LOT Polish Airlines recently launched New Delhi – Warsaw flight. The route is being served by Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner with three cabins (LOT Business Class, LOT Premium Economy Class, LOT Economy Class). LOT operates this route five times per week and thus ensuring the most convenient travel option not only to Poland but also providing seamless transfers to Central, Western and Eastern Europe. New Delhi is now LOT’s 6th Asian destination.
"Today we had a pleasure to welcome the first Indian guests aboard our Dreamliner operating between New Delhi and Warsaw. LOT not only provides the shortest and most convenient way of travel to Warsaw but also developed a perfect gateway to all passengers travelling from the Delhi catchment area to Europe. LOT is the leading legacy carrier in Central and Eastern Europe - the fastest growing region of the continent. There is a huge potential of air travels - almost 9.5M passengers travelled between India and Europe and 3.3M between Delhi and Europe during the last 12 months. Our convenient schedule, including an overnight eastbound flight, a comfortable on-board product and seamless connectivity via Warsaw, will certainly increase the flow of business and leisure travellers coming to and from India,” says Rafał Milczarski, CEO of LOT Polish Airlines.
LOT will be the first carrier from Central and Eastern Europe to connect India with so many European cities, connecting the home town airports of Star Alliance member carriers: LOT Polish Airlines and Air India. The new route launch features excellent onward connectivity via Warsaw, starting from just 40 minutes transit time for example to London City Airport, Paris, Brussels, Kraków, Geneva, Amsterdam, Stuttgart, Nuremberg, Hanover, Oslo, Düsseldorf, Hamburg, Berlin, Billund, Prague and Budapest.
New Delhi was chosen not without reason as the next LOT destination in Asia. After Singapore, India is the second largest direct investment market in Asia for Polish businesses. For India, Poland is an important investment market i.e. in the IT sector and a gateway to all countries within the European Union.
“Opening direct flights always accelerates the potential in the tourism industry. Due to the new LOT flight to Delhi, many Poles will decide to visit India, even though they had no such plans before. I heartily encourage them to do so, since India is an amazing destination with its diversity, cultural heritage and outstanding cuisine. I am very happy that from now on LOT will be a carrier of choice for many Polish and other European tourists wanting to explore India”, says LOT’s CEO. On the other hand, we hope to see more Indian guests visiting the magnificent cities like Warsaw, Kraków, Gdańsk or Wrocław – adds Rafał Milczarski.
LOT’s first regular flight from Warsaw to New Delhi was operated in 1985 with a stopover in Tashkent. LOT introduced Boeing 767 on the route in the early 1990s. Today, after more than 30 years the Boeing 787 Dreamliner will cover the distance of 5,271 Kilometres in just 7 hours.
The Warsaw to New Delhi route launch is part of the profitable growth strategy, which LOT Polish Airlines has been implementing since early 2016. As result over three years, LOT has become the fastest growing airline in Europe, doubled its fleet size and having launched over 70 new routes worldwide. By the end of 2019, additional B787 Dreamliner will join the fleet, increasing the total number of LOT wide-body aircraft to 15.
In 2018, LOT carried more than 8.9 million passengers aboard its flights, an increase of 2 million versus 2017. For 2019, it plans to welcome 10 million guests. LOT Polish Airlines is a fully integrated member of the Miles & More frequent flyer program and a member of Star Alliance since 2003.