LOT Polish Airlines plans to increase frequencies on its North American routes as the Warsaw-based carrier takes delivery of four more Boeing 787-9s in 2019.

Starting from June 2019, the additional flights include:

  • Warsaw-Toronto (Canada) frequencies to increase from 9X- to 12X-weekly;
  • Warsaw-Los Angeles (California) services to increase from 6X- to 7X-weekly;
  • Warsaw-Newark (New Jersey) services to increase from 4X- to 5X-weekly; and
  • New 4X-weekly Warsaw-Miami (Florida) services to launch June 1.

The Star Alliance member’s long-haul fleet comprises eight 252-seat Boeing 787-8s and three 294-seat 787-9s.

Three additional 787-9s are scheduled to be delivered by the end of May, with a fourth one to arrive by the end of 2019. LOT said the additional aircraft will boost capacity by 40%.

The larger 787-9s variant will be operated mainly from Warsaw to Seoul (South Korea); Tokyo Narita (Japan); Beijing (China); Chicago O’Hare (ORD) as well as Krakow-ORD.

LOT head of network Robert Ludera said the US and Canada are the carrier’s “strategic long-distance markets. Enhanced passenger service to those destinations is consistent with LOT’s 2016-2020 strategy as part of which the Warsaw Chopin Airport hub is to be developed.”

In 2017, LOT transported more than 6.8 million passengers, up 25% year-over-year. This year, the carrier expects to transport 8.9 million passengers, expanding to 10 million in 2019.

Kurt Hofmann hofmann.aviation@netway.at