Posted on: 04 December 2017 by Kimberley Young
LOT Polish Airlines has received delivery of its first Boeing 737 MAX, with the aircraft also being the first 737 MAX to be delivered by Air Lease Corporation (ALC).
The MAX 8 is the first of six of the aircraft type on long-term lease to the airline from ALC’s order book with Boeing. It also marks the first 737 MAX to operate in Central and Eastern Europe.
“We are proud to be one of the first carriers in the world with the state-of-the-art Boeing 737 MAX aircraft in our short- and middle-haul fleet,” said Rafal Milczarski, chief executive officer, LOT Polish Airlines. “We are already one of the fastest-growing European airlines and I am certain that this big step forward will help us achieve our goals of increasing our operational effectiveness and improving our service.”
Steven F Udvar-Hazy, Air Lease Corporation’s executive chairman, said: “We are very pleased to announce this first 737 MAX lease placement with LOT, which is the first of six new 737 MAX 8s on long-term lease to the airline. The MAX 8 offers new efficiencies and an enhanced passenger experience that will better serve LOT’s growing route networks.”
Aside from the six MAX 8s, LOT plans to expand its fleet of Dreamliners by adding four more 787-9s by the end of 2019.
The airline is using the new aircraft to grow its network. Since 2016, it has announced the launch of 42 routes and in May 2018 it will launch connections from Warsaw to Singapore as well as from Budapest to New York City and Chicago.
The lessor, ALC, has 129 more 737 MAX aircraft on order.