear you liked it.

Quoting 817Dreamliiner (Reply 16):
Wow PH, 100 Trip reports here on a.net? Amazing!

Yes, 100 reports since 2006.

Quoting 817Dreamliiner (Reply 16):
Still waiting on my first 787 flight (and A380 flight as well

Just a matter of time!

Quoting 817Dreamliiner (Reply 16):
But since im limited to a student budget (ie funding from parents ) Im not able to travel as much as I would like to.

I used to be in a similar situation. Don't worry, this will change.

Quoting 817Dreamliiner (Reply 16):
Btw ive got my next flights in a couple days so my report will be coming soon

I'll watch out for this one!


PH



Nothing's worse than flying the same reg twice!
User currently offline767747 From United States of America, joined Jan 2005, 1911 posts, RR: 24
Reply 18, posted (1 year 7 months 1 week 1 day 3 hours ago) and read 30897 times:
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Great report, PlaneHunter! Looks like LOT did a really nice job with the interior of their 787! I wonder though how long the cloth seats will last in J before they might need to be refreshed again!  

What a fun trip, and a great reason to make a December trip.

Best,

Matthew


User currently offlinePlaneHunter From Germany, joined Mar 2006, 6714 posts, RR: 78
Reply 19, posted (1 year 7 months 1 week 20 hours ago) and read 29905 times:

Quoting 767747 (Reply 18):
Great report, PlaneHunter!

Thank you, Matthew!

Quoting 767747 (Reply 18):
Looks like LOT did a really nice job with the interior of their 787!

Yes, the combination of Boeing's new interior design and blue tones is nice.

Quoting 767747 (Reply 18):
I wonder though how long the cloth seats will last in J before they might need to be refreshed again!

Let's wait and see.

Quoting 767747 (Reply 18):
What a fun trip, and a great reason to make a December trip.

True. Usually I avoid flying in December and January, but I had to make an exception for the Dreamliner.


PH



Nothing's worse than flying the same reg twice!
User currently offlineMSS658 From Belgium, joined Oct 2010, 2474 posts, RR: 15
Reply 20, posted (1 year 7 months 1 week 16 hours ago) and read 29416 times:

Hello Planehunter

Great trip report, thanks for sharing it with us. Congratz on logging the 787. For one or other reason I'm more tempted to fly on this bird than the 380!

LOT configured it pretty good, with the exception of the 3-3-3 configuration. Nice to see LOT doing this promotional tour.

Quoting PlaneHunter (Reply 2):
Last but not least - this is the 100th PlaneHunter report on Airliners.net, as mentioned in the title. champagne At this point I would like to take the opportunity to say thank you to all loyal readers and repliers. I have always enjoyed sharing my reports and I have enjoyed many subsequent discussions about cabin products, service, liveries and much more. I will try hard to keep up my work and I'm looking forward to your future comments.

Thanks for all the years of giving us great inspiration and reading material

Greetings
Marc



Next trip report: Well worn A330s and Hassle free MUC transfer
User currently offlinePlaneHunter From Germany, joined Mar 2006, 6714 posts, RR: 78
Reply 21, posted (1 year 7 months 1 week 16 hours ago) and read 29395 times:

Quoting MSS658 (Reply 20):

Great trip report, thanks for sharing it with us. Congratz on logging the 787.

Hi Marc, thanks a lot for your comments!

Quoting MSS658 (Reply 20):
For one or other reason I'm more tempted to fly on this bird than the 380!

Both are great - but quite different.

Quoting MSS658 (Reply 20):

Thanks for all the years of giving us great inspiration and reading material

Thanks, that's great to hear.


PH



Nothing's worse than flying the same reg twice!
User currently offlinedc9northwest From Switzerland, joined Feb 2007, 2269 posts, RR: 7
Reply 22, posted (1 year 7 months 1 week 13 hours ago) and read 28996 times:

Hi there PlaneHunter!

Good to see a LOT 787 report up so soon  

I've also booked a LOT 787 flight, but long-haul (in Y), in March. Well, I'm small... hopefully the seats will be decent enough on my 9-hr flight to WAW. And, yes, it's row 27 that's without a window. LOT's promotional website can lead you in the right direction there; I got seats in row 24. Most of the window seats were already taken (or at least blocked)... almost 4 months in advance!

Anyway, great TR. Nice to see LO throwing a party for the 787, so to speak.

Don't like the 3-3-3 config myself. I'd rather it was 2-5-2 if it had to be 9-across.

And, 100 reports! Congratulations and thanks for all your hard work!


User currently offlinesultanils From Belgium, joined Mar 2010, 1651 posts, RR: 30
Reply 23, posted (1 year 7 months 1 week 13 hours ago) and read 28970 times:
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Hello PH,

You've really beaten yourself this time, such a quick writeup after the flight. The quality of your TR hasn't suffered from the fast writing    Thanks for this 1st real life view into the LOT B787. The overall cabin feel is very much to my liking: modern and good use of colours with some accents here and there. I particularly like the biz seats with the red and blue although I can imagine they are not to everyone's liking. It's good to see that LOT did an effort in promoting this event with 'beer und wurst' at the gate  

Quoting PlaneHunter (Thread starter):
I decided to book a MUC-WAW-MUC roundtrip for me and my wife who was also interested in trying this brand new bird.

Ha ha, good to read that your other half is interested in this too. but I guess to a certain extent only  

Quoting PlaneHunter (Thread starter):
This aspect was more important than my habit to avoid "flying the same reg twice".

On some very special occasions, one has to let get go of their habits. Well, maybe flying another type wouldn't have been so bad either? But at least the B787 in one direction!

Quoting PlaneHunter (Thread starter):
and enjoyed some mulled wine and punch...

Wow, that looks really nice!

Quoting PlaneHunter (Thread starter):
Of course we happily joined the party and enjoyed some tasty snacks and high-quality sparkling wine:

So no 'beer und wurst'   (sorry, I keep repeating myself...)

Quoting PlaneHunter (Thread starter):
The high-quality headphones

These indeed look very solid. It's not an everyday thing that you get these headphones for such a short flight. The LOT folks probably wanted to give you the whole experience to try out.

Quoting PlaneHunter (Thread starter):
I had been curious about the Rolls-Royce Trent 1000 start-up - and it proved to be rather loud and therefore very enjoyable!

I doubt that you ever fly with earplugs 

Quoting PlaneHunter (Thread starter):
What a great office, would you agree?

I agree! I especially like the type indication on the instrument panel above.

Quoting PlaneHunter (Reply 2):
but I definitely don't like the 3-3-3 configuration.

I prefer the 2-4-2 arrangement as well. Less hassle to reach the aisle when seated at the window.

Quoting PlaneHunter (Reply 2):
Last but not least - this is the 100th PlaneHunter report on Airliners.net, as mentioned in the title. champagne At this point I would like to take the opportunity to say thank you to all loyal readers and repliers. I have always enjoyed sharing my reports and I have enjoyed many subsequent discussions about cabin products, service, liveries and much more. I will try hard to keep up my work and I'm looking forward to your future comments.

Thank you for your dedication and hard work to produce your reports. I know what it takes. Let there be plenty more of them for us to enjoy.

Sultanils



In thrust we trust.
User currently offlineDALCE From Netherlands, joined Feb 2007, 1676 posts, RR: 7
Reply 24, posted (1 year 7 months 1 week 13 hours ago) and read 28932 times:

Hi PH,

It has been long since I replied to one of the many great trip-reports here on A.net. I absolutely enjoyed this great exploring report about LO's latest fleet addition, and I can't wait to fly one of those great looking 787's myself!

Thank you very much for sharing!
Cheers,
Joost (DALCE)



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User currently offlinePlaneHunter From Germany, joined Mar 2006, 6714 posts, RR: 78
Reply 25, posted (1 year 7 months 1 week 13 hours ago) and read 28948 times:

Quoting dc9northwest (Reply 22):
Hi there PlaneHunter!

Good to see a LOT 787 report up so soon
Quoting dc9northwest (Reply 22):
Anyway, great TR.

Hi dc9northwest, thanks for your comments!

Quoting dc9northwest (Reply 22):
I've also booked a LOT 787 flight, but long-haul (in Y), in March. Well, I'm small... hopefully the seats will be decent enough on my 9-hr flight to WAW.

Yes, I remember you mentioned that on FB. Should be a nice flight! I'm looking forward to the report.

Quoting dc9northwest (Reply 22):
And, yes, it's row 27 that's without a window. LOT's promotional website can lead you in the right direction there;

I checked that, but wasn't absolutely sure.

Quoting dc9northwest (Reply 22):
I got seats in row 24.

Sounds good!

Quoting dc9northwest (Reply 22):
Most of the window seats were already taken (or at least blocked)... almost 4 months in advance!

That plane is popular!

Quoting dc9northwest (Reply 22):
Don't like the 3-3-3 config myself. I'd rather it was 2-5-2 if it had to be 9-across.

Yes, I have to agree! That's also my favorite 777 configuration.

Quoting dc9northwest (Reply 22):
And, 100 reports! Congratulations and thanks for all your hard work!

Many thanks!

Quoting sultanils (Reply 23):
You've really beaten yourself this time, such a quick writeup after the flight.
Quoting sultanils (Reply 23):
Thanks for this 1st real life view into the LOT B787.

Hi Nils, thanks so much for your comments! Yes, I guess I set a personal posting record...but I wouldn't like to do that regularly.

Quoting sultanils (Reply 23):
The quality of your TR hasn't suffered from the fast writing

Thanks!

Quoting sultanils (Reply 23):
The overall cabin feel is very much to my liking: modern and good use of colours with some accents here and there.

Exactly my opinion.

Quoting sultanils (Reply 23):
I particularly like the biz seats with the red and blue although I can imagine they are not to everyone's liking.

I'm still unsure about that particular color design.

Quoting sultanils (Reply 23):
Ha ha, good to read that your other half is interested in this too. but I guess to a certain extent only

You're exactly right, Nils!  

Quoting sultanils (Reply 23):
On some very special occasions, one has to let get go of their habits. Well, maybe flying another type wouldn't have been so bad either? But at least the B787 in one direction!

Sure, would have been nice to get a LOT 737 or E175 on one sector, but it was a good decision to book the 787 both ways. Just yesterday there were some technical issues and the Dreamliner was replaced by a 734 on a WAW-MUC-WAW round trip. Such things can always happen.

Quoting sultanils (Reply 23):
Wow, that looks really nice!

They had some really good stuff there.

Quoting sultanils (Reply 23):
So no 'beer und wurst' (sorry, I keep repeating myself...)

Rather bubbly and nibbles.  

Quoting sultanils (Reply 23):
These indeed look very solid. It's not an everyday thing that you get these headphones for such a short flight. The LOT folks probably wanted to give you the whole experience to try out.

Sure, they're part of LOT's 787 product.

Quoting sultanils (Reply 23):
I doubt that you ever fly with earplugs

  

Quoting sultanils (Reply 23):
I agree! I especially like the type indication on the instrument panel above.

Yes, I like that, too. The whole flight deck looks very cool.

Quoting sultanils (Reply 23):
I prefer the 2-4-2 arrangement as well. Less hassle to reach the aisle when seated at the window.

I can only agree. But I guess we won't see many airlines with such a layout on the 787. Hopefully ANA will keep it on its long-haul birds.

Quoting sultanils (Reply 23):
Thank you for your dedication and hard work to produce your reports. I know what it takes. Let there be plenty more of them for us to enjoy.

Thanks a lot, Nils! Replies like yours make the work worthwhile!

Quoting DALCE (Reply 24):
It has been long since I replied to one of the many great trip-reports here on A.net. I absolutely enjoyed this great exploring report about LO's latest fleet addition

Hi Joost, many thanks for your reply! Good to see you here again!

Quoting DALCE (Reply 24):
I can't wait to fly one of those great looking 787's myself!

I'm sure you'll like the Dreamliner!


PH

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Nothing's worse than flying the same reg twice!
User currently offlineQuokkas From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 26, posted (1 year 7 months 1 week 12 hours ago) and read 28828 times:

Hi PH.

Congratulations on reaching your 100th birthday. Oops,sorry. 100th trip report.   So who is leading the pack? You, Gabriel, Markus or Petteri? No matter, it is an impressive achievement and thank you for your dedication in providing us with both informative and entertaining reports of a high quality.

I won't repeat what others have written so that you don't have to cover the same ground, but I am pleased to see two things. Footrests are available to those who wish to use them. As you know, these have disappeared from some airline in an effort to reduce weight. Secondly, no obstructive IFE boxes taking up valuable foot-space.

Best wishes and happy travels.

Roy / Quokka


User currently offlinePlaneHunter From Germany, joined Mar 2006, 6714 posts, RR: 78
Reply 27, posted (1 year 7 months 1 week 12 hours ago) and read 28822 times:

Hi Roy, many thanks for your reply!

Quoting Quokkas (Reply 26):
Congratulations on reaching your 100th birthday. Oops,sorry. 100th trip report.

Good one!  

Quoting Quokkas (Reply 26):
No matter, it is an impressive achievement and thank you for your dedication in providing us with both informative and entertaining reports of a high quality.

That's great to hear, thanks!

Quoting Quokkas (Reply 26):
I won't repeat what others have written so that you don't have to cover the same ground, but I am pleased to see two things. Footrests are available to those who wish to use them. As you know, these have disappeared from some airline in an effort to reduce weight. Secondly, no obstructive IFE boxes taking up valuable foot-space.

Yes, footrests can make a change - and the lack of IFE boxes is excellent.


PH



Nothing's worse than flying the same reg twice!
User currently offlineairbuseric From Netherlands, joined Jan 2005, 4253 posts, RR: 51
Reply 28, posted (1 year 7 months 1 week 11 hours ago) and read 28620 times:

Quoting PlaneHunter (Reply 2):
this is the 100th PlaneHunter report on Airliners.net

Congratulations PH, a special way to celebrate no. 100 with the Dream)Liner experience! Wow, you must've been so busy during the flight, you pictured it all very well and in good quality as I'm used from your hand.
Such a shame that AMS was not included in the list with 787 flights, and I couldn't find the time to work a schedule around the LOT 787 flights in Europe. I guess I'll have to wait till 2013 to get on my first one  

Yeah, the Courtyard Marriott in WAW is nice, but I found the room temperature a bit high and difficult to control during my last visit in previous winter. The breakfast is really good though. Judging from the pics, a city visit is worth it and should be done next time also by me...

Regards
Eric



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User currently offlineCXB77L From Australia, joined Feb 2009, 2596 posts, RR: 5
Reply 29, posted (1 year 7 months 1 week 11 hours ago) and read 28612 times:
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Hi PlaneHunter, congratulations on your 100th trip report, and thanks for sharing.

Quoting PlaneHunter (Thread starter):
"Are you aware of the aircraft type you will fly on?" I replied with a smile: "Of course, it's the Dreamliner. The one and only reason why we booked this flight!" He smiled as well and said: "You belong to those few people who take notice!"

Indeed, we are among the few people who would be crazy enough to choose a flight based on the aircraft operating it!

Quoting PlaneHunter (Thread starter):
but the 16.9-inch width may pose a problem for many travellers. It's about the same width which can be found on 3-4-3-configured 777s. Did I feel more cramped on the 787? Honestly, I cannot answer that question without a doubt, but what I immediately noticed was a lack of shoulder space. I wouldn't want to spend 10 hours in a middle seat between two strangers.

I would have to agree. I wouldn't want to be stuck in a narrow seat for that long. If only more airlines would follow NH and JL's lead and configure their 787s with an 8-across configuration only.

Quoting PlaneHunter (Thread starter):
I had been curious about the Rolls-Royce Trent 1000 start-up - and it proved to be rather loud and therefore very enjoyable!

I'm glad to hear that. What's the noise level like during cruise? I hope it's not too quiet.

Quoting PlaneHunter (Thread starter):
Survey...

I'm somewhat bemused that the only options in the survey are superlatives. It won't let you record a negative answer. Not that I would put down a negative answer if I did the survey, but at least they should give the appearance of even-handedness!



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User currently offlinePlaneHunter From Germany, joined Mar 2006, 6714 posts, RR: 78
Reply 30, posted (1 year 7 months 1 week 10 hours ago) and read 28508 times:

Quoting airbuseric (Reply 28):
Congratulations PH, a special way to celebrate no. 100 with the Dream)Liner experience!

Hi Eric, thanks a lot for your comments! I just noticed a few weeks ago that the 100th was near.

Quoting airbuseric (Reply 28):
Wow, you must've been so busy during the flight, you pictured it all very well and in good quality as I'm used from your hand.

Yes, I was really busy. I could relax on the return flight, though.  

Quoting airbuseric (Reply 28):
Such a shame that AMS was not included in the list with 787 flights, and I couldn't find the time to work a schedule around the LOT 787 flights in Europe.

Would be interesting to know the criteria for the choice of destinations. I'm particularly wondering why they chose HAJ.

Quoting airbuseric (Reply 28):
I guess I'll have to wait till 2013 to get on my first one

There will be numerous interesting opportunities.

Quoting airbuseric (Reply 28):
Yeah, the Courtyard Marriott in WAW is nice, but I found the room temperature a bit high and difficult to control during my last visit in previous winter.

Interesting. I can't say anything negative about the hotel.

Quoting airbuseric (Reply 28):
Judging from the pics, a city visit is worth it and should be done next time also by me...

Absolutely!

Quoting CXB77L (Reply 29):
Hi PlaneHunter, congratulations on your 100th trip report, and thanks for sharing.

Thank you, Sam!

Quoting CXB77L (Reply 29):
Indeed, we are among the few people who would be crazy enough to choose a flight based on the aircraft operating it!

No doubt about that.

Quoting CXB77L (Reply 29):
If only more airlines would follow NH and JL's lead and configure their 787s with an 8-across configuration only.

  

Quoting CXB77L (Reply 29):
What's the noise level like during cruise? I hope it's not too quiet.

No, it's not too quiet, no worries.

Quoting CXB77L (Reply 29):
I'm somewhat bemused that the only options in the survey are superlatives.

Yes, good point. LOT is very enthusiastic about the plane - that survey is just one example.


PH



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User currently offlineba319-131 From United Kingdom, joined Jan 2001, 8484 posts, RR: 55
Reply 31, posted (1 year 7 months 1 week 6 hours ago) and read 27848 times:
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Hi PH,

Nice read and pictures, congrats on joining the '787 flown' gang  
Quoting PlaneHunter (Thread starter):
After a seamless booking process on LOT's website, I was even able to reserve seats on both segments. Perfect!

- Nice touch by LOT that you can pre-reserve your seats without some level of status in a FF club.

Quoting PlaneHunter (Thread starter):
During the check-in process on the day before, I had noticed that 24H and 24J were suddenly available and I happily gave up 10H and 10J. We received mobile boarding passes, but I also wanted to pick up printed ones. After entering our data into a check-in kiosk, the system suddenly showed 24G and 24H - aisle and middle seat. Apparently we had been reseated after checking in and the window seat was gone now - just like all other window seats with adjacent aisle seat.

- Odd you got re-seated, seemingly without need.

Quoting PlaneHunter (Thread starter):
He told us that 24J was still available and kept wondering why we had been reseated.

- I'd be questioning this too.

Quoting PlaneHunter (Thread starter):
Delicious snacks and desserts were available...

- Nice touch by LOT.

Quoting PlaneHunter (Thread starter):
All passengers received a nice certificate...

- Odd it was not in Polish & German?

Quoting PlaneHunter (Thread starter):
Like most other 787 operators, LOT chose a 3-3-3 Economy Class configuration:

- Not a nice config, will make me avoid this where possible, NH have the lovely 2-4-2 config.

Quoting PlaneHunter (Thread starter):
The Dreamliner's nose still needs to grow on me...

- Agreed, not pretty, same goes for the A380 & A350.

Congratulations on this being your 100th TR, keep them coming, we do appreciate your input.

Cheers

Mark



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User currently offlinePlaneHunter From Germany, joined Mar 2006, 6714 posts, RR: 78
Reply 32, posted (1 year 7 months 1 week 5 hours ago) and read 27758 times:

Quoting ba319-131 (Reply 31):
Nice read and pictures, congrats on joining the '787 flown' gang

Hi Mark, many thanks for your comments! It was about time to get on the Dreamliner.

Quoting ba319-131 (Reply 31):
Nice touch by LOT that you can pre-reserve your seats without some level of status in a FF club.

I guess they made an exception for these 787 flights.

Quoting ba319-131 (Reply 31):
Odd you got re-seated, seemingly without need.

Yes, very odd. The window seat was still available, but the seat map at the kiosk suggested the opposite.

Quoting ba319-131 (Reply 31):
Nice touch by LOT.

   I found out today that there was an official celebration with MUC's CEO and LOT's CEO after the Dreamliner's arrival. They had left already when we arrived at the gate.

Quoting ba319-131 (Reply 31):
Odd it was not in Polish & German?

Yes, would have been nice to have it in German, too.

Quoting ba319-131 (Reply 31):
Congratulations on this being your 100th TR, keep them coming, we do appreciate your input.

Thank you, Mark! It's the users' replies which make the work worthwhile.


PH

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User currently offlineLXM83 From Switzerland, joined May 2005, 610 posts, RR: 5
Reply 33, posted (1 year 7 months 1 week 4 hours ago) and read 27553 times:

Hello PlaneHunter

Congratulations on your 100th report and on your first 787 flights!

Your very well written report sums up the 787 experience nicely. Well done!

And it was very nice chatting to you during the flight for a couple of minutes. I wish the flight would have been longer.

Quoting PlaneHunter (Thread starter):
I can only praise LOT for the decision to operate promotional flights to European destinations - that tour means joy not just for enthusiasts and it will continue to create lots of attention.

I completely agree on that one. It's a pity that LH - for example - didn't sell their (very few) European demo flights on the 747-8, such as the recent FRA-DUS and DUS-HAM flights.

Best regards, LXM83


User currently offlineflightsimboy From Canada, joined Sep 2005, 1230 posts, RR: 5
Reply 34, posted (1 year 7 months 1 week 2 hours ago) and read 27384 times:
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Hey PH,

I knew it would not be long before you "hunted" down a trip on the 787!! You are after all Plane Hunter!!! What a great report!! Glad Mrs. PH could accompany you on this your inaugural flight on a new aircraft. Always nice to have someone special at the side of you at such occasions!!

Quoting PlaneHunter (Thread starter):
The outbound flight would leave on December 14, the first day of commercial 787
operations, the inbound flight would take place one day later.

This has got to be the only report put out so quickly by you!!

Quoting PlaneHunter (Thread starter):
but I was a bit concerned about the missing window in the 787's rear section

Is the position of that window the same on all 787s?

Quoting PlaneHunter (Thread starter):
After loading the seatmap, he asked: "Are you aware of the aircraft type you will fly on?" I replied with a smile: "Of course, it's the Dreamliner. The one and only reason why we booked this flight!" He smiled as well and said: "You belong to those few people who take notice!"

Nice to know of a ground staff who was equally excited. Sometimes you get staff who can't really tell what aircraft type it is

Quoting PlaneHunter (Thread starter):
And here it is, LOT's first Dreamliner, registered SP-LRA:

I really do like the new LOT image. And Toronto will be seeing the LOT 787s with the summer schedules...that makes two 787 operators to YYZ, the other being Ethiopian, which I have yet to see....blame the cold weather for keeping me away

Quoting PlaneHunter (Thread starter):
Nice Dreamliner images on other gate screens:

Would be nice to view that image at home on my TV screen!!

Quoting PlaneHunter (Thread starter):
Like most other 787 operators, LOT chose a 3-3-3 Economy Class configuration:
Quoting PlaneHunter (Thread starter):
Spacious galley:
Quoting PlaneHunter (Thread starter):
It's about the same width which can be found on 3-4-3-configured 777s. Did I feel more cramped on the 787? Honestly, I cannot answer that question without a doubt, but what I immediately noticed was a lack of shoulder space. I wouldn't want to spend 10 hours in a middle seat between two strangers.

Is the width of both the 787 and 777 the same? Then having a 3-4-3 configuration would make it very tight. The galleys do appear as spacious as on the 77Ws

Quoting PlaneHunter (Thread starter):
Dimming and un-dimming worked fine, but I still need to take a day flight on the Dreamliner for final judgement.

I really did want to see that demonstrated here, but there have been other reports on by others. The FAs did not in anyway darken them completely (though I see no need for it on a night flight)

Quoting PlaneHunter (Thread starter):
LOT chose high-quality handsets - but dark blue symbols on black buttons are hard to recognize:

However in a darkened cabin maybe the blue gets more highlighted and easier to see?

Quoting PlaneHunter (Thread starter):
The high-quality headphones (distributed after takeoff) are probably the best ones I have ever received in Economy Class:

Etihad's are the nices ones so far!!

Quoting PlaneHunter (Thread starter):
I couldn't find an obvious mistake,

Ha,ha, when it comes to these I wouldn't even challenge you to a match!!

Quoting PlaneHunter (Thread starter):
First of all, I checked out my favorite IFE feature

They seem to have the same IFE feature as Etihad and Air Canada.

Quoting PlaneHunter (Thread starter):
The pilot in command, a very friendly and cheerful man, was still sitting in the left seat:

Just look at the top section of the 787, wow it is so impressive if not so futuristic....

Quoting PlaneHunter (Thread starter):
The Dreamliner's nose still needs to grow on me...

It looks just like a Racoon and someday if Porter Airlines ever order them, it would be a great fit....

Quoting PlaneHunter (Reply 2):
Last but not least - this is the 100th PlaneHunter report on Airliners.net, as mentioned in the title.

Congratulations PH, wow your 100th report. Keep them coming.

Quoting PlaneHunter (Reply 2):
At this point I would like to take the opportunity to say thank you to all loyal readers and repliers. I have always enjoyed sharing my reports and I have enjoyed many subsequent discussions about cabin products, service, liveries and much more. I will try hard to keep up my work and I'm looking forward to your future comments.

I've quite enjoyed reading your reports, though I have to admit I have not read all 100 of them. I need to start reading them progressively.....Which of your reports would you consider to be the most interesting of them all....I think your report on 9/11 might be that one, is it?


User currently offlineWROORD From United States of America, joined Mar 2009, 946 posts, RR: 0
Reply 35, posted (1 year 7 months 6 days 22 hours ago) and read 27118 times:

Hi PlaneHunter,
Glad to see you feeling well after your last trip! I'd say the certificate and chocolates are a very nice touch to the whole experience.

Quoting PlaneHunter (Thread starter):
The flight wasn't full, but LOT could enjoy a healthy load. Of course we were glad that the aisle seat in our row had remained empty

I read someplace that LO purposely capped the european loads at 170 in the event the aircraft went tech, they could easily send in a 737 to get pax.

Quoting PlaneHunter (Reply 2):
but I definitely don't like the 3-3-3 configuration. I wouldn't want to spend 10 hours in such a cabin's middle seat.

Even though it is hard to judge from the pictures, I can see the middle seat being the issue on long haul flights. However, how different is it from 777 or 747 middle seat?

Congrats on your 100th report! I have yet to write my first one.....


User currently offlineMarcoPoloWorld From United States of America, joined Mar 2008, 633 posts, RR: 0
Reply 36, posted (1 year 7 months 6 days 20 hours ago) and read 26963 times:

Another superb trip report by you PlaneHunter. And great pictures of Warszawa as an added bonus.... Thanks for sharing!!   

User currently offlinePlaneHunter From Germany, joined Mar 2006, 6714 posts, RR: 78
Reply 37, posted (1 year 7 months 6 days 19 hours ago) and read 26909 times:

Quoting LXM83 (Reply 33):
Congratulations on your 100th report and on your first 787 flights!

Many thanks, LXM83!

Quoting LXM83 (Reply 33):
Your very well written report sums up the 787 experience nicely. Well done!

That's great to hear, thanks!

Quoting LXM83 (Reply 33):
And it was very nice chatting to you during the flight for a couple of minutes. I wish the flight would have been longer.

Yes, I can only agree. One more hour would have been nice. And it was indeed good to meet you again!

Quoting LXM83 (Reply 33):
I completely agree on that one. It's a pity that LH - for example - didn't sell their (very few) European demo flights on the 747-8, such as the recent FRA-DUS and DUS-HAM flights.

That's true. I'm disappointed that LH didn't promote the 748 as much as the A380. Some special flights would have been great.

Quoting flightsimboy (Reply 34):
I knew it would not be long before you "hunted" down a trip on the 787!! You are after all Plane Hunter!!!

Hi Flightsimboy, thanks a lot for your comments! Sure, the PlaneHunter had been absolutely keen to get on the 787...

Quoting flightsimboy (Reply 34):
What a great report!!

Thank you, I'm glad you like it.

Quoting flightsimboy (Reply 34):
Glad Mrs. PH could accompany you on this your inaugural flight on a new aircraft. Always nice to have someone special at the side of you at such occasions!!

Oh yes, and she really enjoyed it. She likes trips on quality carriers with nice cabins, but she dislikes LCC flights.

Quoting flightsimboy (Reply 34):
This has got to be the only report put out so quickly by you!!

I posted the report less than 24 hours after returning home, definitely a personal record. Last time I worked very quickly was in July 2010 after the A380 sightseeing flight - but it took me a few days.

Totally Thrilling: Scenic Flight On Lufthansa A380 (by PlaneHunter Aug 5 2010 in Trip Reports)

Quoting flightsimboy (Reply 34):
Is the position of that window the same on all 787s?

The position on the fuselage is the same, but due to different cabin configurations it's essential to check with each carrier individually. According to Seatguru, the missing window is located at row 52 (fourth last row) on JAL's 787 and at row 28 (second last row) on LAN's 787s, for example.

Quoting flightsimboy (Reply 34):
Nice to know of a ground staff who was equally excited. Sometimes you get staff who can't really tell what aircraft type it is

  

Quoting flightsimboy (Reply 34):
I really do like the new LOT image.

Yes, it grew on me. But it looks very similar to Tarom's. And the fuselage is too white...

Quoting flightsimboy (Reply 34):
And Toronto will be seeing the LOT 787s with the summer schedules...that makes two 787 operators to
Quoting flightsimboy (Reply 34):
Is the width of both the 787 and 777 the same?

No, the 777's cabin is 19 feet and 3 inches wide, the 787's cabin is 18 feet wide.

Quoting flightsimboy (Reply 34):
However in a darkened cabin maybe the blue gets more highlighted and easier to see?

Only when illuminated...

Quoting flightsimboy (Reply 34):

Ha,ha, when it comes to these I wouldn't even challenge you to a match!!

 

Quoting flightsimboy (Reply 34):
Just look at the top section of the 787, wow it is so impressive if not so futuristic....

The flight deck looks very cool.

Quoting flightsimboy (Reply 34):
Congratulations PH, wow your 100th report. Keep them coming.

Many thanks! I'll try to keep up my work. I still have to write about four trips in 2012, most likely resulting in six or seven reports.

Quoting flightsimboy (Reply 34):
I've quite enjoyed reading your reports, though I have to admit I have not read all 100 of them. I need to start reading them progressively.....

No worries, take your time!

Quoting flightsimboy (Reply 34):
..Which of your reports would you consider to be the most interesting of them all....I think your report on 9/11 might be that one, is it?

That 9/11 report certainly belongs to the most interesting ones from my point of view. Another one is the LH A380 report as mentioned ealier.

Quoting WROORD (Reply 35):
Glad to see you feeling well after your last trip!

Hi WROORD, thanks for your reply! Yes, I haven't had similar problems again.

Quoting WROORD (Reply 35):
I'd say the certificate and chocolates are a very nice touch to the whole experience.

Absolutely!

Quoting WROORD (Reply 35):
I read someplace that LO purposely capped the european loads at 170 in the event the aircraft went tech, they could easily send in a 737 to get pax.

I hadn't read that, but I had been assuming LOT would do it this way. And on Sunday, just one day after I had returned, LOT had to replace the 787 by a 737-400 on a WAW-MUC-WAW round trip due to technical issues.

Quoting WROORD (Reply 35):
However, how different is it from 777 or 747 middle seat?
LO's 787 seat is 16.9 inches wide, the narrowest 777 seats are 17 inches wide. 747 seats are usually 17.5 inches wide, but there are also narrower ones. Armrests also play a role.

Quoting WROORD (Reply 35):
Congrats on your 100th report! I have yet to write my first one.....

Thanks a lot! Take your time, I'll watch out for your first one.

Quoting MarcoPoloWorld (Reply 36):
Another superb trip report by you PlaneHunter.

Hi MarcoPoloWorld, many thanks for your feedback!

Quoting MarcoPoloWorld (Reply 36):
And great pictures of Warszawa as an added bonus.... Thanks for sharing!!

Great to hear you liked it!


PH

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User currently offlinejwhite9185 From United Kingdom, joined May 2007, 1246 posts, RR: 4
Reply 38, posted (1 year 7 months 6 days 13 hours ago) and read 26581 times:

Hi there PH,

Great 100th report there. Looking forward to my trip on the LOT Dreamliner next week even more now! Be interesting to see if all the fanfare makes it to LHR or weather it was just because it was the first day.

And I'm glad I changed my seat from 27A to something further forward a while back, as the flights I'm on are looking pretty busy - looks like I have 2 seatmates from the seat map.



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User currently offlinePlaneHunter From Germany, joined Mar 2006, 6714 posts, RR: 78
Reply 39, posted (1 year 7 months 6 days 13 hours ago) and read 26556 times:

Quoting jwhite9185 (Reply 38):
Great 100th report there.

Thanks a lot, James!

Quoting jwhite9185 (Reply 38):
Looking forward to my trip on the LOT Dreamliner next week even more now!

I'm sure you will have fun.

Quoting jwhite9185 (Reply 38):
And I'm glad I changed my seat from 27A to something further forward a while back, as the flights I'm on are looking pretty busy - looks like I have 2 seatmates from the seat map.

Good decision, row 27 should be avoided. I also expected strangers in our rows after checking the seatmaps, but we had the whole row to ourselves in both cases in the end. It's very likely that LOT doesn't sell all seats so that it can replace the Dreamliner by a 737 if there are any problems. That happened on Sunday, WAW-MUC-WAW was operated by a 734. I certainly wish you luck, though!


PH



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User currently offlineroberts87 From Netherlands, joined Dec 2011, 959 posts, RR: 0
Reply 40, posted (1 year 7 months 6 days 7 hours ago) and read 26098 times:

Great, detailed, report PH! Thanks for sharing your experience about the 787 with LO.
Definately hoping to get on board one of those 787's myself soon too!

And congrats on the 100th report too of course!


User currently offlinePlaneHunter From Germany, joined Mar 2006, 6714 posts, RR: 78
Reply 41, posted (1 year 7 months 6 days 7 hours ago) and read 26063 times:

Quoting roberts87 (Reply 40):
Great, detailed, report PH! Thanks for sharing your experience about the 787 with LO.

Thank you, Robert!

Quoting roberts87 (Reply 40):
Definately hoping to get on board one of those 787's myself soon too!

Yes, I can only recommend it.

Quoting roberts87 (Reply 40):
And congrats on the 100th report too of course!

Thanks!


PH



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User currently offlinemarcinGDN From Poland, joined Jun 2008, 100 posts, RR: 0
Reply 42, posted (1 year 7 months 5 days 13 hours ago) and read 25475 times:

Hi Planehunter!
Glad you had enjoyed SP-LRA, I did a rountrip to PRG on Saturday with a return on Sunday.
I really enjoyed your trip report.
With regards to some of your questions - LO does not include in Kaleidoscope all of K2's planes. Just those that operate for LO - 7 Q400s and 2 ATR42.
The B735 were supposed to be retired this month - that's why they are missing.

The IFE does not include all of the features (I guess mostly movies) in order to avoid licensing fees for the time the plane operates one hour hops around Europe.

Gruesse!



Terra Incognita
User currently offlinePlaneHunter From Germany, joined Mar 2006, 6714 posts, RR: 78
Reply 43, posted (1 year 7 months 5 days 9 hours ago) and read 25198 times:

Quoting marcinGDN (Reply 42):
I really enjoyed your trip report.

Hi marcinGDN, thank you very much for your comments!

Quoting marcinGDN (Reply 42):
Glad you had enjoyed SP-LRA, I did a rountrip to PRG on Saturday with a return on Sunday.

Nice. You were lucky with your return flight, the round trip to MUC on Sunday was operated by a 734 due to technical issues. And it happened again today.

Quoting marcinGDN (Reply 42):
With regards to some of your questions - LO does not include in Kaleidoscope all of K2's planes. Just those that operate for LO - 7 Q400s and 2 ATR42.

Interesting, thank you!

Quoting marcinGDN (Reply 42):
The B735 were supposed to be retired this month - that's why they are missing.

Good to know.

Quoting marcinGDN (Reply 42):
The IFE does not include all of the features (I guess mostly movies) in order to avoid licensing fees for the time the plane operates one hour hops around Europe.

Ah, another interesting aspect. I'm glad that there will be more options on the long-haul flights.

Dziękuję!


PH



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User currently offlineinfodesk From Switzerland, joined May 2006, 1447 posts, RR: 33
Reply 44, posted (1 year 7 months 5 days 5 hours ago) and read 25007 times:

Hi PH,

You sure worked hard to get this report online so quickly. Well done on being a part of this special event and even nicer that your wife accompanied you too.

The Christmas market at MUC looks super, what a super idea to have one inside the airport. and great to read about the friendly LH agent who solved your seat dilemma.

The Dreamliner looks super moder, that cockpit is like something out of a spaceship, but I'm not too kenn on the C-Class seats, they don't look very classy. (Not that I'm likely to be ever sitting in them!).

Quoting PlaneHunter (Thread starter):
Spacious galley:

That's huge!

Quoting PlaneHunter (Thread starter):
Shortly after the seat belt signs had been switched off, user LXM83 who had selected seat 28J, came over and we kept talking about aviation for a while. During our nice conversation, we could also experience turbulence on the 787 for

Well what would you know, I bumped into LXM83 today at work and he told me about your exciting trip.

Quoting PlaneHunter (Reply 2):
Last but not least - this is the 100th PlaneHunter report on Airliners.net, as mentioned in the title. At this point I would like to take the opportunity to say thank you to all loyal readers and repliers. I have always enjoyed sharing my reports and I have enjoyed many subsequent discussions about cabin products, service, liveries and much more. I will try hard to keep up my work and I'm looking forward to your future comments.

Here's to the next 100!   

Happy flying
Infodesk   



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User currently offlinewin1290 From Thailand, joined Jan 2012, 280 posts, RR: 2
Reply 45, posted (1 year 7 months 4 days 11 hours ago) and read 24547 times:

Hi PH,

Fantastic trip report from you once again! Thanks a lot for sharing your experience on LOT's 787. It was a very interesting and nice read.

Very nice to see the airline's staff being so enthutistic about the 787! and very nice certificate as well. LOT seems to be putting an amazing event for it! Super!

Congratulation on your 100th report!

Cheers,
Win


User currently offlinePlaneHunter From Germany, joined Mar 2006, 6714 posts, RR: 78
Reply 46, posted (1 year 7 months 4 days 7 hours ago) and read 24338 times:

Quoting infodesk (Reply 44):
You sure worked hard to get this report online so quickly.

Hi Infodesk, many thanks for your comments! Yes, I was quite busy for a while.

Quoting infodesk (Reply 44):
Well done on being a part of this special event and even nicer that your wife accompanied you too.

Yes, definitely better than going alone.

Quoting infodesk (Reply 44):
The Christmas market at MUC looks super, what a super idea to have one inside the airport.

True. And I was surprised that they sell really nice stuff there.

Quoting infodesk (Reply 44):
and great to read about the friendly LH agent who solved your seat dilemma.

  

Quoting infodesk (Reply 44):
The Dreamliner looks super moder, that cockpit is like something out of a spaceship

Yes, you can really feel that it's a new generation aircraft. And that flight decks looks really cool.

Quoting infodesk (Reply 44):
but I'm not too kenn on the C-Class seats, they don't look very classy. (Not that I'm likely to be ever sitting in them!).

I'm still unsure about the design.

Quoting infodesk (Reply 44):
Well what would you know, I bumped into LXM83 today at work and he told me about your exciting trip.
Quoting infodesk (Reply 44):
Here's to the next 100!

Let's see if there will be another 100...well, hopefully.

Quoting win1290 (Reply 45):
Fantastic trip report from you once again! Thanks a lot for sharing your experience on LOT's 787. It was a very interesting and nice read.

Hi Win, thank you very much for your reply! Good to hear you enjoyed it.

Quoting win1290 (Reply 45):
Very nice to see the airline's staff being so enthutistic about the 787! and very nice certificate as well.

Yes, I liked that.

Quoting win1290 (Reply 45):
LOT seems to be putting an amazing event for it! Super!

One can only praise them for that.

Quoting win1290 (Reply 45):
Congratulation on your 100th report!

Thank you!


PH



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User currently offlineSR117 From Mexico, joined Jun 2000, 793 posts, RR: 2
Reply 47, posted (1 year 7 months 3 days 23 hours ago) and read 24138 times:

Hello PlaneHunter

First of all, many thanks for taking the time to put together this and all of your other 99 reports, they are very much appreciated.

And thank you very much for this excellent report on LOT and their 787. It's also nice to see there was much fanfare done to commemorate the special occasion. LOT seems to have a nice short haul product as well, the sandwich looks like a step up vs what you get on LH. Very nice pics from Warsaw as well.

The interiors look quite nice, although, what more can be said about the now infamous 3-3-3 configuration in coach. I like it better when manufacturers are practical and make their fuselages just comfortable enough for standard seats, like the 767, A330/40 or A380. The fuselage width on the 767 and A330/40 is such that only the most daring of airlines will squeeze in one more seat per row. On the other hand, when airlines plan for "extra wide seats" such as the 777 and now the 787, this extra fuselage width invariably ends up being used to squeeze in more passengers instead. That said, the bins definitely look like they will make things easier when boarding.

Let's wait and see what people who fly these birds for 11-12 hours on a full flight have to say...

Thanks again and congratulations on your milestone !

Cheers
Ricardo


User currently offlinePlaneHunter From Germany, joined Mar 2006, 6714 posts, RR: 78
Reply 48, posted (1 year 7 months 3 days 18 hours ago) and read 23946 times:

Quoting SR117 (Reply 47):
First of all, many thanks for taking the time to put together this and all of your other 99 reports, they are very much appreciated.

Hi Ricardo, thank you very much for your comments! I'm glad to hear that.

Quoting SR117 (Reply 47):
And thank you very much for this excellent report on LOT and their 787.

Thank you!

Quoting SR117 (Reply 47):
It's also nice to see there was much fanfare done to commemorate the special occasion.

  

Quoting SR117 (Reply 47):
LOT seems to have a nice short haul product as well, the sandwich looks like a step up vs what you get on LH.

Yes, the sandwiches tasted very good. Lufthansa's new catering concept is fine, too.

Quoting SR117 (Reply 47):
Very nice pics from Warsaw as well.

It's a very nice city.

Quoting SR117 (Reply 47):
The interiors look quite nice, although, what more can be said about the now infamous 3-3-3 configuration in coach. I like it better when manufacturers are practical and make their fuselages just comfortable enough for standard seats, like the 767, A330/40 or A380. The fuselage width on the 767 and A330/40 is such that only the most daring of airlines will squeeze in one more seat per row. On the other hand, when airlines plan for "extra wide seats" such as the 777 and now the 787, this extra fuselage width invariably ends up being used to squeeze in more passengers instead. That said, the bins definitely look like they will make things easier when boarding.

Yes, many airlines always try to squeeze in as many seats as possible. It's bad to see that only few carriers decided to have a 2-4-2 configuration on the 787. But let's wait and see what happens.

Quoting SR117 (Reply 47):
Thanks again and congratulations on your milestone !

Thank you!


PH

[Edited 2012-12-20 23:41:46]


Nothing's worse than flying the same reg twice!
User currently offlineFLIEGER67 From France, joined Sep 2003, 5131 posts, RR: 55
Reply 49, posted (1 year 7 months 3 days 3 hours ago) and read 23600 times:

Hey, PH,

Quoting PlaneHunter (Reply 2):

Last but not least - this is the 100th PlaneHunter report on Airliners.net, as mentioned in the title.    At this point I would like to take the opportunity to say thank you to all loyal readers and repliers. I have always enjoyed sharing my reports and I have enjoyed many subsequent discussions about cabin products, service, liveries and much more. I will try hard to keep up my work and I'm looking forward to your future comments.

Let me say also thank you for the whole number of great stories, pictures and all the conversation around.
And this one is no exception. Well done.
More please, you know!.

Greetings,
Markus(FLIEGER67)



Next: How to deliver a present in style!.
User currently offlinestipica From Croatia, joined Feb 2011, 426 posts, RR: 8
Reply 50, posted (1 year 7 months 2 days 15 hours ago) and read 23232 times:

Hi PH !
Congratulations ... this is real achievement ... and off course as a faithful reader I am grateful ...
                                    ...stipica  



Open your eyes and think
User currently offlinegabrielchew From United Kingdom, joined Aug 2005, 3200 posts, RR: 12
Reply 51, posted (1 year 7 months 2 days 13 hours ago) and read 23092 times:

Great report PH! Welcome to the 787 club! I'm not sure I like the colours of the C seats. Y+ looks good though...great that another airline adds this class. NIce photos too of Warsaw. I was there earlier this mornth - great city!

Quoting PlaneHunter (Thread starter):
When LOT announced that it would send its first 787 to several European destinations - including Munich - before starting long-haul operations, I immediately checked flying times and fares.

I was going to do the LHR one yesterday...just as well I didn't!

Quoting PlaneHunter (Thread starter):
Seat features include cupholder, coat hook and USB port:

Great to see a cup holder; not nearly enough airlines include these

Quoting PlaneHunter (Thread starter):
Safety card:

Nice to see some artwork on a safety card

Quoting PlaneHunter (Thread starter):
Survey...

Ha, what a choice! I'm sure the PR departuement will have a field day with the resonses.....positive, very positive, or extremely positive. No chance to select "dissapointing" then?



http://my.flightmemory.com/shefgab Upcoming flights: LHR-GVA-LHR-TXL-LHR-VE-PRN,SPU-OSL-LHR, LGW-DXB-BKK-DXB-LHR
User currently offlinePlaneHunter From Germany, joined Mar 2006, 6714 posts, RR: 78
Reply 52, posted (1 year 7 months 2 days 11 hours ago) and read 23018 times:

Quoting stipica (Reply 50):
Hi PH !
Congratulations ... this is real achievement ... and off course as a faithful reader I am grateful ...

Hi Stipica, thanks a lot for your comments! Good to hear you enjoy reading.

Quoting gabrielchew (Reply 51):
Great report PH! Welcome to the 787 club!

Many thanks, Gabriel!

Quoting gabrielchew (Reply 51):
I'm not sure I like the colours of the C seats.

Exactly my opinion.

Quoting gabrielchew (Reply 51):
Y+ looks good though...great that another airline adds this class.

  

Quoting gabrielchew (Reply 51):
NIce photos too of Warsaw. I was there earlier this mornth - great city!

Yes, very nice city. I need to go there again.

Quoting gabrielchew (Reply 51):
I was going to do the LHR one yesterday...just as well I didn't!

Oh no, that's too bad. Will you try again? The second one has been delivered and is active, chances for a successful mission should be better now.

Quoting gabrielchew (Reply 51):
Nice to see some artwork on a safety card

  

Quoting gabrielchew (Reply 51):
Ha, what a choice! I'm sure the PR departuement will have a field day with the resonses.....positive, very positive, or extremely positive. No chance to select "dissapointing" then?

No chance...well done, PR guys.  



PH



Nothing's worse than flying the same reg twice!
User currently offlineCaptainRed From Germany, joined Oct 2010, 684 posts, RR: 21
Reply 53, posted (1 year 7 months 1 day 13 hours ago) and read 22581 times:

Hey PH,

congrats once again for your 100th report here, a truly great achievement. Not only 100 reports, but also 100 high quality and truly enjoyable reports   ...

Great that you got a chance to fly on the 787, it is certainly a wonderful airplane. Looking forward to my first flight with this type, although it might not be that comfortable doing a low-cost longhaul with Norwegian.

Quoting PlaneHunter (Thread starter):
So we went to a web check-in counter where a very friendly male Lufthansa agent welcomed us. After loading the seatmap, he asked: "Are you aware of the aircraft type you will fly on?" I replied with a smile: "Of course, it's the Dreamliner. The one and only reason why we booked this flight!" He smiled as well and said: "You belong to those few people who take notice!"

Well done by that agent. I guess indeed most passengers weren't aware of the special nature of this flight, so nice of him to mention it. Also nice that he managed to get you the seats you wanted.

Quoting PlaneHunter (Thread starter):
We were very surprised to find out that a gate party was in full swing...

That's indeed a nice surprise. Nice snacks here, only that cake looked a bit artificial with the blue color. But still great that they made such a party during boarding. And even distributed more goodies later, that certificate was a good idea, a wonderful souvenir for that flight.

Quoting PlaneHunter (Thread starter):
Survey...

That was supposed to be joke? Interesting choices anyway   ...

Quoting PlaneHunter (Thread starter):
The friendly flight attendants distributed tasty cheese sandwiches and chocolate wafer bars...

That's exactly the same thing I got on my flight with LOT to FRA recently.

Quoting PlaneHunter (Thread starter):
What a great office, would you agree?

Yes...    ...

Also thank you for the pictures of Warsaw, a nice reminder of my recent visit to this interesting city.

Greetings
CaptainRed


User currently offlineRussianGirl From Russia, joined Jan 2011, 107 posts, RR: 2
Reply 54, posted (1 year 7 months 1 day 10 hours ago) and read 22481 times:

Hi Udo!
Congratulations for your 100th report! Great job!
And thanks a lot for a wonderful report about this breathtaking B787! I love this bird  
Quoting PlaneHunter (Thread starter):
All passengers received a nice certificate...

What a pleasant souvenir

Quoting PlaneHunter (Thread starter):
What a gorgeous wing design:

yes, Dreamliner's wing design is so magnificent

Vsego horoshego,
Anastasia


User currently offlineN178UA From United Arab Emirates, joined Jan 2001, 1660 posts, RR: 66
Reply 55, posted (1 year 7 months 19 hours ago) and read 22030 times:
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Hi PlaneHunter!

Congratulations on your 100th Trip Report and congrats riding the LOT 787 on its first day of commercial flying!

Although I am unable to comment each of your 100 report, I do really appreciate your post and contributions!

Here's to your next 100th!   

Sam


User currently offlinePlaneHunter From Germany, joined Mar 2006, 6714 posts, RR: 78
Reply 56, posted (1 year 6 months 4 weeks 18 hours ago) and read 21108 times:

Quoting FLIEGER67 (Reply 49):

Let me say also thank you for the whole number of great stories, pictures and all the conversation around.

Servus Markus! Many thanks! Sorry for my late reply, I guess have posted in rush last time and missed out replying to your comments.

Quoting FLIEGER67 (Reply 49):
And this one is no exception. Well done.

Good to hear, thank you!

Quoting FLIEGER67 (Reply 49):
More please, you know!.

More to follow, no doubt about that.

Quoting CaptainRed (Reply 53):
congrats once again for your 100th report here, a truly great achievement.

Hi CaptainRed, thank you very much!

Quoting CaptainRed (Reply 53):
Not only 100 reports, but also 100 high quality and truly enjoyable reports ...

Great to hear, thanks!

Quoting CaptainRed (Reply 53):
Great that you got a chance to fly on the 787, it is certainly a wonderful airplane.

Absolutely, simply magnificent.

Quoting CaptainRed (Reply 53):
Looking forward to my first flight with this type, although it might not be that comfortable doing a low-cost longhaul with Norwegian.

I'm sure you'll still enjoy it a lot! I'm already looking forward to the report.

Quoting CaptainRed (Reply 53):
That's indeed a nice surprise. Nice snacks here, only that cake looked a bit artificial with the blue color.

True!

Quoting CaptainRed (Reply 53):
And even distributed more goodies later, that certificate was a good idea, a wonderful souvenir for that flight.

  

Quoting CaptainRed (Reply 53):
That was supposed to be joke? Interesting choices anyway

Yes, very funny survey, most likely created by a very enthusiastic employee.

Quoting CaptainRed (Reply 53):
That's exactly the same thing I got on my flight with LOT to FRA recently.

Well, some more variety would be nice.

Quoting CaptainRed (Reply 53):
Also thank you for the pictures of Warsaw, a nice reminder of my recent visit to this interesting city.

Yes, great city. I need to go there again.

Quoting RussianGirl (Reply 54):
Congratulations for your 100th report! Great job!

Привет Anastasia! Many thanks for your feedback! Good to hear from you.

Quoting RussianGirl (Reply 54):
And thanks a lot for a wonderful report about this breathtaking B787! I love this bird

Thank you, I'm glad you liked it!

Quoting RussianGirl (Reply 54):
What a pleasant souvenir

  

Quoting RussianGirl (Reply 54):

yes, Dreamliner's wing design is so magnificent

Yes! But can you imagine how much cooler the plane would look with the (once intended) shark tail?

Quoting N178UA (Reply 55):
Congratulations on your 100th Trip Report and congrats riding the LOT 787 on its first day of commercial flying!

Hi Sam! Thank you very much for your comments! I'm glad the plan worked out, LOT had some issues and the plane was grounded one day after our return flight.

Quoting N178UA (Reply 55):
Although I am unable to comment each of your 100 report, I do really appreciate your post and contributions!

That's really nice to hear, thank you!

Quoting N178UA (Reply 55):
Here's to your next 100th!

Hopefully there will be another 100 and even more...


PH



Nothing's worse than flying the same reg twice!
User currently offlineRussianGirl From Russia, joined Jan 2011, 107 posts, RR: 2
Reply 57, posted (1 year 6 months 4 weeks 18 hours ago) and read 21102 times:

Quoting PlaneHunter (Reply 56):
Yes! But can you imagine how much cooler the plane would look with the (once intended) shark tail?

Yes! It would look more cooler and more...futuristic!


User currently offlinePlaneHunter From Germany, joined Mar 2006, 6714 posts, RR: 78
Reply 58, posted (1 year 6 months 4 weeks 12 hours ago) and read 20961 times:

Quoting RussianGirl (Reply 57):

Yes! It would look more cooler and more...futuristic!

...and even better with a different nose. But it's still a beautiful aircraft.


PH



Nothing's worse than flying the same reg twice!
User currently offlineadamspotter From Netherlands, joined Feb 2011, 1118 posts, RR: 4
Reply 59, posted (1 year 6 months 4 weeks 9 hours ago) and read 20875 times:
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Hello there PH and congratulations on your 100th report!

I couldn't think of a better way to celebrate your 100th report than one on LOTs 787 first day of ops!
Another amazing report with many great pictures, you covered the 787 very well   I flew the UA 787 myself back in November and wasn't all too impressed by it, nevertheless it still is a great aircraft!
Love the celebrations at the gate in MUC, that is exactly the way it should be done! Well done MUC and LOT.
Nice pictures of Warsaw too, really enjoyed them.

Quoting PlaneHunter (Thread starter):
We arrived at MUC almost three hours before departure, so we first visited the nice Christmas market under the roof of the Munich Airport Center and enjoyed some mulled wine and punch...

Looks very nice!

Quoting PlaneHunter (Thread starter):
So we went to a web check-in counter where a very friendly male Lufthansa agent welcomed us

If only all agents were like that!

Quoting PlaneHunter (Thread starter):
...and all you can find under the seat is the footrest - I didn't see IFE boxes anywhere

The way it should be!

Quoting PlaneHunter (Thread starter):
but I doubt that only two ATR 42-500s are left in the EuroLOT fleet

They have 4 in the fleet according to airfleets

Here is to the next 100!

cheers,

Brendan


User currently offlineParton87 From Sweden, joined Sep 2008, 533 posts, RR: 0
Reply 60, posted (1 year 6 months 3 weeks 5 days 4 hours ago) and read 20117 times:

Hello PH!

What a great story! Congratulations to your first Dreamliner flight and 100th report! Impressive I have to say...

Nice of LO with all the celebration at the gate at MUC. Service on board is good too. I like LO. And you know what to get, their service on board seem to have been the same for years 


That Christmas market at MUC looks really nice. I love this kind of markets and how nice to have one at an airport. I would visit it if I pass through MUC during Christmas time!

Like the pictures from the old town in Warsaw. Very beautiful and the "newer parts of the city is very interesting too. Not that beautiful but interesting with all the history from the Soviet era

What did you think about WAW? I can´t say I like it. The new part looks indeed modern but very grey and sterile. The old part is just so dark and ugly haha! I agree with you with the lack of restuarants, both me and friend had troubles finding a nice place for lunch before our flight

The Marriott looks super nice just like in other reports here. Really tempted to try it one day! Rates seems to be really good too!

Thanks again for the great story PH. Great pictures too. The Dreamliner looks really nice and modern. Really looking forward the day I can fly the 787 for the first time!

Greetings
Robert


User currently offlinePlaneHunter From Germany, joined Mar 2006, 6714 posts, RR: 78
Reply 61, posted (1 year 6 months 3 weeks 4 days 19 hours ago) and read 19838 times:

Quoting adamspotter (Reply 59):
Hello there PH and congratulations on your 100th report!

Hi Brendan, thank you very much!

Quoting adamspotter (Reply 59):
I couldn't think of a better way to celebrate your 100th report than one on LOTs 787 first day of ops!

I'm glad that it worked out!

Quoting adamspotter (Reply 59):
Another amazing report with many great pictures, you covered the 787 very well

Thanks, I'm glad you enjoyed it!

Quoting adamspotter (Reply 59):
I flew the UA 787 myself back in November and wasn't all too impressed by it, nevertheless it still is a great aircraft!

Yes, you mentioned that. Is there anything specific which you missed or which you were disappointed about? The Dreamliner certainly belongs to my favorite types now.

Quoting adamspotter (Reply 59):
Love the celebrations at the gate in MUC, that is exactly the way it should be done! Well done MUC and LOT.

  

Quoting adamspotter (Reply 59):
Nice pictures of Warsaw too, really enjoyed them.

Good to hear!

Quoting adamspotter (Reply 59):
Looks very nice!

Yes, great place. You should fly through MUC during Christmas time next year.

Quoting adamspotter (Reply 59):
If only all agents were like that!

  

Quoting adamspotter (Reply 59):
The way it should be!

  

Quoting adamspotter (Reply 59):
They have 4 in the fleet according to airfleets

Yes, that's what ATDB says as well.

Quoting Parton87 (Reply 60):
What a great story! Congratulations to your first Dreamliner flight and 100th report! Impressive I have to say...

Hi Robert, thanks a lot! I'm glad you liked it.

Quoting Parton87 (Reply 60):
Nice of LO with all the celebration at the gate at MUC.

  

Quoting Parton87 (Reply 60):
Service on board is good too. I like LO. And you know what to get, their service on board seem to have been the same for years

Some more variety would be nice.

Quoting Parton87 (Reply 60):
That Christmas market at MUC looks really nice. I love this kind of markets and how nice to have one at an airport. I would visit it if I pass through MUC during Christmas time!

Absolutely! It's worth a visit.

Quoting Parton87 (Reply 60):
Like the pictures from the old town in Warsaw. Very beautiful and the "newer parts of the city is very interesting too. Not that beautiful but interesting with all the history from the Soviet era

What did you think about WAW? I can´t say I like it. The new part looks indeed modern but very grey and sterile. The old part is just so dark and ugly haha!

I like the old part a lot, cannot say much about the other parts of the city. I definitely want to go there again.

Quoting Parton87 (Reply 60):
The Marriott looks super nice just like in other reports here. Really tempted to try it one day! Rates seems to be really good too!

Yes, I paid some 72 Euro incl. breakfast.

Quoting Parton87 (Reply 60):
Thanks again for the great story PH. Great pictures too.

Thank you!

Quoting Parton87 (Reply 60):
The Dreamliner looks really nice and modern. Really looking forward the day I can fly the 787 for the first time!

I'm sure you'll enjoy the ride!


PH

[Edited 2012-12-28 23:13:06]


Nothing's worse than flying the same reg twice!
User currently offlineLH4532 From Germany, joined Sep 2011, 81 posts, RR: 12
Reply 62, posted (1 year 6 months 3 weeks 4 days 6 hours ago) and read 19431 times:

Guten Abend PlaneHunter,

very nice to see this TR online. It sure is very nice to see that you had the chance of flying with the 787. I still have to fly many aircrafts I have not flown with yet.

Quoting PlaneHunter (Thread starter):
LOT 787 cake

Did you have a piece of the cake ?

Quoting PlaneHunter (Thread starter):
Very friendly flight attendants welcomed us at the aircraft door and in the aisles

Very friendly flights attendants are a sign for me that the flight will be an enjoyable one for me.

Quoting PlaneHunter (Thread starter):
I decided to try a Polish beer

Where is the Ginger ale   ?

Quoting PlaneHunter (Thread starter):
that he had been upgraded

Oh well, I prefer Economy Class.


You have written another awesome and interesting Trip Report. Good that you secured the flights with the 787, I am sure there will be more flights with you onboard of the 787 in the future. Please keep up the good work you are doing here.


Daniel (LH4532)


User currently offlineWidebodyroga From United States of America, joined Sep 2008, 613 posts, RR: 16
Reply 63, posted (1 year 6 months 3 weeks 3 days 13 hours ago) and read 19187 times:

Hey PH,

How nice to get to experience such a unique inaugural! The 787 sure looks great. It's highly unlikely I'll get to fly it anytime soon so it's great to read about what other people thought of it.

Quoting PlaneHunter (Thread starter):
In order to reduce the risk of missing the desired plane due to a schedule change, I chose 787-operated flights both ways. This aspect was more important than my habit to avoid "flying the same reg twice".

Good thinking!

Quoting PlaneHunter (Thread starter):
He told us that 24J was still available and kept wondering why we had been reseated. Then he moved us to 24H and 24J again and also asked about our seat preference for the return flight. He even showed us the map and said that most seats were still available. I ensured that we wanted to keep 29A and 29B as planned and he printed the boarding passes. "You can still pick up new boarding passes at Warsaw if you want to have LOT ones as well", he added and wished us a pleasant journey.

That's really nice. I love LH employees. I wish I was treated like that every time I inquire about changing seats (or about correcting an unwanted reseating).

Quoting PlaneHunter (Thread starter):
...which consists of three questions about the Dreamliner. Interior? Stunning, I'd say...well, except for the 3-3-3 configuration:

Were these 3 the only available options (answers)? What if someone didn't like it? Not a very useful poll if all 3 answers are basically the same.

Quoting PlaneHunter (Thread starter):
The Dreamliner's nose still needs to grow on me...

Ditto!

Quoting PlaneHunter (Reply 2):
Last but not least - this is the 100th PlaneHunter report on Airliners.net, as mentioned in the title. At this point I would like to take the opportunity to say thank you to all loyal readers and repliers. I have always enjoyed sharing my reports and I have enjoyed many subsequent discussions about cabin products, service, liveries and much more. I will try hard to keep up my work and I'm looking forward to your future comments.

Congrats PH! I really enjoy your reports. There is always something special in each one of them. I wish you many more to come!

Stojan



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User currently offlineLO231 From Belgium, joined Sep 2004, 2392 posts, RR: 23
Reply 64, posted (1 year 6 months 3 weeks 2 days 9 hours ago) and read 18759 times:

Thank you for the amazing TR! It's of big impotrance to me, as I'm booked on first flight out of BRU. I wonder what LO will hwve in petto for us...

Thanks again!



Got both LO 788 frames already, next LO E95 and 734 BRU-WAW-BRU
User currently offlinePlaneHunter From Germany, joined Mar 2006, 6714 posts, RR: 78
Reply 65, posted (1 year 6 months 2 weeks 4 days 13 hours ago) and read 18018 times:

Quoting LH4532 (Reply 62):
Guten Abend PlaneHunter,

very nice to see this TR online.

Servus Daniel! Many thanks for your feedback!

Quoting LH4532 (Reply 62):
I still have to fly many aircrafts I have not flown with yet.

I guess you will log some new types this year.

Quoting LH4532 (Reply 62):
Did you have a piece of the cake ?

No, I preferred the other desserts.

Quoting LH4532 (Reply 62):
Where is the Ginger ale?

Sometimes I prefer a beer. I guess LOT doesn't have ginger ale on European flights anyway.

Quoting LH4532 (Reply 62):
Oh well, I prefer Economy Class.

Really???

Quoting LH4532 (Reply 62):
You have written another awesome and interesting Trip Report.

Thanks again! Good to hear you liked it.

Quoting LH4532 (Reply 62):
Good that you secured the flights with the 787, I am sure there will be more flights with you onboard of the 787 in the future.

Yes, I will certainly try to get on as many 787s as possible.

Quoting LH4532 (Reply 62):
Please keep up the good work you are doing here.

I'll try my best!

Quoting Widebodyroga (Reply 63):
How nice to get to experience such a unique inaugural!

Hi Stojan, thanks a lot for your comments!

Quoting Widebodyroga (Reply 63):
The 787 sure looks great

No doubt about that!

Quoting Widebodyroga (Reply 63):
It's highly unlikely I'll get to fly it anytime soon so it's great to read about what other people thought of it.

But there will be many more options available this year.

Quoting Widebodyroga (Reply 63):
Were these 3 the only available options (answers)? What if someone didn't like it? Not a very useful poll if all 3 answers are basically the same.

Yes, only three options. Negative answers weren't welcome.  

Quoting Widebodyroga (Reply 63):
Congrats PH! I really enjoy your reports. There is always something special in each one of them. I wish you many more to come!

Thank you very much! I still need to write some reports about a few interesting 2012 trips.

Quoting LO231 (Reply 64):
Thank you for the amazing TR!

Hi LO231, thank you for your reply! Good to hear you enjoyed it.

Quoting LO231 (Reply 64):
It's of big impotrance to me, as I'm booked on first flight out of BRU. I wonder what LO will hwve in petto for us...

How did you like it? Will you write a report?


PH



Nothing's worse than flying the same reg twice!
User currently offlineLH4532 From Germany, joined Sep 2011, 81 posts, RR: 12
Reply 66, posted (1 year 6 months 2 weeks 4 days 7 hours ago) and read 17903 times:

Quoting PlaneHunter (Thread starter):
Really???

Yes, I am very used to flying Economy Class. It is the way of travel I haven flown for many years now, that is why I do not have the need to fly Business Class. I am very happy with what is offered in Economy Class.



Daniel (LH4532)


User currently offlineronerone From Jordan, joined Aug 2004, 1653 posts, RR: 53
Reply 67, posted (1 year 6 months 2 weeks 4 days 6 hours ago) and read 17884 times:

Dear PH!

WoW .. Congratulations on your 100th report! I only noticed this one now.

Along with LAN, Ethiopian, and Qatar, LOT's 787 was also one that caught my attention. Their J seats look superb, and the color scheme on all seats looks amazing. In fact, the Economy class seats reminded me a little of KLM, so that's always a good thing  

I wasn't really interested in LOT before, but i think now i wouldn't mind giving their 787 a try!

Many thanks for sharing this with us, and i look forward to your 101st and beyond!

Cheers,
Roni



A Stop Away From One-Stop, Is Non-Stop : Airbus A340-500
User currently offlineBNE From Australia, joined Mar 2000, 3173 posts, RR: 12
Reply 68, posted (1 year 6 months 2 weeks 4 days 1 hour ago) and read 17786 times:

Thanks for the trip report, nice that Munich and LOT were able to organize some gate celebrations.

LOT giving out first flight certificates was a nice touch.



Why fly non stop when you can connect
User currently onlineNZ107 From New Zealand, joined Jul 2005, 6405 posts, RR: 39
Reply 69, posted (1 year 6 months 2 weeks 3 days 17 hours ago) and read 17677 times:

Hi PH,

Great TR once again. Congrats on getting on the maiden return voyage! And also for 100 TRs! Impressive.

Quoting PlaneHunter (Thread starter):

We arrived at MUC almost three hours before departure, so we first visited the nice Christmas market under the roof of the Munich Airport Center and enjoyed some mulled wine and punch...

Looks great, I'd love to visit it in December!

Quoting PlaneHunter (Thread starter):
he asked: "Are you aware of the aircraft type you will fly on?" I replied with a smile: "Of course, it's the Dreamliner. The one and only reason why we booked this flight!" He smiled as well and said: "You belong to those few people who take notice!"

I would have been worried about a sudden change of equipment!

Great to see they have celebrated the flight in style. It's something you wish all airlines did with inaugurals..

The seats do look quite nice, even if 9-abreast.. Though I think that'll become the norm for most carriers. Better get used to it..

Cheers,
Nicholas



It's all about the destination AND the journey.
User currently offlinePlaneHunter From Germany, joined Mar 2006, 6714 posts, RR: 78
Reply 70, posted (1 year 6 months 4 days 10 hours ago) and read 16441 times:

Quoting LH4532 (Reply 66):
It is the way of travel I haven flown for many years now, that is why I do not have the need to fly Business Class. I am very happy with what is offered in Economy Class.

Yes, Y Class is perfectly fine on short and medium-haul routes. And there are great long-haul Y Class products. But the additional space in J Class is a great advantage on long flights.

Quoting ronerone (Reply 67):
WoW .. Congratulations on your 100th report! I only noticed this one now.

Hi Roni! Many thanks for your comments! Good to hear from you!

Quoting ronerone (Reply 67):
Their J seats look superb, and the color scheme on all seats looks amazing.

The design is growing on me. It seems they have removed the red headrests for the long-haul services, good idea.

Quoting ronerone (Reply 67):
In fact, the Economy class seats reminded me a little of KLM, so that's always a good thing

Blue is dominating indeed.

Quoting ronerone (Reply 67):
I wasn't really interested in LOT before, but i think now i wouldn't mind giving their 787 a try!

You should give it a try...whenever it starts flying again.

Quoting ronerone (Reply 67):
Many thanks for sharing this with us, and i look forward to your 101st and beyond!

Good to hear! There's still a massive backlog...and I booked some interesting flights in the past few days.

Quoting BNE (Reply 68):
Thanks for the trip report, nice that Munich and LOT were able to organize some gate celebrations.

Thanks for your reply! The gate party was indeed great.

Quoting BNE (Reply 68):
LOT giving out first flight certificates was a nice touch.

  

Quoting NZ107 (Reply 69):
Great TR once again.

Hi Nicholas, many thanks for your feedback! Good to see you here again.

Quoting NZ107 (Reply 69):
Congrats on getting on the maiden return voyage! And also for 100 TRs! Impressive.

Thank you!

Quoting NZ107 (Reply 69):
Looks great, I'd love to visit it in December!

Sure, why not? I'd get some tasty mulled wine for us.

Quoting NZ107 (Reply 69):
Great to see they have celebrated the flight in style. It's something you wish all airlines did with inaugurals..

Yes, would be nice.

Quoting NZ107 (Reply 69):
The seats do look quite nice, even if 9-abreast.. Though I think that'll become the norm for most carriers. Better get used to it..

You're right. Personal space won't increase in Y Class.


PH



Nothing's worse than flying the same reg twice!
User currently offlineLO231 From Belgium, joined Sep 2004, 2392 posts, RR: 23
Reply 71, posted (1 year 6 months 4 days 5 hours ago) and read 16357 times:

Hi again, loved both flights on -LRA and back on -LRB. On arrival in BRU greeted with champagne, prawn snacks and a scale model of LO787! Will post the link to my slide show very soon...

Greets



Got both LO 788 frames already, next LO E95 and 734 BRU-WAW-BRU
User currently offlineLO231 From Belgium, joined Sep 2004, 2392 posts, RR: 23
Reply 72, posted (1 year 6 months 4 days 3 hours ago) and read 16307 times:

Hello Planehunter,as promised the link to my little movie of the 787 flight Brussels-Warsaw-Brussels 5/10-01-2013

https://picasaweb.google.com/106931281259410879648/VluchtVanLOTDreamlinerB787Op5En10Januari2013BruWawBru



Got both LO 788 frames already, next LO E95 and 734 BRU-WAW-BRU
User currently offlineakhmad From Netherlands, joined Sep 2005, 2438 posts, RR: 53
Reply 73, posted (1 year 5 months 4 weeks 7 hours ago) and read 15491 times:

Dear PH,

Thank you so much for sharing the Dreamliner experience with us!   


Quoting PlaneHunter (Thread starter):
"We are very proud to be the first European airline to fly the Boeing 787, the most modern airliner in the world.”
Quoting PlaneHunter (Thread starter):
wished a pleasant stay on board: "I hope it will be an extraordinary experience!"

It has been such a great, but short-lived happiness. So sad to see the dream of Dreamliners have to come to a temporary end.  


I do hope that the problems will get resolved very soon.


Anyway, here are some comments:

Quoting PlaneHunter (Thread starter):
my wife who was also interested in trying this brand new bird.

How exciting!  



Quoting PlaneHunter (Thread starter):
the nice Christmas market under the roof of the Munich Airport Center

How lovely!

Quoting PlaneHunter (Thread starter):
the system suddenly showed 24G and 24H - aisle and middle seat.

   A glitch in system. Luckily, you found out just in time!

Quoting PlaneHunter (Thread starter):
After loading the seatmap, he asked: "Are you aware of the aircraft type you will fly on?" I replied with a smile: "Of course, it's the Dreamliner. The one and only reason why we booked this flight!" He smiled as well and said: "You belong to those few people who take notice!"

Sweet! What a pity that most people took the ride with Dreamliner for granted.

Quoting PlaneHunter (Thread starter):
Delicious snacks and desserts were available...
Quoting PlaneHunter (Thread starter):
and high-quality sparkling wine:

Awesome! Who needed a lounge at that moment?

Quoting PlaneHunter (Thread starter):
There was even a Bavarian brass music band:

Celebrate good time, come on!

Quoting PlaneHunter (Thread starter):
..as well as a LOT 787 cake:

There’s still a LOT for you.   


Quoting PlaneHunter (Thread starter):
The card's backside:

How cute.

Quoting PlaneHunter (Thread starter):
with some of them using smartphones. I guess even some non-enthusiasts wanted to record this event.

Smartphones are just great invention!

Quoting PlaneHunter (Thread starter):
There was also a TV team moving through the cabin and interviewing people.

Did you get interviewed as well?

Quoting PlaneHunter (Thread starter):
with 213 Economy Class seats:
Quoting PlaneHunter (Thread starter):
The forward Economy Class section:

Beautiful interior! Very neat upholstery, I like it!

Quoting PlaneHunter (Thread starter):
I didn't see IFE boxes anywhere:

Look how seat design has been evolving!

Quoting PlaneHunter (Thread starter):
...well, except for the 3-3-3 configuration:

It was rather tight then with 3-3-3, I assume? Is there any airline installing 2-4-2 in Economy?

Quoting PlaneHunter (Thread starter):
120 music albums,

Perfect! Today hits and dance music!

Quoting PlaneHunter (Thread starter):
I decided to try a Polish beer:

Way to go! So many countries, so many customs.

Quoting PlaneHunter (Thread starter):
The rose added a nice touch:

Absolutely! It reminds me of LH First Class cabin.

Quoting PlaneHunter (Thread starter):
Btw - when you close the toilet lid, flushing starts automatically.

Cool!   


Quoting PlaneHunter (Thread starter):
I asked a flight attendant if I could take pictures in the other cabins and she kindly agreed. "Yes, of course!", she replied.

That’s the true dream spirit!   


Quoting PlaneHunter (Thread starter):
"Oh yes, we also love it so much!" What a great office, would you agree?

   Simplicity at its best!

Quoting PlaneHunter (Reply 1):
we had to walk very carefully due to freezing rain.

I shiver at the idea when I have to ride my bicycle to the office.

Quoting PlaneHunter (Reply 1):
Cabin lighting after boarding had been completed:

Gorgeous!


Thanks again. I am so glad to experience the Dreamliner through your eyes. The eyes of PlaneHunter!  

Best wishes,
Suryo  



Friends forever
User currently offlineBrusselsSouth From Belgium, joined Aug 2001, 624 posts, RR: 5
Reply 74, posted (1 year 5 months 3 weeks 6 days 20 hours ago) and read 15307 times:

Hi PH,

Thank you for another nice report. I considered taking one of the LO promotional flights on the 787 but couldn't make it work due to a busy personal/work schedule. But, who needs to get on the actual flight when you have excellent reports like yours?  
Quoting PlaneHunter (Reply 2):
Last but not least - this is the 100th PlaneHunter report on Airliners.net, as mentioned in the title. champagne At this point I would like to take the opportunity to say thank you to all loyal readers and repliers. I have always enjoyed sharing my reports and I have enjoyed many subsequent discussions about cabin products, service, liveries and much more. I will try hard to keep up my work and I'm looking forward to your future comments.

I take the opportunity to thank you for this report and the 99 others. They are of outstanding quality and I have always enjoyed reading them and looking at your beautiful pictures. I lack time (and am too lazy...) to comment as I'd like but this appreciation applies to all 100 reports. I'm looking forward to the next 100.

Congrats

Regards
BrusselsSouth


User currently offlinePlaneHunter From Germany, joined Mar 2006, 6714 posts, RR: 78
Reply 75, posted (1 year 5 months 3 weeks 3 days 18 hours ago) and read 14952 times:

Quoting LO231 (Reply 71):
Hi again, loved both flights on -LRA and back on -LRB.

Hi LO231, good to hear you got both frames!

Quoting LO231 (Reply 71):
On arrival in BRU greeted with champagne, prawn snacks and a scale model of LO787!

Very nice. Did LOT organize that - or the airport?

Quoting LO231 (Reply 72):
Hello Planehunter,as promised the link to my little movie of the 787 flight Brussels-Warsaw-Brussels 5/10-01-2013

Thanks a LOT for the link! Very enjoyable stuff, well done!

Quoting akhmad (Reply 73):
Thank you so much for sharing the Dreamliner experience with us!

Hi Suryo, thanks so much for your reply! Good to hear from you.

Quoting akhmad (Reply 73):
It has been such a great, but short-lived happiness. So sad to see the dream of Dreamliners have to come to a temporary end.

Yes, very very sad.

Quoting akhmad (Reply 73):
I do hope that the problems will get resolved very soon.

That's what I'm hoping, too. But things don't look good at the moment.

Quoting akhmad (Reply 73):
A glitch in system. Luckily, you found out just in time!

Yes, fortunately!

Quoting akhmad (Reply 73):
Awesome! Who needed a lounge at that moment?

So true!

Quoting akhmad (Reply 73):
There’s still a LOT for you.

 

Quoting akhmad (Reply 73):
Smartphones are just great invention!

  

Quoting akhmad (Reply 73):
Did you get interviewed as well?

No, but I wouldn't have declined anyway.

Quoting akhmad (Reply 73):
Look how seat design has been evolving!

  

Quoting akhmad (Reply 73):
It was rather tight then with 3-3-3, I assume? Is there any airline installing 2-4-2 in Economy?

Yes, 3-3-3 is right. Only ANA (int'l routes) and JAL have 2-4-2. And I guess there won't be many to follow.

Quoting akhmad (Reply 73):
Absolutely! It reminds me of LH First Class cabin.

That's what came into my mind immediately!

Quoting akhmad (Reply 73):
I shiver at the idea when I have to ride my bicycle to the office.

Yes, riding a bicycle is very dangerous under such conditions.

Quoting akhmad (Reply 73):
Thanks again. I am so glad to experience the Dreamliner through your eyes. The eyes of PlaneHunter!

I'm glad to hear that, thank you very much!

Quoting BrusselsSouth (Reply 74):
Thank you for another nice report.

Hi BrusselsSouth, thanks for your comments!

Quoting BrusselsSouth (Reply 74):
I considered taking one of the LO promotional flights on the 787 but couldn't make it work due to a busy personal/work schedule.

That's too bad.

Quoting BrusselsSouth (Reply 74):
But, who needs to get on the actual flight when you have excellent reports like yours?

Very nice, thank you! I'm glad you enjoyed the report.

Quoting BrusselsSouth (Reply 74):

I take the opportunity to thank you for this report and the 99 others. They are of outstanding quality and I have always enjoyed reading them and looking at your beautiful pictures. I lack time (and am too lazy...) to comment as I'd like but this appreciation applies to all 100 reports.

Many thanks, this is really appreciated!

Quoting BrusselsSouth (Reply 74):
I'm looking forward to the next 100.

Good to hear! Line number 101 has been delivered, number 102 is under construction.  




PH



Nothing's worse than flying the same reg twice!
User currently offlineLO231 From Belgium, joined Sep 2004, 2392 posts, RR: 23
Reply 76, posted (1 year 5 months 3 weeks 3 days 12 hours ago) and read 14877 times:

Hi there, PlaneHunter asked who organized the "whoola" at the airport... I believe it was LO, as they were the ones guiding the guests to visit the plane in small groups.( I didn't take one as I just got off that plane, hehe. I think swissport had something to do with it for the party's catering.

I have met CEO of BRU Airport, they're not useless either, for that party, departure back to WAW was delayed by an hour, and apparently the pax were informed beforehand, that explained rather empty boarding area while I deplaned..



Got both LO 788 frames already, next LO E95 and 734 BRU-WAW-BRU
User currently offlinePlaneHunter From Germany, joined Mar 2006, 6714 posts, RR: 78
Reply 77, posted (1 year 5 months 1 week 6 days 14 hours ago) and read 14122 times:

Quoting LO231 (Reply 76):
I believe it was LO, as they were the ones guiding the guests to visit the plane in small groups.

Okay, thanks. I'm just wondering why such events didn't take place at all airports served by the Dreamliner.


PH



Nothing's worse than flying the same reg twice!
User currently offlineLO231 From Belgium, joined Sep 2004, 2392 posts, RR: 23
Reply 78, posted (1 year 5 months 1 week 2 days 13 hours ago) and read 13700 times:

And now back to boring Avro, unless they will change their mind to 319 as they did the last time...


Got both LO 788 frames already, next LO E95 and 734 BRU-WAW-BRU
User currently offlinePlaneHunter From Germany, joined Mar 2006, 6714 posts, RR: 78
Reply 79, posted (1 year 5 months 5 days 10 hours ago) and read 13348 times:

Quoting LO231 (Reply 78):
And now back to boring Avro, unless they will change their mind to 319 as they did the last time...

Brussels Airlines? I'd also prefer an A319 over the Avro. But it cannot match the Dreamliner, of course...


PH



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