29 JUNE 2015


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Article from BTNews 29 JUNE 2015

CSeries boost?

Sebastian Mikosz, CEO of LOT Polish Airlines, confirmed to  BTN  at a Warsaw press briefing (See Star Alliance elsewhere in this issue), that he was interested in the new Bombardier CSeries aircraft and had recently visited Montreal.

“We have a clean slate,” he said:  “We have no aircraft on order, but do need new planes if we are to meet our target of doubling passenger carryings over the next five years.”  It is in the market for a new 100/150-seat aircraft, which could be purchased directly or through a leasing company.

LOT operates 10 Bombardier Q400 turboprops and 25 Embraer E-series jets.  While there are many considerations to be made regarding the aircraft choice, including engines, avionics and of course passenger comfort, the back-up received to date with its existing fleet will be of importance.  Mr Mikosz, a previous CEO, who returned to head up the government-owned airport in 2013, said he was also looking at both Russian and Japanese aircraft competing in the market segment.

LOT is interested in operating into London City Airport.  It does not at present have suitable aircraft.  The Q400 does not have the range for what would be a two-hour plus sector.  www.lot.com

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