Polish flag-carrier LOT expects to improve its earnings this year as a restructuring effort at the loss-making airline reaches its final stages.
Chief executive Marcin Pirog says the carrier will complete its restructuring in March 2013.
Over the last 24 months, he says, the airline has managed to save around Pzl500 million ($160 million) but the cost of fuel is still weighing on its books.
"We'll probably miss our target of being in black figures [this year]," Pirog says. "But we've dramatically improved our EBIT."
LOT is due to take its first Boeing 787 in mid-November. By March the airline will be operating five of the type, as well as 28 Embraer twinjets and a number of Bombardier Q400s.
"We'll have the newest fleet in Europe," says Pirog, adding that figures this year show the airline is experiencing strong traffic growth.
"Usually when you restructure, most of the time you shrink - we're the fastest-growing European airline."
The carrier will configure its 252-seat 787s with an 18-seat business-class cabin - although Pirog says this will be "closer to first class" - as well as a 21-seat premium-economy cabin.
Pirog adds that, as part of the upgrade, the carrier is providing a one-to-one service in business class, while other on-board changes are designed to reflect "Polishness".
He says that the restructuring ought to aid the Polish government's long-held plans to privatise the carrier - an intention which remains in limbo.
"The healthier and better LOT is, the easier will be its privatisation," he says.
LOT will take delivery of its last three 787s over the course of 2014-15.
"I can say with confidence that [the 787 debut] is a breakthrough moment for LOT," says Pirog. "I am convinced that the offer which we are presenting to our passengers will meet great interest, and an aircraft such as the  will delight and meet the expectations of each traveller."