LOT Polish Airlines will be adding Singapore to its network next year with the announcement of a new route between Warsaw and Singapore that will give the Lion City its first non-stop connection to Poland.
The new service, which will be LOT’s first Southeast Asia air link, currently has a May 15, 2018 launch date, with the initial thrice-weekly flights set to increase to a four-times weekly from July 2018, though it is unclear whether this will be a permanent or seasonal frequency increase.
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Flights will be operated by the airline’s Boeing 787-8 Dreamliner, outfitted with 252 seats in three classes – business, premium economy and economy. Business class has 18 seats in a 2-2-2 layout, while its premium economy cabin is configured 2-3-2 with 21 seats and economy 3-3-3 with 213 seats.
The launch of the new route to Singapore follows LOT Polish’s goal of focusing its attention on the North American and Asia market. Last year, the airline’s CEO, Rafał Milczarski, said: “Long-distance flights are the most profitable part of our business and being the only airlines in the region, LOT has the related growth potential. We are mostly going to focus on developing flights to North America and most important business centres in Asia.”
Notably in November last year, LOT and Japanese carrier All Nippon Airways (ANA) expanded their codeshare, adding domestic ANA-operated flights to LOT’s network.
At the time of the announcement, Changi Airport Group managing director of air hub development, Lim Ching Kiat, said: “Changi Airport Group has been actively growing Changi’s connectivity to Europe, and this new link is a fruit of our collaboration with LOT.
“Countries in Eastern Europe like Croatia, Czech Republic and Hungary are becoming more popular with Asian travellers and LOT’s new service from Singapore will bring greater convenience and new options to our passengers to reach these countries. This also opens up more opportunities for both business and leisure travel between the two regions.”
Changi Airport expects that by mid-2018, 12 airlines will offer direct services from Singapore to 18 cities in Europe.