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Poland On The Dream)liner - LOT LHR-WAW-LHR In C/Y  
User currently offlinejwhite9185 From United Kingdom, joined May 2007, 1248 posts, RR: 4
Posted (1 year 6 months 3 weeks 4 days 15 hours ago) and read 11587 times:

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Poland – one of those countries that I'd always liked the idea of visiting, but never thought I'd get around to visiting. That was until a post on Facebook showed that LOT Polish would be sending their new 787 on flights to London on some training flights. Well that was the excuse I needed! Without taking much time to think about it, I was parting with £182 to book myself on the limited flights. LOT would only be sending their new toy to LHR on limited dates throughout December and early January on the promotional European tour. Due to being on my Christmas break from work during those dates, any were possible for me – the only reason I chose the dates I did were because they were the cheapest. I selected both the 787 sectors as I liked the idea of going on two, but the downside of this would be I wouldn’t have too much time in Warsaw due to the early departure the following morning.

LOT would also send their Dreamliner to Munich, (See PlaneHunter’s excellent report for details on this sector - 100th Report: LOT 787 Dream)Liner, 1st Day Of Ops (by PlaneHunter Dec 16 2012 in Trip Reports) ) Vienna, Brussels, Frankfurt, Hannover, Prague, Budapest and Kiev. As it turned out, it was lucky I didn’t choose the very first LOT Dreamliner flight into Heathrow. Due to landing gear issues with SP-LRA, the planned 787 flights were substituted on that day for the tried and tested 737-400. As the second Dreamliner was delivered shortly after, the planned promotional flights continued with SP-LRB being put into service pretty rapidly, and as it turned out only the one 787 flight into LHR ended up being substituted.

Booking was made via the LOT website:

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The booking process was pretty standard really. I initially chose seats 27A for both sectors, although upon looking at the walkthrough of the 787 on the LOT website shortly after delivery, I saw that those seats had no window. That wasn’t acceptable, so I logged back on to my booking and changed to 15A and 22A – Luckily I noticed this as although the plane didn’t seem overly full, most of the window seats seemed to be taken.

Due to the pretty early departure of the return flight, I elected the Courtyard by Marriott at Warsaw airport. When booking, the price shown was 215 Zloty. Not having any idea of the conversion rate I didn’t know if this was expensive or not, however upon checking the currency convertor it worked out to about £45 – Bargain!

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The day before departure I used the online check in. It was the usual process, however there wasn’t any option to select no bags, so therefore it wouldn’t let you print your own boarding pass. Although I suspected this was to ensure everybody went to check in at the airport in case there were any last minute aircraft changes. I had initially requested seat 15A as it was the only remaining window seat, although once checking the seatmap at check in, I had noticed a lot more had opened up – therefore I moved forward to 12A as at that point I had no seatmates.

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The morning of departure I woke up a little earlier than needed so I could check in for my return flight. This was a no go though as it said it couldn't load the seat map. So in theory LOT's online check in was good, but in practice it had a few flaws.

As I had a while to wait before leaving, I checked the inbound flight - and luckily it was still the Dreamliner.

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I then made my way out to catch the 07:50 coach.

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Passing T5 on the coach


Upon arriving at T1, I made my way over to the LOT check in to get my boarding pass and to try and check in for my return flight. This was no problem, and I was also given better news. As the flight was empty, the friendly check in agent said she would upgrade me to premium. After thanking her and mentioning that I'd chosen this flight for the Dreamliner, she replied if that's the case she’d put me in business if her supervisor agreed to it. She wondered over to another older guy checking people in, he glanced over at me, gave a slight nod and then she replied saying it was fine. She then gave me a choice of row one, two or three. I said I didn’t really mind as long as I had a window. So she gave me seat 1F. This would be the first time I'd sat in row 1. I'd been right in the nose of a VS 747 many years ago, but their rows start at 6, as row 1 was upstairs at the time.

It was then through to security - which was pretty slow even by T1 standards. And to add insult to injury, my bag was also selected for a random search. Once I was finally through I thought I'd try my luck at getting into the Star Alliance lounge - and I was welcomed in with no questions asked.

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Food offerings:

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Breakfast


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I found the breakfast offerings in here to be pretty good, although the quality of the food wasn’t the best and the lounge itself wasn't the best I'd been in. In fact, I was so unimpressed with this lounge, around 30 minutes before boarding was due to be announced I decided to go for a wonder to see if I could see my jet for today. It was unusual for me to leave a lounge so early, especially considering I had seen more than enough of T1 on my previous visit back in October. On my travels I saw the familiar LOT tail heading off in the direction of the new stands, so I made my way down there too as this was unfamiliar territory for me.

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It looked like gate 47 would be in use today.

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Of interest was that a lot of people heading for the adjacent UA flight to LAX were stopping off and having a good look at the Dreamliner - I guess most of them hadn't seen one before.

Upon entering the holding pen, there were quite a few enthusiasts around.

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Boarding started, and I made my way down the jet bridge. Unlike PH’s flight there was no fanfare for this sector. The only mention came onboard during the announcements, mentioning the promotional flights.


LO282
LHR-WAW
30th December 2012
787-85D / SP-LRA
Seat 15A / Economy
Seat: 1F / Elite Club
Scheduled: 10:35/14:10
Off stand: 10:46
On stand: 13:50


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I was greeted at the door by two friendly polish flight attendants and directed to seat 1F.

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Legroom wasn’t an issue on this flight


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Within a couple of minutes some drinks were brought around. Not in the glasses of BA though, more the plastic of economy.

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There were some announcements made but I found them a little hard to hear due to the background noise of the APU etc. and the fact it was a little distorted.

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A bit grubby for such a new bird.


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Seat controls


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I did have a seatmate on this sector - one of the few people in business that did actually. He seemed pretty chatty, and he had also flown a lot by the sound of it. Although he had no idea about the world of aviation! I tried to explain that this was the first aircraft of this type in Europe, but he was of the opinion that all planes are the same. That was until later in the flight when I started playing with the window dimmer. That amazed him, and I informed him that this was unique to this type of aircraft. He was also of the opinion that Emirates were the best airline and that Air India were pretty poor. He also said he liked the catering on PIA but not the planes.

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There seemed to be a slight issue with the baggage loader


We pushed back and made a quick taxi out to 27R, departing just before 11 am

  A quiet takeoff from LHR

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After a bumpy departure, the captain came over the PA and announced a flying time of an hour and forty minutes - shame it wasn't nearer to the two and a half as advertised! The clouds started to clear once we reached the English Channel.

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Then the cabin crew started dishing out the various bits and pieces, and I decided to give the IFE a tryout and see how good the noise cancelling headphones were. They weren’t too bad for airline stock, but nowhere near as good as my Bose ones! Also the IFE controller was in an interesting place – almost on the seat. I inadvertently turned the overhead light on at one point and wasn’t too sure how I had done it, or how to turn it off again. As PH mentioned, the dark blue on black buttons don’t make it too clear and the not so obvious position of the controller didn’t help matters either.

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There was a full QWERTY keyboard on the reverse

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Following this, the lunch service started. First off the table was set, then the drinks were brought round – this time in proper glasses – then the main course. The choice was beef or fish. I chose the beef - although it was only really a mouthful, it was still just about edible. The dessert was a bit hard too, like it had been chilled just a bit too much.

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Progressing


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Lunch was finished


After this, I grabbed a few more pictures of the business end of this 787.

Window in fully blacked out mode.


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Very comfortable seat and fully flat bed.


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Cabin overview


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Good example of the window modes


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The crew dimmed the windows


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No-Smoking signs have now been extinguished


I know this aircraft is billed as being quiet - but I was still in amazement at quite how quiet it was. There was very little engine noise, although there was a loud-ish electrical hum throughout the flight that I had seen mentioned on other reports from the Japanese examples.

All too soon it was time to descend. The descent was pretty rapid - in fact due to the haze and the crew sitting down quite late, I hadn't realized quite how close to the ground we had got - I wasn't even totally sure the gear had gone down as, like everything else on this aircraft, it was pretty quiet up at the front

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  Landing into WAW

The landing was pretty smooth initially, but once the reverse thrust and brakes had really kicked in, it was a rough ride. It was then over to the terminal, passing sister ship SP-LRB proudly on display - not hidden away in a hanger somewhere like I had expected. Also along the way, I noticed quite a few camera flashes going off in the terminal and a few ground crew taking pictures also.

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Sister ship SP-LRB


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Upon arriving on stand, I asked to visit the flight deck - along with quite a few other people actually. This was eventually granted, however no sooner had I got my lens cap off quite an abrupt stewardess barked "you're finished, next". I did manage to grab a couple of pics, although they were a bit rushed.

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It was then off through the terminal, to the hotel, chatting to another enthusiast along the way - who mentioned that this flight had earned him his millionth air mile. Impressive!

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Not the most interesting stamp!


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User currently offlinejwhite9185 From United Kingdom, joined May 2007, 1248 posts, RR: 4
Reply 1, posted (1 year 6 months 3 weeks 4 days 15 hours ago) and read 11627 times:

Once at the hotel, I dumped my bag and headed straight down to the train station to go into the city.

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As the light disappears pretty quickly in Poland, the destination pics aren’t that brilliant. I got off the train at Warsaw Central and took a walk down to the pretty busy Old Town.

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After making my way back towards the central station and grabbing some dinner at the Hard Rock Café, I headed back to the hotel for the night, taking a brief detour around the airport terminal along the way, although there wasn't a huge amount to be seen.

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I left my hotel at 05:30 the following morning and made my way over to the terminal. There was a pretty long queue at check in, so I looked elsewhere to get a souvenir boarding pass. Luckily there was a hand baggage only line with just two people in it.

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No upgrade today unfortunately, although at least now I'd get a good comparison of business and economy.

Then it was off through security and a brief look airside, before heading down to gate 22.

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Once again it would be SP-LRA. I was hoping that -LRB would be put into action, but from looking at its history over the last week or so, I knew that it had been used pretty sparingly.

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Pretty difficult to get pictures here due to the curvature of the windows


Boarding started at 07:15 – once again no fanfare apart from the announcements onboard. I guess they only had a celebration for the first day of ops.

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Once through the door to the jet bridge there was a welcome surprise.

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It looked like we would be heading over to SP-LRB after all, which was a nice little twist to the tale. After the delays, cancellations, downgrades that I'd suffered over the last few months it was very welcome to not only get a trip where things had not only gone right but actually much better than expected. Once at the side of the jet, the ground crew were very accommodating towards people wanting to take pictures, and the seemed happy enough to let people hang around. Definitely a first. I took the rear steps.

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Under the wing, you know


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Definitely the 787!



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User currently offlinejwhite9185 From United Kingdom, joined May 2007, 1248 posts, RR: 4
Reply 2, posted (1 year 6 months 3 weeks 4 days 15 hours ago) and read 11645 times:


LO281
WAW-LHR
31st December 2012
787-85D / SP-LRB
Seat: 22A / Economy
Scheduled: 07:45/09:35
Off stand: 08:03
On stand: 09:47


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Once onboard, it appeared to be a pretty full flight. In the rear section of economy at least I couldn't see a single spare seat. The crew made the usual announcements, and interestingly they were a little louder and less distorted on -LRB

The legroom wasn't too bad, but the width could of been better. Or it could have been down to the guy next to me who not only thought both armrests were his, but also seemed to have his legs in a permanent ten to two position.

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The final Busload


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Flying time


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And route



We then pushed back and made our way over to the runway quite slowly. The captain announced a flying time of 2 hours.

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Once at the runway, we taxied into position and held for a minute or two while a EuroLot landed on the cross runway. As soon as that had passed, we were off.

  Departure from WAW

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Once airborne, the crew distributed the headsets, shortly followed by breakfast. Although to be honest, it was more of a lunch. Either way it was more substantial and tasty than the business class meal I had yesterday, which was a little strange I thought.

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The rest of the flight was mostly uneventful - apart from the person at behind thinking that the seatback touchscreen required a lot of force. And a few light bumps along the way.

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Wing Detail


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Descent into London started at 08:57. Unsurprisingly, we ended up doing a few laps North of London. Also unsurprisingly, the weather wasn't too great so there wasn't much to be seen until on short finals.

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Looking grey over London


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Touchdown was with a reasonable bump and we made the short taxi (or drive as BA put it) over to terminal 1.

  Landing into a wet LHR

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As I'd been held captive in my seat for the whole flight, I decided to hang back and get a few pictures after everybody else had left. This caught the attention of the crewmember looking after the section I was in, and he asked what I thought of the new plane. Well in business, the product was very good - although the service wasn't quite up to the standards of BA/LH etc. In economy, I must admit I didn't find it awfully different to any other plane I had been on really. The cabin air seemed a bit fresher though and it wasn’t quite as dry. The air conditioning seemed more like the sort you would get from a car than a plane is the best I can really describe it.

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Premium Cabin

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I didn’t bother with any pics of the business cabin as I covered that yesterday.

I attempted to get a reasonable time in the flight deck this time round, but once again I was limited to two rushed pics before I was thrown out. They still turned out better than my previous attempts though.

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Interestingly, on both sectors there was a British guy from Monarch engineering on the flight deck. I heard him mention on yesterday's flight that he was based in WAW. It was a little annoying I didn't get to find out more, as it seemed odd that Monarch would base somebody at an airport they don't serve on a type they don't even have on order.

After that, it was once again into the future Terminal 2, taking some pictures along the way.

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I thought these were only novelty signs?!


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T2 overview


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T1 baggage claim


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And the last ditch effort to sell you stuff you don’t want.


The plus side of all the hanging around was that by the time I'd got to passport control I was virtually the only person there so I was through in seconds. It was then off to the central bus station for the final time this year and homeward bound to put the finishing touches to the report!

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And so brings to an end my most comprehensive year of flying ever. I had well and truly beaten my previous record of eight sectors in a calendar year, set in 1991. I logged ten new types, nine new airlines, eleven new countries and sixteen new airports on board thirty sectors. 2013 is shaping up to be pretty good too with fourteen sectors booked between now and the beginning of May covering new airlines, types, airports, countries and continents as well as re familiarizing myself with a couple of old types and an airline I haven’t flown with in 22 years! I’ll also be trying out a current airlines new venture on board its inaugural UK domestic flight in March.

There’s still one more report from earlier in December to be posted, although I decided to put my efforts into this one as it’s of more interest.

But until then, happy New Year!

Previous trip reports

British Airways LGW-AGP-LCY 737/E190 Nov. 2012 (by jwhite9185 Dec 1 2012 in Trip Reports)
Part 2: 5 Flights 3 Airlines MXP-ZRH-DUS-LHR LX/LH (by jwhite9185 Nov 14 2012 in Trip Reports)
Part 1: 5 Flights 3 Airlines LHR-BRU-MXP In Theory (by jwhite9185 Oct 29 2012 in Trip Reports)
Cancellations, Widebodies And Iberia LHR-MAD-LHR (by jwhite9185 Oct 17 2012 in Trip Reports)
Virgin Atlantic's New A330 LHR-JFK-LHR (by jwhite9185 Sep 21 2012 in Trip Reports)
A Night In Amsterdam - KLM F70/738 LHR-AMS-LHR (by jwhite9185 Aug 28 2012 in Trip Reports)
Trying Out Flybe - LGW-BHD-GLA-BHD-LGW (by jwhite9185 Jul 11 2012 in Trip Reports)
A Day Trip To MAN (by jwhite9185 Jun 21 2012 in Trip Reports)
Nice, Monaco And The Great British Lounge With BMI (by jwhite9185 May 13 2012 in Trip Reports)
EI237/182 LGW-DUB-LHR And 2 Lounges (by jwhite9185 Apr 18 2012 in Trip Reports)
LGW-FRA-BRU-LHR With LH And SN (by jwhite9185 Mar 27 2012 in Trip Reports)
BA906/8735 LHR-FRA-LCY (by jwhite9185 Mar 13 2012 in Trip Reports)
VS015/016 LGW-MCO-LGW June 2010 (by jwhite9185 Jan 20 2012 in Trip Reports)
VS006 MIA-LHR A340-642 June 2008 (by jwhite9185 Feb 10 2012 in Trip Reports)
Virgin Atlantic 747 To BGI - October 2007 (by jwhite9185 Aug 3 2012 in Trip Reports)



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User currently offlinePlaneHunter From Germany, joined Mar 2006, 6714 posts, RR: 78
Reply 3, posted (1 year 6 months 3 weeks 4 days 14 hours ago) and read 11471 times:

Hi James,

great report about your Dreamliner experience, I was looking forward to this one! Congratulations on getting upgraded and getting SP-LRB as well. You were really lucky!

You took many nice wing shots, that's what I hadn't been able to do on my evening flights. And boarding by stairs was an additional treat!

Btw - thanks for posting a link to my report!   

Quoting jwhite9185 (Thread starter):
As it turned out, it was lucky I didn’t choose the very first LOT Dreamliner flight into Heathrow. Due to landing gear issues with SP-LRA, the planned 787 flights were substituted on that day for the tried and tested 737-400.

At least two round trips to MUC were operated by 734s, too.

Quoting jwhite9185 (Thread starter):
Not having any idea of the conversion rate I didn’t know if this was expensive or not, however upon checking the currency convertor it worked out to about £45 – Bargain!

Yes, very good deal.

Quoting jwhite9185 (Thread starter):
As the flight was empty, the friendly check in agent said she would upgrade me to premium. After thanking her and mentioning that I'd chosen this flight for the Dreamliner, she replied if that's the case she’d put me in business if her supervisor agreed to it. She wondered over to another older guy checking people in, he glanced over at me, gave a slight nod and then she replied saying it was fine. She then gave me a choice of row one, two or three. I said I didn’t really mind as long as I had a window. So she gave me seat 1F.

What a nice surprise!

Quoting jwhite9185 (Thread starter):
Unlike PH’s flight there was no fanfare for this sector. The only mention came onboard during the announcements, mentioning the promotional flights.

Would be interesting to know if there was a celebration on the first day of Dreamliner operations to LHR.

Quoting jwhite9185 (Thread starter):
As PH mentioned, the dark blue on black buttons don’t make it too clear and the not so obvious position of the controller didn’t help matters either.

  


Happy New Year!

PH



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User currently offlinevisualapproach From United Kingdom, joined Feb 2012, 120 posts, RR: 0
Reply 4, posted (1 year 6 months 3 weeks 4 days 14 hours ago) and read 11460 times:

An enjoyable report. Are you flying LHR-MAN on the inaugural flight then?

User currently offlineairbuseric From Netherlands, joined Jan 2005, 4253 posts, RR: 51
Reply 5, posted (1 year 6 months 3 weeks 4 days 14 hours ago) and read 11381 times:

Nice report James. Good pics and always good to score different registrations, especially under this situation when LO have only 2.

Regards
Eric



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User currently offlinejwhite9185 From United Kingdom, joined May 2007, 1248 posts, RR: 4
Reply 6, posted (1 year 6 months 3 weeks 4 days 13 hours ago) and read 11299 times:

Thanks for the comments already!

PH,

Quoting PlaneHunter (Reply 3):
great report about your Dreamliner experience

Thanks,

Quoting PlaneHunter (Reply 3):
Congratulations on getting upgraded and getting SP-LRB as well. You were really lucky!

Yeah first op-up I'd had since 2000 on a flight back from ORD with VS. Glad a logged -LRB also.

Quoting PlaneHunter (Reply 3):
You took many nice wing shots, that's what I hadn't been able to do on my evening flights. And boarding by stairs was an additional treat!

The wings on this bird have always amazed me, so I was glad to experience them flexing on takeoff first hand. I'm wondering if -LRA has gone tech again as it seemed odd that -LRA was at the gate, yet -LRB hadn't moved from its remote stand overnight. I heard a few rumours amongst other enthusiasts when disembarking at LHR that it had problems again.

Quoting PlaneHunter (Reply 3):
Btw - thanks for posting a link to my report!

No problem!

Quoting PlaneHunter (Reply 3):
At least two round trips to MUC were operated by 734s, too.

Must of been in the slight gap between -LRA going tech and -LRB being delivered. Wonder if there will ban any more 734 subs now?

Quoting PlaneHunter (Reply 3):
What a nice surprise!

It really was. Had a big smile on my face for about 15 minutes after that.

Quoting PlaneHunter (Reply 3):
Would be interesting to know if there was a celebration on the first day of Dreamliner operations to LHR.

Looking at the wording on the certificate you got, it seemed like they would be given to every passenger on the European flights even if they didn't have the celebrations.

visualapproach,

Quoting visualapproach (Reply 4):
An enjoyable report.

Thank you.

Quoting visualapproach (Reply 4):
Are you flying LHR-MAN on the inaugural flight then?

No, I'll be on the MAN-LHR sector - the very first flight!

Eric,

Quoting airbuseric (Reply 5):
Nice report James.

Thanks,

Quoting airbuseric (Reply 5):
Good pics and always good to score different registrations, especially under this situation when LO have only 2.

Thanks. I guess for a short time, I'll have been on 100% of the LO 787 fleet.



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User currently offlineWidebodyroga From United States of America, joined Sep 2008, 613 posts, RR: 16
Reply 7, posted (1 year 6 months 3 weeks 4 days 12 hours ago) and read 10979 times:

Hey J,

Really cool trip report. It seems like Warsaw is the hottest European airport to fly into these days (due to the 787). Nice that you got to sample it too.


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Man, before the addition of that tiny red stripe on the tail the LOT livery was "OK". With that tiny spec of red the livery is now totally kickass. Lovely.


Some great photos of Warsaw by the way. Certain buildings make it look remarkably similar to Sofia.


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Wow, a gay-pride light display in Warsaw? What would the Pope say?

Quoting jwhite9185 (Thread starter):
And so brings to an end my most comprehensive year of flying ever. I had well and truly beaten my previous record of eight sectors in a calendar year, set in 1991. I logged ten new types, nine new airlines, eleven new countries and sixteen new airports

Congrats!

Thanks again,

Widebodyroga



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User currently offlinedelta777jet From Germany, joined Jun 2000, 1247 posts, RR: 3
Reply 8, posted (1 year 6 months 3 weeks 4 days 11 hours ago) and read 10894 times:

Quoting jwhite9185 (Thread starter):
Interestingly, on both sectors there was a British guy from Monarch engineering on the flight deck. I heard him mention on yesterday's flight that he was based in WAW. It was a little annoying I didn't get to find out more, as it seemed odd that Monarch would base somebody at an airport they don't serve on a type they don't even have on order.

Thats because Monarch Engineering got the maintenance contract to look after the 787 of LOT. It seems odd, that LOT will not use their own resources, but that's how it is.



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User currently offlinejwhite9185 From United Kingdom, joined May 2007, 1248 posts, RR: 4
Reply 9, posted (1 year 6 months 3 weeks 4 days 11 hours ago) and read 10812 times:

Stojan,

Quoting Widebodyroga (Reply 7):
Really cool trip report.

Thanks,

Quoting Widebodyroga (Reply 7):
It seems like Warsaw is the hottest European airport to fly into these days (due to the 787).

Yeah theres been a few reports over the last week or two. No doubt there will be more to come. Another reason why I chose to get this one done quickly. So it didn't become yet another LOT Dreamliner report!

Quoting Widebodyroga (Reply 7):
Man, before the addition of that tiny red stripe on the tail the LOT livery was "OK". With that tiny spec of red the livery is now totally kickass. Lovely.

I guess you're right. Although the 787 in this basic livery looks very good anyway I think - much better than the Qatar example I pictured at LHR last week.

Quoting Widebodyroga (Reply 7):
Some great photos of Warsaw by the way.

Thanks, just a shame it was dark for pretty much the whole time I was in Poland

Quoting Widebodyroga (Reply 7):
Wow, a gay-pride light display in Warsaw?

Interesting one this - it was lit up like this from a distance, but close up it was all purple. Couldn't figure out if the lights changed colour or weather it was some sort of illusion with the lighting effect.



Delta777jet

Quoting delta777jet (Reply 8):
Thats because Monarch Engineering got the maintenance contract to look after the 787 of LOT. It seems odd, that LOT will not use their own resources, but that's how it is.

Ahh that clears that one up then. Maybe MON are hoping to get some on the cheap if LOT take a turn for the worse as predicted in a Polish newspaper that I read whilst I was there.



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User currently online817Dreamliiner From Montserrat, joined Jul 2008, 2182 posts, RR: 1
Reply 10, posted (1 year 6 months 3 weeks 4 days 10 hours ago) and read 10693 times:

Nice report!

Awesome you got upgraded on the first flight, lucky you! Great that you also got to bard via stairs, this is starting to become a rare occurrence, well, except LCC of course. Thanks for sharing your report, looking forward to reading more from you 



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User currently offlineroberts87 From Netherlands, joined Dec 2011, 959 posts, RR: 0
Reply 11, posted (1 year 6 months 3 weeks 4 days 5 hours ago) and read 10141 times:

Great report, thanks for posting!
Congrats on logging the 787! And getting an upgrade on the outbound, and boarding by stairs on the way back, how cool is that?!


User currently offlinereifel From Germany, joined Feb 2005, 1327 posts, RR: 1
Reply 12, posted (1 year 6 months 3 weeks 4 days 5 hours ago) and read 10051 times:

Thanks so much for sharing!
You were terribly lucky with your upgrade! Hope I will have same luck, too  
The Star Alliance lounge at T1 is not really nice. The old BMI lounge in the same terminal was sooo much nicer, but I believe it is not of any use now for *G holders...

Premium Economy looks great, I believe with the Dreamliner LOT now offers a great long haul product.

Concerning the food, they have been offering these Polo bars since I can think  


User currently offlinejwhite9185 From United Kingdom, joined May 2007, 1248 posts, RR: 4
Reply 13, posted (1 year 6 months 3 weeks 4 days 4 hours ago) and read 9954 times:

Hi Robert,

Quoting roberts87 (Reply 11):
Congrats on logging the 787! And getting an upgrade on the outbound, and boarding by stairs on the way back, how cool is that?!

As I mentioned, the upgrade was a huge surprise, as was getting LRB on the return especially considering -LRA was parked at the gate the flight was departing from.

Frederic,

Quoting reifel (Reply 12):
You were terribly lucky with your upgrade! Hope I will have same luck, too

I guess the trick is to get there early and mention you're taking the trip especially to get the Dreamliner.

Quoting reifel (Reply 12):
The Star Alliance lounge at T1 is not really nice. The old BMI lounge in the same terminal was sooo much nicer

Completely agree, plus the view was much better from the BMI lounge. Hopefully I'll get to try it out in its BMI form at some point this year.

Quoting reifel (Reply 12):
I believe with the Dreamliner LOT now offers a great long haul product.

Their business product was pretty good - better than VS actually. Still to make my mind up on the economy seat though. Hard to say for sure as my seatmate was taking up a lot of room. Maybe an excuse to book another trip...

Quoting reifel (Reply 12):
Concerning the food, they have been offering these Polo bars since I can think

I've seen them featured on quite a few TR's already. They were quite good actually, although I'm still questioning the reason behind serving them on such an early flight on the return.



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User currently offlineba319-131 From United Kingdom, joined Jan 2001, 8488 posts, RR: 55
Reply 14, posted (1 year 6 months 3 weeks 4 days 4 hours ago) and read 9912 times:
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Hi James,

Great report and pictures, thanks for sharing.

Congratulations on joining the 787 'flown' crew, still not many of us on the list, even less of us who have two plus under our belts  
Quoting jwhite9185 (Thread starter):
As the flight was empty, the friendly check in agent said she would upgrade me to premium. After thanking her and mentioning that I'd chosen this flight for the Dreamliner, she replied if that's the case she’d put me in business if her supervisor agreed to it. She wondered over to another older guy checking people in, he glanced over at me, gave a slight nod and then she replied saying it was fine. She then gave me a choice of row one, two or three. I said I didn’t really mind as long as I had a window. So she gave me seat 1F. This would be the first time I'd sat in row 1.

- Now that is nice, hugely unexpected at that too!

Quoting jwhite9185 (Thread starter):
I was greeted at the door by two friendly polish flight attendants and directed to seat 1F.

- Ah, 1F, opposite side of my fav, 1A.

Quoting jwhite9185 (Thread starter):
the lunch service started. First off the table was set, then the drinks were brought round – this time in proper glasses – then the main course. The choice was beef or fish. I chose the beef - although it was only really a mouthful, it was still just about edible. The dessert was a bit hard too, like it had been chilled just a bit too much.

- Hmm, looks a bit of a weak offering really, quite 'cheap' looking.

Quoting jwhite9185 (Thread starter):
was still in amazement at quite how quiet it was. There was very little engine noise, although there was a loud-ish electrical hum throughout the flight that I had seen mentioned on other reports from the Japanese examples.

- Glad others are hearing this electrical 'noise'.

Quoting jwhite9185 (Thread starter):
on both sectors there was a British guy from Monarch engineering on the flight deck. I heard him mention on yesterday's flight that he was based in WAW. It was a little annoying I didn't get to find out more, as it seemed odd that Monarch would base somebody at an airport they don't serve on a type they don't even have on order.

- Despite ZB cancelling their 787's, the engineering department will/are still supporting the 787 in Europe, could well be LOT have retained Monarch Engineering to maintain their 787 fleet.

Cheers

Mark



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Reply 15, posted (1 year 6 months 3 weeks 4 days 4 hours ago) and read 9848 times:
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Great report!

Interesting to read and see photos of the experience you had flying with LOT on their new 787. Elite Club looks spacious, and I love the dimming windows!

I'm looking forward to flying on a 787 sometime in the near future here in the US!

Best,

Matthew


User currently offlineThomasCook From United Kingdom, joined Aug 2004, 793 posts, RR: 8
Reply 16, posted (1 year 6 months 3 weeks 4 days 3 hours ago) and read 9816 times:

Hi,

Nice comparison to read and compare notes from my trip too!

Quoting ba319-131 (Reply 14):
- Hmm, looks a bit of a weak offering really, quite 'cheap' looking.

Obviously this is the short haul offering, not long haul. Looks more appealing then BA Club Europe's offering or KLMs snack box. LOT have totally overhauled their long haul offering ready for the 787.

Quoting ba319-131 (Reply 14):
- Despite ZB cancelling their 787's, the engineering department will/are still supporting the 787 in Europe, could well be LOT have retained Monarch Engineering to maintain their 787 fleet.

Travel Service Engineers were also on hand in Prague for my flights. Perhaps both Monarch and Travel Service are simply 'shadowing' or working with LOT to build experience for their 787 engineering and operations in Travel Service's case.

Thanks
ThomasCook



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User currently offlineOA260 From Ireland, joined Nov 2006, 26847 posts, RR: 58
Reply 17, posted (1 year 6 months 3 weeks 3 days 16 hours ago) and read 9243 times:

Great report James  

Lovely photos and nice to see all three cabins. Loved your photos of Warsaw, been there many times and like the city.

Looking forward to your next report .

Regards

Philip  


User currently offlinejwhite9185 From United Kingdom, joined May 2007, 1248 posts, RR: 4
Reply 18, posted (1 year 6 months 3 weeks 3 days 6 hours ago) and read 8584 times:

Mark,

Quoting ba319-131 (Reply 14):
Great report and pictures

Thanks

Quoting ba319-131 (Reply 14):
Congratulations on joining the 787 'flown' crew, still not many of us on the list, even less of us who have two plus under our belts

Yeah, pretty strange to think I've now logged two 787's before I've logged a single 777 of any variant!

Quoting ba319-131 (Reply 14):
Now that is nice, hugely unexpected at that too!

Definitely.

Quoting ba319-131 (Reply 14):
Ah, 1F, opposite side of my fav, 1A.

1A would of been good, but anywhere in that cabin would of done.

Quoting ba319-131 (Reply 14):
Hmm, looks a bit of a weak offering really, quite 'cheap' looking.

One of the weakest business meals I've had. Although still not quite as bad as BA's afternoon tea! As i mentioned, the economy meal was more substantial.

Quoting ba319-131 (Reply 14):
Glad others are hearing this electrical 'noise'.

Its a strange one. Only time I've heard a noise like that is at work when they're running a transformer up. And I wouldn't of thought a Dreamliner has that sort of power on board!

Quoting ba319-131 (Reply 14):
Despite ZB cancelling their 787's, the engineering department will/are still supporting the 787 in Europe, could well be LOT have retained Monarch Engineering to maintain their 787 fleet.

Guess it could be a money earner for them with relatively little overheads.

767747,

Quoting 767747 (Reply 15):
Great report!

Thanks,

Quoting 767747 (Reply 15):
I'm looking forward to flying on a 787 sometime in the near future here in the US!

They're not bad, but a little over hyped. I guess it comes down to how the individual airline configures it though. If I had gone in business both directions, I'd probably had the opinion it was brilliant. If I had gone economy both ways and had a seat mate taking up the room I would of thought it was awful! Guess I need another trip before I'm swayed either way.

Quoting ThomasCook (Reply 16):
Obviously this is the short haul offering, not long haul. Looks more appealing then BA Club Europe's offering or KLMs snack box. LOT have totally overhauled their long haul offering ready for the 787.

Even so, It was pretty poor I though. Barely a mouthful. The economy roll was very good though - better than I've had on LH and BA.

Philip,

Quoting OA260 (Reply 17):
Great report James

Thanks,

Quoting OA260 (Reply 17):
Loved your photos of Warsaw, been there many times and like the city.

Just a shame it was dark for all but about 15 minutes of my time in the city!

Quoting OA260 (Reply 17):
Looking forward to your next report .

It's pretty much done, so hopefully you shouldn't have too long to wait.



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User currently offlineFLIEGER67 From France, joined Sep 2003, 5133 posts, RR: 55
Reply 19, posted (1 year 6 months 3 weeks 3 days 4 hours ago) and read 8339 times:

Hi, J.,

good work.
Really interesting to follow you´re impressions after the pics and story by PH.
Sounds like a good move to catch especially these flights, well done.

Quoting jwhite9185 (Thread starter):
Under the wing, you know

Perfect, you know!.

Greetings,
Markus(FLIEGER67)



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User currently offlineLO231 From Belgium, joined Sep 2004, 2392 posts, RR: 23
Reply 20, posted (1 year 6 months 3 weeks 3 days 4 hours ago) and read 8339 times:

Thank you for replying to my comment in another dreamliner thread. Still hoping to get some kind of recognision as my flight on Sat will be the first out of BRU...


Got both LO 788 frames already, next LO E95 and 734 BRU-WAW-BRU
User currently offlinejwhite9185 From United Kingdom, joined May 2007, 1248 posts, RR: 4
Reply 21, posted (1 year 6 months 3 weeks 3 days 4 hours ago) and read 8321 times:

Markus,

Quoting FLIEGER67 (Reply 19):
good work.

Thanks,

Quoting FLIEGER67 (Reply 19):
Perfect, you know!.

The first thing I thought of when stepping off the bus was to get a first under the wing shot from the Dreamliner.

LO231,

Quoting LO231 (Reply 20):
Thank you for replying to my comment in another dreamliner thread.

No problem.

Quoting LO231 (Reply 20):
Still hoping to get some kind of recognision as my flight on Sat will be the first out of BRU...

It will be interesting to see - do let me know!



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User currently offlineLO231 From Belgium, joined Sep 2004, 2392 posts, RR: 23
Reply 22, posted (1 year 6 months 3 weeks 3 days 3 hours ago) and read 8275 times:

Hehe I will but after I come back from Poland. Vodka is waiting I guess, haven't seen my brother for a while... So my airliners and family needs will be met

[Edited 2013-01-02 14:45:01]


Got both LO 788 frames already, next LO E95 and 734 BRU-WAW-BRU
User currently offlineParton87 From Sweden, joined Sep 2008, 533 posts, RR: 0
Reply 23, posted (1 year 6 months 3 weeks 3 days 2 hours ago) and read 8163 times:

Hello James!

Thanks for the great report! Nice to read some more 787 report. Nice with the upgrade!

Lovely pictures from Warsaw as well! The old town looks nice with the Christmas decoration!

Greetings
Robert


User currently offlineLO231 From Belgium, joined Sep 2004, 2392 posts, RR: 23
Reply 24, posted (1 year 6 months 3 weeks 3 days ago) and read 8019 times:

Parton, I will have pics of Warsa next week when I come back from WAW both flights on 787. Hopefully I will get some pics to post


Got both LO 788 frames already, next LO E95 and 734 BRU-WAW-BRU
25 WROORD : Hi James, A very nice report on LOT's 787 in LHR. An upgrade to biz and both 787s that's called lucky. The hotel was a great bargain as well.Do you kn
26 LO231 : Parton, I will have pics of Warsaw next week when I come back from WAW both flights on 787. Hopefully I will get some pics to post
27 YYZatcboy : Nice trip report. When the crew dimmed the windows could you manually override them a bit so you could still see out or were your controlls locked out
28 Post contains images LO231 : It's official. 2 days to go
29 Post contains images sultanils : Hey James, Thanks for a most entertaining and interesting read. That really couldn’t be any better: a brandnew plane type, an upgrade to biz and fly
30 Post contains images MSS658 : Hey James Great report, thanks for taking the time to put this one up Glad you where able to catch these flights and a free upgrade to J makes it even
31 Post contains images CaptainRed : Hi James, enjoyable report here. Good to read more about the 787, and nice that you actually got to log both frames they have. Lucky for you that you
32 jwhite9185 : Parton87, No problem! Yeah it was a little crowded though, especially with the Christmas market. Felt like I couldnt quite fit it all into the picture
33 adamspotter : Hi James! Fantastic report on LOTs dreamliner, thanks for sharing it with us! Looks like you had 2 nice flights and congrats on the upgrade, very nice
34 jwhite9185 : Hi Brendan, No problem Yeah they were pretty good. One was obviously better than the other though! It was pretty good, just a shame I didn't have a li
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