LOT Polish has received notification from Boeing that its first Dreamliner aircraft will be delivered in April next year.
The carrier says that it is has been “officially notified” of the new date by Boeing, which will see its first 787 aircraft delivered in April 2012, followed by four further Dreamliners set to be delivered between August and November next year.
LOT says that “In the light of this information, and of the current contracts for Boeing 767 aircraft, LOT Polish Airlines are preparing a seamless fleet replacement programme for long distance flights, while at the same time carrying out its plans to expand its connection network to Asia and continue flights to North America”.
The Dreamliner’s launch has been subject to several delays, the latest being caused by an in-flight fire during testing last year (see online news January 18). Japanese airline ANA is the launch customer for the aircraft, although as yet no firm date has been set for the first delivery.
Report by Mark Caswell