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LOT Polish Airlines to return to Singapore

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LOT Polish Airlines has announced it is returning to Singapore ater 23 years. The carrier will restart the Warsaw – Singapore route on May 15, 2018 with Boeing 787-8 Dreamliners.

The Star Alliance member previously served Singapore from 1988 to 1995 according to Airline Route.

Bottom Copyright Photo: LOT Polish Airlines Boeing 787-8 Dreamliner SP-LRC (msn 35940) YYZ (TMK Photography). Image: 923866.

LOT Polish Airlines Boeing 787-8 Dreamliner SP-LRC (msn 35940) YYZ (TMK Photography). Image: 923866.

LOT Polish outlines its growth plans, will increase the Dreamliner fleet to 16, return to Newark

LOT Polish outlines its growth plans, will increase the Dreamliner fleet to 16, return to Newark

LOT Polish Airlines is planning further profitable growth including a return to Newark and a new route to Seoul. The airline issued this statement:

LOT presented its 2020 profitable growth strategy. During that time the carrier plans to achieve sustainable viability and become a leading airline in Poland and Central and Eastern Europe servicing over 10 million passengers per year, gradually increasing its fleet and launching new flights.

LOT’s strategy is based on five pillars: taking advantage of potential that lies in a growing market, developing a network of connections and a hub, competition, boosting effectiveness and building a committed team.

“Taking maximal advantage of the fact that the market of air services in Poland and the Central and Eastern Europe is bound to grow at a much quicker pace than in other European countries is a starting point for our plan of further growth. We have estimated that in Poland alone the number of passengers is going to grow at about 5% per year. It is a huge opportunity for us,” says Rafał Milczarski, LOT’s CEO.

LOT is going to regain its lost market share in Poland, aiming for approx. 25%. It means that the number of its passengers as early as in 2020 is going to exceed 10m vis-a-vis 4.3m in 2015. Hence the airlines have announced that they are going to continue to develop their network of connections with long-haul flights being its most important element.

“Long-distance flights are the most profitable part of our business and being the only airlines in the region, LOT has the related growth potential. We are mostly going to focus on developing flights to North America and most important business centers in Asia. Connections to Central Asia and to the Middle East are particularly interesting from our perspective. Warsaw’s geographical location allows to develop an unmatched offering of flights to countries such as Kazakhstan or Iran. We are going to take advantage of that potential,” adds Rafał Milczarski.

In just a few weeks LOT is going to launch a direct flight to Seoul and next year another connection to Newark in the USA is scheduled to be opened. Flights to the NYC’s second airport will be initially operated 4 and then 5 times a week, starting from the beginning of the 2017 summer season.

“We are happy to return to Newark because it is an important connection to the Polish community. Newark is also an important interchange for passengers who continue their travel to other destinations in the United States and it simply extends our offering,” says Rafał Milczarski.

Soon LOT is going to announce more new destinations. LOT’s CEO points out that as the network of connections keeps developing, the carrier’s Warsaw hub must keep pace as well. Ensuring the shortest and most convenient transfers is one of key conditions underlying the strategy’s implementation.

“As new long-distance flights are launched, the number of short-distance flights, especially from the Central and Eastern Europe, is going to go up as well. We assume that the percentage of transfer passengers, that is, those who change planes in Warsaw, is going to approximate 50% in 2020. Being our hub, the airport must keep up with our development, that is, ensure appropriate infrastructure and capacity. It is a huge challenge for the Warsaw Chopin Airport which in 2020 is going to reach its capacity limits. In the years to come LOT is going to continue with developing its hub at the Warsaw Chopin Airport but ultimately its offering will have to be transferred to another, centrally located airport in Poland,” says LOT’s CEO.

A convenient timetable of flights is not the only competitive edge LOT enjoys. The Polish carrier is going to compete on the market offering the best value for money. LOT has been planning more customized promotions and working on developing additional products and services.

“LOT will no longer be perceived as expensive airlines. Travelling with LOT Polish Airlines can be inexpensive, plus we are capable of going beyond what other low-budget airlines can ensure, namely, for example, free checked baggage or free meals on board,” says Rafał Milczarski. “Competition requires us to build a strong sales structure on all markets on which we are present. We are going to strengthen our co-operation with travel agents who are the backbone of our sales operations in the corporate sector and on the other hand we want to increase the footprint and sales via our lot.com Website which is intended to be the source of best deals for passengers who are most sensitive to price,” adds LOT CEO.

LOT intends to measure customer satisfaction with its services on a regular basis. That ratio is one of the elements that help monitor the strategy’s implementation.
To improve its product portfolio and develop its network of connections LOT will need a strong and efficient fleet. The company estimates that in 2020 it will operate a total of approximately 70 aircraft, including 16 Dreamliners and approximately 15 new single-aisle planes with 150-plus seating capacity.

“LOT is able to develop its fleet on its own thanks to operating leases in that way significantly reducing a burden on the company’s finances and improving availability and delivery time for the planes. In 2017 the first few single-aisle aircrafts are going to be added to our fleet. We are in the final phase of negotiations. We also expect the delivery of two new Boeing 787 Dreamliners. We are going to simplify and standardize our target fleet,” says Rafał Milczarski.

One of key factors allowing LOT to achieve sustainable viability involves steadily increasing the company’s effectiveness in all areas of its operations. Today LOT is one of the most effective airlines in Europe in terms of costs. However, its cost effectiveness ratio is planned to improve to reach 5.5 USc/ASK vis-a-vis the present level of 6.51 USc/ASK. LOT will also ensure the highest possible operational reliability. Its goal is to maintain service regularity at 99% and punctuality at 87%. Thanks to that, it will be among the most punctual airlines in the world.

Copyright Photo: LOT Polish Airlines Boeing 787-8 Dreamliner SP-LRC (msn 35940) PAE (Nick Dean). Image: 911988.

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LOT announces increased frequencies to North America and new destinations

LOT Polish Airlines (Warsaw) in the winter season of 2016/2017 will enhance its presence in the US by increasing frequencies from New York (JFK) and Chicago (O’Hare) to Warsaw. The Polish carrier has also announced several new long-haul destinations from its Warsaw hub to Bangkok, Seoul and Tokyo (Narita). LOT will also launch more than a dozen new European connections, thus expanding its hub and providing convenient connecting flights to passengers flying to such cities as Ljubljana, Zurich, Cluj-Napoca and Nice.

The airline continued:

Long-haul flights are the most important part of LOT’s strategy. The first new long-haul flight is scheduled for January 13, 2016 and will be to Tokyo–the first direct connection from Poland and New Europe (Central and Eastern Europe) to Japan. Bangkok and Seoul will start in autumn 2016. The Polish carrier will also enhance its presence in New York and Chicago by adding two additional frequencies to its winter schedule from each city.

“Opening new long-haul destinations is essential for our development, which is why we will launch them as quickly as possible,” said Sebastian Mikosz, CEO of LOT Polish Airlines.

“Even now, connections operated by the Dreamliner (above) are the most profitable part of our business.

LOT is the only airline that offers on a larger scale, convenient, regular flights from Poland and New Europe to New York, Chicago, Toronto and Beijing. Four current connections will be supplemented with three more, and later this year, LOT will announce two new long-haul destinations to operate in 2016. After opening these five new destinations next year, LOT will more than double its network of long-haul connections compared to today. We want our hub to develop along with us. Opening more than a dozen European connections guarantees even more convenient transfers for new passengers from Poland and the entire region. But the new connections are just the start. Next year we plan to enhance our presence in those destinations where we already operate. This means, for example, an increased frequency of flights from Chicago and New York in the winter season.”

In addition to the new long-haul flights, LOT will begin to fly to three new destinations in Europe in 2016: from Warsaw to Venice and Cluj-Napoca (January) and to Ljubljana (March). LOT will also return to routes that were suspended due to the Restructuring Plan. Thus LOT’s passengers will be able to fly directly from Warsaw to Barcelona (January) and to Athens, Nice, Zurich and Beirut (March). From January 2016, flights between Warsaw and Belgrade, Dusseldorf, Yerevan, Chisinau, Zagreb and between Gdansk and Krakow will be restored, many of which are the connections suspended since July this year, as part of the final pool of compensatory measures required by the European Commission.

LOT is able to operate the entire first phase of its network development using only existing aircraft.

Copyright Photo: Chris Sands/AirlinersGallery.com. Boeing 787-8 Dreamliner SP-LRC (msn 35940) departs from Calgary.

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LOT Polish Airlines to launch flights to Tokyo, will restore four routes

LOT Polish Airlines (Warsaw) has announced it will launch nonstop Boeing 787-8 Dreamliner flights from Warsaw to Tokyo (Narita) starting on January 13, 2016. The new route will operate three days a week.

In other news, according to Airline Route, the carrier will restore four routes to Belgrade, Chisinau, Yerevan and Zagreb in early January. These four routes were due to be dropped on July 1.

Copyright Photo: TMK Photography/AirlinersGallery.com. Boeing 787-8 Dreamliner SP-LRC (msn 35940) arrives in Toronto (Pearson).

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Photo below: LOT Polish Airlines. The economy cabin of the Boeing 787-8.

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LOT Polish Airlines produces its first profit in seven years

LOT Polish Airlines (Warsaw) is back in the black, producing its first profit in seven years. The airline issued this statement:

LOT ended 2014 in the black. With more than PLN 99 million ($26 million) profit on its core business of flying, LOT earned 40 percent more than it planned. This is the company’s first profit in seven years.

LOT was supposed to end 2014 with PLN 70 million ($19 million) profit on its core business but it is almost 30 million ($8 million) above the Restructuring Plan assumptions and 103 million ($27 million) more than in 2013.

“The company is steadily improving its situation, stabilizing its financial condition and getting ready for rapid growth in the next year,” said Sebastian Mikosz, CEO, LOT Polish Airlines. “The positive result on the core business, which is a key indicator of our company’s health, is of utmost importance since it has been achieved regardless of the compensation measures required by the European Commission.”

“Because of the public aid received, we had to cut the number of flights by almost eight percent in 2014, compared to the previous year. Nevertheless, we carried two percent more passengers and increased the revenue in comparison with 2013, while keeping a similar cost level,” continued Mikosz.

The company owes its positive results to consistent changes and initiatives included in the Restructuring Plan. Most of them were added as early as in 2013, but 2014 was the first full year to have seen the results. LOT continues to modernize and expand its sales channels, including mobile solutions. The quality of service is gradually improving. New products are being added to address new passenger groups in the market.

The new philosophy of building a network has also paid off. LOT has increased its connecting capacities by as much as over 40 percent in its Warsaw hub. Such connecting options are among the reasons why LOT has become the first choice for a constantly growing number of passengers from Poland as well as the entire Eastern and Central Europe region.

2014 was also the first year to have seen the Dreamliner effect since it was only in the entire past year that all long-haul flights were operated exclusively with these aircraft. The Boeing 787 Dreamliner is not only popular among passengers but provides tangible benefits, such as fuel savings. LOT currently operates six Dreamliners on its schedule network, leases them to other airlines and operates long-haul charter flights in the winter season. An efficient use of the Dreamliner fleet is included in the Restructuring Plan.

“The results in 2014 show we can operate effectively in this very competitive market, and there is a place for such a carrier as LOT,” added Mikosz. “However, we have to remember that this is just the first step of transformation and more challenges are ahead. This year, we are bound to repeat the financial success, as it is our goal to achieve sustained profitability and to move from restructuring to a rapid growth of the company.”

LOT has also improved other indicators. The EBITDA — indicator of company performance which determines the cash flow generating ability — also improved. EBITDA in 2014, is PLN 291 million ($77 million), compared to 2013 PLN 156 million ($41 million) and 2012 a minus PLN 346 million ($91 million).

The normalized net profit, i.e. without one-offs and accounting effects, is also positive and amounts nearly to PLN 36 million ($9.5 million). Taking into account the one-offs and accounting effects, related to the increase of currency exchanging rates (mainly of the dollar), a minus appears at the net result at the level of 263.4 million ($70 million). This is only an artificial accounting record having no effect on the actual financial health of the company. It is because the relationship between LOT’s earnings and spending in foreign currencies is fairly in balance. Therefore, no currency is in fact exchanged, but only the amounts are booked in PLN according to the valid standards. The net profit in the previous year amounted to PLN 26 million ($7 million). The normalized net profit in 2013 was a minus 67 million ($18 million).

Owing to the consistent improvement of its financial condition, LOT postponed and considerably reduced by as much as two thirds, the money it received from the second state aid tranche. At the end of 2014, LOT received PLN 127 million ($34 million.). It should be emphasized that the amount of state aid has no effect on the result.

The company’s growth policy for 2016 is underway. It will be announced in the next few months new short- and long-haul destinations. LOT will start flying on those routes at the beginning of the next year when the Restructuring Plan is formally ended.

Copyright Photo: SPA/AirlinersGallery.com. The airline attributes the turnaround to its game changing six Boeing 787-8 Dreamliners and its restructuring program as the main reasons for the change in fortunes.

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LOT Polish Airlines returns to the black

LOT Polish Airlines (Warsaw) is enjoying a financial turnaround, especially with the help of its new Boeing 787-8 Dreamliners. The airline issued this statement:

LOT Polish Airlines has consistently improved its financial standing and is now in the black. At the end of August, the airline exceeded the cumulative breakeven point, thus making a profit on its core business of flying following years of losses. This is in line with the assumptions of the restructuring plan.

Sebastian Mikosz, CEO of LOT Polish Airlines said, “Compared to the corresponding period of 2013, we have attained a better result of PLN 100M ($30,934,000). LOT is seeking to achieve sustainable profitability and we have consistently pursued our goals to meet our annual financial forecast. According to the Restructuring Plan, approved by the European Commission, we are expected to achieve a return of approximately PLN 70M ($21,654,000) in 2014. Our improved effectiveness is marked in all aspects of our operations. Reaching the breakeven point is the exclusive success of the company’s activities. There are no market-specific factors, such as aviation fuel prices or currency exchange rates that helped us achieve these results, as was the case partially last year.”

LOT began to improve its financial results in 2013. Last year closed with a slight loss on the core business of PLN 4M ($1,237,360). This result was still better than assumed in the Restructuring Plan. Last year was also the first year of many in which LOT recorded a net profit. It amounted to PLN 26M ($8,042.840).

LOT continues to finance the difficult restructuring process exclusively with its own resources. By the end of September, the airline will not apply for the second tranche of public aid, which will be smaller than assumed.

LOT owes its positive results to continuous transitions. The carrier continues to improve the quality of services, launch new products, expand its portfolio and approach new passenger groups.

LOT has also increased its transit capacities by as much as 40%, meaning passengers travelling via Warsaw are able to change more comfortably on their way to other cities in Poland and destinations in Central and Eastern Europe.

2014 marks the first year of the “Dreamliner’s effect”. The first LOT Boeing 787 jets started flying in June with now all long-haul flights operated with Dreamliners since August. This aircraft is not only popular among the passengers, but brings tangible benefits, such as fuel savings.

In July 2014, the European Commission made a positive decision about LOT. The Restructuring Plan was approved and public aid was granted. The restructuring process of the company will end at the end of 2015. Until that time, LOT may not operate new flights. However, the first new flights are to be announced at the beginning of 2015.

Copyright Photo: TMK Photography/AirlinersGallery.com. The restructuring program and the new Boeing 787s are game changers for LOT. The 787s have also changed the way people think of the airline. Boeing 787-8 SP-LRC (msn 35940) arrives in Toronto (Pearson).

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Boeing test flies a 787 with new lithium-ion battery system

Boeing (Chicago) yesterday (March 25) test flew a 787-8 with the new lithium-ion battery system. The two-hour test flight was conducted from Paine Field near Everett, Washington.

According to Reuters, the U.S. National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) has set a two-day forum for April 11-12 to examine the design and performance of lithium-ion batteries. The NTSB also plans to hold a separate hearing on the 787 battery later in April.
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Copyright Photo: Boeing. The pictured 787-8 SP-LRC (msn 35980) destined for LOT Polish Airlines was the test aircraft.