(sorry, Polish only) just came out on Pasazer.com about LOT's Longhaul plans.
Here is a paraphrase of some of the highlights:
1. LOT has supposedly negotiated 3/weekly Siberian Overflight rights for flights to PEK
2. Ticket sales on WAWPEK are intended to start in January, route may commence as soon as 1 June, using 763 equipment.
3. There are some questions about the viability of WAWPEK (RE: Summer 2008 when the route ran for 2 months, albeit with poor timing), stating perhaps NRT
and especially PVG
may be more promising.
4. Longhaul expansion without additional 763's leads to questions about whether WAWHAN or WAWEWR might be cancelled. Alternatively, 767's or 777's may still be leased to accommodate expansion, as part of a 787 delays compensation package.
5. Rumors have been floating around about LOT considering another route like HAN
(little competition from Europe, moderate local O&D demand) namely CGK
, or HYD
, however any of these will very obviously be very low yielding.
6. LOT has expressed the need to start flights to the US west coast (i.e. LAX
In my opinion, WAWLAS and WAWCGK (with a stop to address range issues), in addition to WAWDAR, and others, would be excellent routes for LOT Charters to fly with a hand-me-down 763 on a weekly or biweekly (every two weeks) basis.
LOT should concentrate on what's going to bring in Business traffic between Asia and Poland as well as connections from it's strong shorthaul network in Central Europe.
[Edited 2011-11-10 09:19:26]