LOT Polish Airlines has decided not to pick up two of the Boeing 787 Dreamliners that are parked in the Mojave Desert in the US, Rzeczpospolita has learned. Reason? The ongoing crisis on the long-haul market.
LOT’s fleet includes eight B787 8 Dreamliners with 252 passengers, and nine B787 9 Dreamliners with 294 seats. Three planes are grounded at the airport in Rzeszów.
“While the traffic inside Europe is starting to recover, we can still see a very deep breakdown in the segment of intercontinental flights. The opening of the United States is a good signal, but we must remember that, on the other hand, we have a closed Asian market, which is of key importance for LOT. Therefore, we have to be flexible about the management of the fleet of long-haul aircraft, and due to the fact that the manufacturer delayed the delivery, we took advantage of the possibility of withdrawing from the collection of the other two Boeing 787 planes” – says Maciej Wilk, LOT’s board member responsible for operational activities.