Mon, 4 Dec 2017

LOT Polish Airlines Takes Delivery of First Boeing 737 MAX 8

LOT Polish Airlines has taken delivery of its first Boeing 737 MAX.

 Apart from six 737 MAX 8s, LOT plans to expand its fleet of Dreamliners by adding four more 787-9s by the end of 2019.

"We are proud to be one of the first carriers in the world with the state-of-the-art Boeing 737 MAX aircraft in our short and middle-haul fleet," said Rafal Milczarski, chief executive officer, LOT Polish Airlines. "With the most modern Boeing 787 Dreamliners and brand new 737 MAX we are the most comfortable airline for our customers, more cost efficient and last, but not least, friendlier to the environment."

Lot Polish Airlines Boeing 737 MAX 8 reg: SP-LVA departing Seattle. Picture: Paul Gordon. Click to enlarge.

The Polish flag carrier is using the new airplanes to grow its network. Since 2016, LOT has launched 42 routes, including a long-haul service from Warsaw to Los Angeles, Newark and Krakˇw to Chicago. In May 2018, LOT will launch connections from Warsaw to Singapore as well as from Budapest to New York City and Chicago.

"We are very pleased to announce this first 737 MAX lease placement with LOT, which is the first of six new 737 MAX 8s on long- term lease to the airline. The MAX 8 offers new efficiencies and an enhanced passenger experience that will better serve LOT's growing route networks," said Steven F. Udvar-Hazy, Air Lease Corporation's Executive Chairman. ALC has 129 more 737 MAX airplanes on order.

The Boeing 737 MAX is powered by CFM International LEAP-1B engines. 

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