29 JUNE 2015
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As the Star Alliance Chief Executives gathered in Warsaw last week for their biennial gathering (see in this issue) Sebastian Mikosz, boss of host carrier LOT, outlined the airlines strategy. It plans to double in size over the next five years.
In addition to three new connections to Asia – Tokyo, Seoul and Bangkok – LOT plans more than a dozen new European routes. Announcing the most dynamic growth in the company’s history, Mr Mikosz LOT made clear his strategy was to compete for leadership in the region aiming to become the largest network carrier in what he termed “The New Europe” zone, Belarus, Bulgaria, Czech Republic, Hungary, Moldova, Poland, Romania, Slovakia, and Ukraine.
“As a mature Alliance with a comprehensive network and good, close relationships between our member airlines we are excellently placed to offer continuous enhancements in various ways that together improve the Alliance travel experience,” said Star Alliance CEO Mark Schwab.
He cited as examples the successful opening of Heathrow T2, and rolling out across the network Gold Track Security – a dedicated security lane for First and Business Class passengers as well as Star Alliance Gold Card holders. The CEOs also reviewed the successful implementation of several new IT systems using the latest technologies to provide a more reliable and faster service. www.lot.com www.staralliance.com
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