LONDON – New cabin configuration in business class and a new in-flight entertainment system. These are the most important novelties that LOT wants to introduce into the interiors of its Dreamliners, reports aviation portal Rynek Lotniczy.
According to Rynek Lotniczy’s article LOT announces that the airline’s flagship long-haul aircraft will be adjusted to the latest standards. Maciej Wilk, LOT Chief Operating Officer, points out that in the next few years, LOT plans to launch a campaign to reconfigure the cabin of its Boeing 787 Dreamliner.
Such projects are, of course, expensive and require long-term planning. The earliest possible date for completing the modernization of the first B787 is 2024.
Business-class is to change the most.
We want, in principle, to follow current trends, which require direct aisle access. At the same time we want there to be slightly more seats in business class than now. We also want to provide passengers with more privacyannounces Maciej Wilk.
For the time being, LOT conducts detailed analyses in order to determine the optimal shape of the Dreamliners’ interior after the changes.
However, we have not yet established the number of seats, the type of in-flight Internet or a specific entertainment systeminforms Wilk.
LOT does not want to repeat the old mistakes
We already know that we should not expect a radical increase or decrease in the number of seats. Rather, the seats will be replaced with more comfortable and at the same time lighter ones.
The inflight entertainment system will also be new. The one operating in the B787-8 aircraft is already very archaic.
Maciej Wilk convinces the airline not to want to repeat the mistakes of the past. Boeing 767s looked bad in the late stage. Their cabins have not been refreshed and adjusted to the current market trends for a very long time.
LOT B787’s cabin configuration
The airline’s B787-8 takes 252 passengers on board. 18 in business class (2-2-2), 21 in premium (2-3-2) and 213 in economy (3-3-3).
The larger B787-9 takes 294 passengers on board. 24 in business class (2-2-2), 21 in premium (2-3-2) and 249 in economy (3-3-3).
B787 in LOT fleet
LOT Polish Airlines now has 15 Boeing 787 Dreamliners in its fleet: eight B787-8s and seven 787-9s.
However, in September last year, the carrier canceled the delivery of two more of the ordered aircraft (B787-9).
The first B787-8 was delivered in November 2012. In January 2013, the aircraft carried its first passengers.
Over the past few years, LOT’s fleet of Dreamliners has grown, but during their operation, they have encountered various problems.
The most serious being those with batteries and with the Trent 1000 engines manufactured by Rolls-Royce.