WARSAW – LOT Polish Airlines has acquired yet another Embraer E190. This is also the 39th Embraer in LOT’s fleet. The additional aircraft will increase LOT’s capacity in the summer season.
The plane arrived in Warsaw on Wednesday 25th of May.
Embraer (MSN19000330) and SP-LMF registration, are leased from Nordic Aviation Capital (NAC). The plane was flown to Poland on 24-25 May with three stopovers.
The repositioning route of flight LO9004 was Macon Middle Georgia Regional Airport (MCN) – Newark (EWR) – Goose Bay (YYR) – Reykjavik (KEF) – Warsaw (WAW).
The newest E190 in the fleet was produced in December 2009 and it was delivered to Azul Linhas Aéreas Brasileiras.
Then, after being withdrawn by Azul, the aircraft was parked by NAC at Macon Airport from 2019 to 2022.
The new acquisition, like the other E190s, takes 106 passengers on board and does not yet have LOT Polish Airlines colors, but it will receive them in Warsaw at the LOT AMS maintenance facility.
LOT uses all versions of the popular E-Jets:
- E170 – first delivery 8 March 2004.
- E175 – first delivery 25 April 2006.
- E190 – first delivery 17 December 2018.
- E195 – first delivery 11 April 2011.
There are currently 75 aircraft in LOT’s fleet.
Including 39 Brazilian aircraft: six E170s, 12 E175s (including two at the government’s disposal), six E190s, and 15 E195s.
What fleet for the coming years? Airbus to replace Embraer?
LOT Polish Airlines is faced with a decision to acquire new aircraft.
The company’s chief executive stresses that some of the aircraft currently in use no longer meet the carrier’s requirements in terms of fuel economy and ecology.
The Q400s are already being phased out and, in five years’ time, we will say goodbye to the currently used Embraers. What planes will LOT need?
The pandemic and Boeing’s problems with the B737 MAX have caused LOT Polish Airlines to abandon its earlier plans for fleet expansion.
The national carrier has resigned from taking delivery of the last two Boeing 787-9 and 10 737 MAX 8s.
A few days ago, we informed you that LOT had sent out inquiries concerning orders for regional and supra-regional aircraft.
“This is a sign of our responsibility for sustainable development”, comments the carrier’s CEO, Rafal Milcarzski.
One of the main factors determining the choice of the supplier is to be lower fuel consumption than that of the aircraft currently in use.
LOT CEO emphasizes that the process of fleet replacement will take a long time.
The analyses that LOT has to carry out for that purpose are extremely complicated. Carrier has already defined its expectations as to the configuration of the new machines, their operational indicators, and fuel-saving indicators.
Although Milczarski does not give further details, he claims that the previously quoted figures (60-80 planes) are not true. A few months ago, however, Maciej Wilk of LOT’s management board spoke of the need to purchase around 50-60 aircraft.
You can read more in our article “LOT Polish Airlines To Make Mega Order of 60-80 Aircraft“.