Some months ago, when browsing through some route news, I suddenly stopped at a post, where the crew training and promotional flights of the new LOT 787 were published.
After checking out which routes are being flown with the new plane, I immediatly started to look for suitable dates and it didnt take a minute to convince my brother to join me on this trip.
As the fares for a return trip just on LOT were a bit too high for my liking, I booked a late morning good old Lufthansa flight to WAW with the return the next morning on the LO 787.
Cause the flight back is scheduled to leave at 7h25 on a sunday morning, I booked the Courtyard Marriott hotel, which was only a short walk from the terminal in Warsaw away and with only about 60 EUR a night for two persons, the value was excellent.
Sometime in december when reading all the problems going on at Lot Polish Airlines, I was actually a bit worried if my flight would still be operated by the 787 in January, but in the end everything was fine and even better.
So lets fast forward now some months to a rainy cold saturday morning in Germany.
The simple map for this weekend, thanks to Gcmaps
It was almost Markus like, when I got up early morning to catch the regional train to Frankfurt, where we arrived already at 07h20.
After checking in our baggage, the first stop of the day was the B-Gates Senator lounge for a breakfast.
The views there are a lot better than in the other lounges around.
After some lounging time there, we moved on to the new A Senatorlounge, which was quite full and it was even hard to find a table.
As our boarding was scheduled to start at 11:00, we went some 20mins early to the gate, where only a few people were already waiting, which means that the load to Warsaw would be a light one, and in the end there was indeed only a load factor of about 40%.
Boarding was soon completed and we started out scenic taxi to the active runway.
There were quite a lot of interesting sights on the way as usual in Frankfurt.
For our friends from Greece
The stupid LH
Is that you, Wilco?
After a short wait at the runway, the 2 CFM engines started to rumble and we made our way into the german winter mist.
Luckily the weather over the clouds was nice as usual and perfect to run away from the nasty winter weather, even if it was only for a short time.
Soon after the seatbelt sign was switched off, the crew started with their service, but what is on offer today?
, you never know what you get on shorthaul, but today it was........tadaaaa, the standard „Käsebrot“ cheese sandwich.
To wash down the dry and not tasty sandwich, I got a bottle of Warsteiner, which was perfectly chilled down.
Nice and empty cabin
The rest of the flight was uneventful and we landed in Okecie after a flighttime of about 1h35.
Dont want to be in there
Some LOT metal
Some more LOT metal, eh, composits
During deboarding the F/A in the backgalley opend the door and the wind coming in there was just freezing, so we agreed on closing it again, as she didnt like the cold weather as well.
First sight of LO 787
Upon arrival in Warsaw, we collected our luggage and walked over the short way to our hotel, which was located basically just on the other side of the street in front of the terminal.
After checking in there and dropping our stuff in the room, we soon went to the local train station to get to downtown Warsaw to have a look around.
The hotel room in the Courtyard Marriott
The hotel at night
The prices there were in general really good, but i didnt really like the town and there were a lot of people with an amazingly strong smell of alcohol. Not really my place, but for sure good to have it visited.
LOT Office in town:
After some time in town, we took our train back to the airport again, but I think Warsaw could extend their signs with a simple „airport“ to let the tourists know where to go, I guess a lot people dont know that the airport is named „Chopina“.
Really new airport train, only 4 pax on it though
Back at the airport we got dinner and then let called it a night, as we had to be up early the next morning.
Back at the airport the next morning, there were like 3 or 4 Wizzair flights checking in and therefore half of the check in hall was blocked by the people of that flights.
As the LOT check in counters were still closed, we went to the ticket counter to ask about the upgrade chances on that flight and after a call with a mysterious person on the other end, the woman on duty gave us green light that we both were upgraded to Premium class, but as her printer is broken, we had to go to the Tele Check in counter to get our new boarding passes.
By the way, never saw an airline that offers check in via the phone, I think with the mobile internet this isnt really up to date any more.
After the check in counters opened, we went their to drop our luggage, and my brother tried to get another upgrade to C class, as we were informed that the load was still light up front.
After another call, I guess with the same mysterious person, my brother got upgraded to C class, thanks to his *Gold.
Without having any status, I'm really happy to have got the bulkhead window seat in Premium.
Not many airports have HON CIRCLE check in, but no FC Check in
Next stop was the security check, where we got through in about 3 minutes and made a beeline to the Business lounge, where we were let in by a really friendly and good looking young woman.
The offer there was not bad and the chocolate muffins were really excellent, almost the same ones, you can get at Starbucks.
Dedicated HON CIRCLE table in the lounge
After breakfast we went down to our gate, where already a lot of guys with large cameras where taking pictures of every angle.
Suddenly I spotted a face and saw that fellow member F. Also got a ticket for this flight after his hassle with LO
After a nice talk to him and other Switzerland based aviation nuts, boarding soon started and I really got excited to have my first steps into this amazing plane.
Boarding was quite slow, so I had a proper look around the cabin first and I must say im really impressed by the product they offer in C and P class.
The P class cabin
Shiny new galley
Soon the boarding was completed and the seat luckily stayed empty.
There were two F/A on duty in my section and we got a selection of orange juice and water, where i chose the orange juice. I didnt really expect pre-departure drinks in Premium Class, as one can see it as a good premium economy product.
My orange juice
We got a very detailed speech from the purser of the flight, welcoming all of us on this Promotional 787 Dreamliner flight on Europe's first 787 operator.
Our friends from Poland are really proud of this plane and I must say with that excellent product, they really can be.
After a rather long taxi we got a quick de-icing of the wings, before we did another long taxi across the whole apron to the active departure runway.
The other LO Dreamliner SP-LRA
LOT Polish Airlines
As I expected a noisy spooling up of the engines next, I was quite shocked when I realized how silent those engines are, even a lot more silent than the A380, but it was still quite powerful.
Thats why we got up early...no words to describe
As soon as the seatbelt sign was switched off, half of the cabin got up to take pictures of basically everything around the cabin.
I first started to explore the seat and I must say, this is a real alternative for longhaul flights, as the seat comfort is really high and might be even better then some older craddle business class seats.
The legroom at the bulkhead was excellent
Seat in full recline
Darkened window, still not as dark as normal shades
One has to note as well that Premium passengers get the business class headphones as well.
Next stop was the economy cabin, and the seats there are really tight and I wouldnt want to be stuck in one of those 3-3-3 economy cabins on a longhaul flight.
Quite tight legroom in economy
The bulkhead display on the wall
Back at my seat I started to explore the IFE system, which of course was equiped with the latest air show.
The remote control
The selection of movies and TV
shows was rather boring and not that much on offer.
The following Feedback sheet was quite interesting and funny, what do you think?
Soon afterwards the service started and it consisted of the standard economy sandwich with an additional chocolate bar and about 3 drink runs in total.
With only three rows in this section, it was quite a relaxed cabin and the crew really made their best efforts for the passengers.
Nice touch to have a flower in the restroom
Unfortunately the flight came to an end way too soon and after about 1h20 in the air we landed in Frankfurt where we then did a 30mins taxi across the whole airport to our parking position.
I know a lot of guys, who will fly this bird in April
During deboarding, the groundstaff tried to get everbody into the busses as soon as possible, but they couldnt do anything when there came about 40 people taking pictures
After a long 20min wait for our baggage, we made our way back to the trainstation and after another 2,5h on the train we were home again.
Lufty was as standard as they could be. Same service, same crew attitude, same announcements, but all in all a good flight.
LO on the other side did an excellent job. Fantastic seat, great crew and probably the most comfortable plane to travel on.
For further longhaul plans, i will for sure consider LO if their fares are okay.
*** Bonus section ***
Here is a short review of the business class onboard LOTs 787, as my brother, who was traveling with me, got upgraded into that class.
All photos with the fisheye lens are taken by him.
The airy business class cabin with nice blue mood light
The business class breakfast
Thanks a LOT
for reading my report.
Questions are highly appreciated.