LOT Polish Airlines stated (17-May-2013) its third Boeing 787 landed at Warsaw Frederic Chopin Airport on 17-May-2013 from Paine Field Airport near Seattle. LOT Polish Airlines member of the Board for technical and operational issues Tomasz Balcerzak said: “Very soon, as the only airline in Europe, we will offer our passengers again a unique standard of travel. From June 5, when we are planning to bring the Boeings 787 back to regular service, our passengers will discover all the treats we have prepared for them. Three classes – Elite Club, Premium Club and the economy class, friendly and more spacious interior is what makes the travelling more comfortable than ever before". By Aug-2013, LOT is planning to receive five aircraft of this type. [more - original PR]
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