LOT Polish Will Fly To/From Miami In 2019

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LOT Polish has been slowly growing its network of flights to/from the US for a while and now the airline has announced plans to add Miami to the list of cities that it serves.

LOT has offered flights from Warsaw to New York (JFK & Newark) and Chicago for a number of years (both cities are home to large populations of Polish descent), Chicago got LOT service from Krakow in July 2017 and, also in 2017, the airline started offering a non-stop service between Warsaw and LAX.

Earlier this year LOT surprised a few people when it began offering non-stop flights to Chicago and New York JFK out of its new base in Budapest (you’ll find some very cheap Economy Class fares on these routes) and now you can add Miami to the list of LOT’s US destinations.

From 1 June 2019 LOT will offer a 4x/week service between Warsaw and Miami using its Boeing 787-8 Dreamliners on the following schedule:

LO029 WAW 12:05 – 17:30 MIA (Mon, Wed, Fri & Sat)
LO030 MIA 20:05 – 12:15+1 day WAW (Mon, Wed, Fri & Sat)

This will be the first non-stop flight between Poland and Miami and LOT’s CEO is banking on the fact that customers from Poland’s neighboring countries (as well as Poles themselves) will want to make the most of the new service:

Currently, almost half a million passengers per year travel between Eastern Europe and Florida. I am convinced that many passengers from Poland and neighbouring countries will take advantage of our latest offer.

“It takes approximately one hour to transfer via LOT’s hub in Warsaw and continue travel to Miami onboard the most modern aircraft in the world – Boeing 787 Dreamliner. I am convinced this new nonstop service will be in favour of passengers travelling from all over the Europe and beyond.

[HT: Business Traveller for the quote]

The new route is already open for bookings and Economy Class saver awards are already bookable on United.com for 30,000 miles each way (not a great use of miles).

Business Class awards don’t appear to be available at the time of writing but that may just be down to the fact that they haven’t been loaded into the systems yet rather than a sign that they will be hard to find – bookings for this route have been open for less than 24 hours so a little patience may pay off.

LOT Polish 787-8 Dreamliner

LOT’s new 787-8 seats up to 252 passengers and offers 3 cabins of service – Business Class, Premium Economy, and Economy.

LOT’s Dreamliners have been fitted with a newer-style of Business Class seat which, although it doesn’t offer all-aisle-access, offers good lie-flat seats with a lot of personal space.

lot-787-business-class-seat-mapLOT 787-8 Business Class seat map

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In the Premium Economy cabin passengers have seats that are 19.5″ wide and which come with a seat pitch (legroom) of 38″.

That compares favorably with the Premium Economy cabin in Virgin Atlantic’s 787-900 aircraft (where the only difference is that Virgin offers 1″ more seat width) and trumps the 787 Premium Economy seats offered by American Airlines and British Airways.

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Unfortunately, the news in the Economy Class cabin isn’t so good. Actually, it’s pretty bad.

I can honestly say that I have very little desire to try out the LOT 787-8 Economy Class cabin because the seats are just too tight.

Just like a lot of other airlines LOT has crammed in 9 seats across its 787-8 Dreamliner cabin……

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…..and that means that the airline offers under 17″ of seat width in the Economy Class cabin.

Why would I want to subject myself to that?

The news doesn’t get any better when it comes to legroom either.

The airline has squeezed in 213 Economy Class seats into the cabin and that has left the seat pitch at just 31″.

Put simply, the pictures of the Economy Class cabin make it look perfectly ok…

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lot-economy-class-787-8-dreamliner-1….. but the underlying truth is that it’s just about as cramped a cabin as you’ll find for travel across the Atlantic.

Bottom Line

It’s always good news when we get another route between Europe and the US because that has to be good for our chances of finding premium cabin award space to/from the US.

The Business Class cabin may not be of the same standard that you’ll find on American’s 777s or Delta’s suite-equipped aircraft but it’s still not a bad option…and the Premium Economy cabin looks decent too.

The only health warning here comes for anyone considering the Economy Class cabin – avoid it if you possibly can.